Best Home Improvement Ideas

1. Smart home technologies

“According to the most recent Luxury Portfolio Global Luxury Real Estate Report, 76% of buyers agree: Having a ‘smart home’ is very important to me. In particular, safety is a top concern. Of those surveyed, 39% are looking for a convenient, centralized network that securely controls smart-home and internet connections; aka the ability to operate a home security system through a mobile device.”

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2. Outdoor living space

“According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home, more so than open floor plans and curb appeal. As such, outdoor spaces are becoming an ideal investment, not only for current homeowners’ enjoyment, but also for sellers looking to bring added value to a home for future sale.”

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3. Maximizing energy efficiency

“Making energy-efficient upgrades will give you more bang for your buck in 2018. When thinking of energy efficiency, people often go straight to solar panels. However, smaller changes like upgrading your HVAC, water heater, or windows can also cut energy costs — resulting in an accumulation of savings over time. You can even make improvements as simple as adding solar-powered lighting to your front yard, which will help increase overall savings.”

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4. Modernized bathrooms

“Modern bathroom trends are staying the same in 2018 as in 2017. Clean lines with rustic touches. Adding grays into the color scheme is also very popular right now and most consider this the greatest non-offensive tone to go choose from. (Beige is out.) Be careful, though, buyers like a very light gray. Some darker grays can come across as purple in certain lights.”

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5. Refreshed finishes

“Not all renovations have to be huge. I like to suggest that homeowners update their finishes before they go to sell because it’s not always easy for buyers to visualize the potential of a space. If a space is really run down and a buyer thinks that he will have to redo everything, it’s easy to either over or underestimate the cost to achieve what it could look like. Older finishes also eliminate a big chunk of the buyers out there who just aren’t willing to do the work.”

ROI in 2018

Home improvements can be a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, while you’re living in the space, it’s only natural to want to create a space you’ll enjoy. On the other, if you intend to sell, you also want to make changes that appeal to buyers.

Improved Kitchen Things

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To help you sift through what can only be described as an endless scroll of inspiration, we’ve polled decor experts and real estate pros to comment on the most popular kitchen design ideas and how to achieve them. Here are six inspiring looks, whether you’re planning a remodel or simply like drooling over magazine-worthy kitchens.

Classic white kitchen design ideas

Simple, clean, and airy, a kitchen whose palette is dominated by white is a safe bet when it comes to kitchen design. “Classic white is truly timeless,” notes Anna Shiwlall, an interior designer with 27 Diamonds in Los Angeles. “Not only does it look neat and bright, but it gives the illusion of a bigger space.” And since white is neutral, it allows the room’s design elements to shine. To keep your look from becoming too sterile or blinding, add color pops when choosing light fixtures, tile for the backsplash, flooring, and window treatments.

High-tech

Do you love clean lines? How about a room with a design that’s so bare, it’s almost hard to tell which room it is? A high-tech kitchen could be the style for you. “This look focuses on the architecture rather than comfort or color,” notes Catherine Pulcine of CPI Interiors in Ottawa. Compared to other styles, it can feel sterile and cold, but the minimalism has a way of standing out on its own.

Best Steps For Gardening

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Hiring a landscape gardner

It’s certainly worth taking the advice of a garden designer if you’re planning fundamental changes to your garden. They will come up with a plan of how to maximise space and can show you photos or take you around similar gardens they’ve transformed.

Depending on the size of the garden, you can expect to pay around £400 for an initial consultation and plan, and from around 5 to 15% of the value of the project

Less is more

The availability of outdoor space is at a premium, so you need to consider what you want to use the garden for and what type of buyers it might attract when you eventually come to sell. If it is a family home, it’s wise to maintain a grassy area for children to play on while a low-maintenance garden will be a top priority for busy City professionals. Older buyers tend to have more leisure time, so may be happy to have more flower beds, trees and areas that need tending. But overstock your garden with plants, and you could put off all but the keenest horticulturalists.

Patios and decking

A terrace is high up on most people’s wish list, so look at ways to step out into the garden on to decking or a patio. For a family house, you need enough hard surfacing to put a table and chairs out for six to eight people plus space for a barbecue and a few plants in containers.

More people are investing in lighting and patio heaters to extend the amount of time they can use their garden. With a covered terrace and heating, you can enjoy the outdoors throughout the year.

Kerb appeal

First impressions count, so don’t neglect your front garden. Keep it tidy and well presented, and plant slow-growing plants that don’t need much maintenance. Invest in screening – perhaps a trellis or fence – to conceal unsightly wheelie bins.

In inner city areas where parking is at a premium, you may want to add a driveway – but call in the professionals. Since 2008, there has been stricter legislation on paving over front gardens, due to concerns about the effect on the environment of removing green spaces in urban areas.