Well thought out, quality home improvements can boost the value of a property, or help you keep up with the neighbours if you are inclined that way. But if you are unsure as to what you should be doing, our infographic will be able to help as it can show you how to get the most out of a renovation.
Begin by looking through those glossy magazines of beautiful homes that festoon newsagents' shelves, or scour the Internet for photos of the rooms you would like to change. Talk to friends and family members who have had work done, because the more you know about what you want the better you will be at planning out your time and budget to minimise stress.
Certain types of renovations such as loft conversions and room extensions can increase the value of your home. However you should always be aware that the more personal the change to your home the more likely future buyers could be put off by it, so always take this into consideration before knocking down walls!
If you know you don't have the DIY skills necessary, once you have your budget in place contact professional tradesmen, and always be sure to get several quotes. The cheapest isn't always the best, and wherever possible ask to see photos of previous work, or get the details of clients who have provided glowing references.
Although summer is generally the season to embark on home improvements, the best time to renovate is always after a project has been thoroughly thought out.