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Top ten home improvement projects Part I

Research from earlier in the year by GoCompare listed the top 10 home improvement projects homeowners have planned for the next three years. Here they are in all their glory:

1.      New kitchen (34%)

The kitchen is one of the high-traffic rooms in the house, along with the bathroom and the living room. People update their kitchens for a number of reasons: to bring in more natural light, to update old or broken appliances or to add value to their homes.

 2.      Building an extension (30%)

Extra square footage has clear advantages. Whether you fancy a bit of extra space or you’re a growing family which needs space for little ones to run around, an extension can make this a reality. Make sure that your extension adds a functional living space – so extend a small living room rather than add an unnecessary guest bedroom – and check your plans are in keeping with the style of your property, especially if you live in a period home.

3.      New bathroom (29%)

Outdated bathrooms are a turn off for residents and potential buyers. Update a bathroom with quality features such as glass screens instead of shower curtains, mixer taps rather than separate hot and cold ones and a chrome heated towel rail. You can still go traditional without risking a bathroom looking outdated – freestanding baths with legs and rolled tops exude elegance, for example.

4.      Garden makeover (20%)

Homeowners increasingly consider gardens an extension of their homes. Viewing it as a usable living space, many people have gone to town to create a beautiful outdoor space complete with fire pits, funky lighting and impressive floral displays. A stunning garden is not only a joy to look at and relax in during the warmer months but can also add value to your home.

5.      New central heating (15%)

It may be one of the less creative DIY projects on the list, but fitting energy-saving central heating is fast becoming a priority for many. If you are looking to save money in the long-run or drive up the value of your home, it may be worth considering a high-efficiency boiler as these can significantly bring down your heating bills and appeal to ‘green’ buyers.

If there is a home improvement project you are desperate to get underway in the family home, joint loans can give you the cash you need to get the ball rolling.

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Andrew Wayland is a financial marketing expert and helped set up Everyday Loans back in 2006. Prior to his position as Head of Marketing for Everyday Loans he worked as the Head of Commercial Development for a tech start up and ran his own PR agency for around 5 years. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-wayland-9018074