Home Improvements 2022
We’re not far off entering 2022, which means turning a fresh leaf on a fresh year. Many people make all sorts of resolutions for the year ahead to improve their quality of life. Whether that’s a health related goal, a career related goal or anything else.
Now, if you’re struggling for a resolution, why not turn your mind to your living space. This is probably your biggest outgoing and the place that you spend the most time, so you’re going to want to maintain or increase its value and to make sure that it’s a comfortable and enjoyable space to relax in. Home improvements could be a good area of focus for the upcoming year to achieve this.
Here are a few areas to consider and help get you started on your home improvements 2022 goal.
Home Improvements 2022 – Where to Start
Home Improvements 2022 – Step 1 – Deep Cleaning
One of the simplest and most straightforward home improvement activities, that can make a real difference, is carrying out a deep clean. Some people leave this until spring, but why not have a fresh start for the new year? Deep cleaning can make your property shine and will make it a much more comfortable and enjoyable space to spend time in.
Sure, we all carry out routine cleaning tasks on a day to day basis. Chances are you vacuum, wipe down work surfaces in the kitchen, dust and sweep as part of your daily tasks. But there are other, less regularly tackled, areas of home cleaning that you really should focus on every once in a while.
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Home Improvements 2022 – Step 2 – Decoration
Few people decorate their home regularly. This is understandable. It’s a time consuming task that can take a lot of planning and effort. But redecorating your home can make a huge difference to how the place looks and feels for you and anyone else living in it. Start out by focussing on one room at a time and spread the task out throughout the year – you don’t need to do everything at once. This can make the venture less daunting and more easily tackled.
Alternatively, you could call in professionals who can take the hard work out of your hands. Not only will this lift the weight from your own shoulders, but it will also mean that you get a quality, professional finish.
Further Reading: Redecorating Your Home – 9 Nifty & Trending Design Ideas
Home Improvements 2022 – Step 3- Heating
Your home should have good heating options year-round. This will make sure that you can get comfy and cosy in your living space, even during the winter months. Consider options like All Seasons Energy to maintain a good temperature in your home at the same time as avoiding huge energy bills. You may also want to consider additional, luxury forms of heating, such as underfloor heating or heated towel rails in the bathroom.
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Home Improvements 2022 – Step 4 – Renovations
Renovations are one of the biggest changes you can make to your home. They don’t only change the look and feel of your home, but they can completely alter its structure, making it a more practical and usable space for you. There are countless different renovations you can make to your home, but some of the most popular tend to include extensions, adding en-suites, converting unused spaces into rooms (like lofts, basements and garages) or even taking down walls between rooms to create bigger spaces. Whatever renovations you’re considering, you should make sure to follow the two pieces of advice below.
- Set Yourself a Budget – first and foremost, you should make sure that you set yourself a budget. Renovations can quickly get out of hand when it comes to cost and you need to be make sure that you’re being realistic when it comes to the amount you’re willing to spend on these changes. Any contractors you’re considering working with to get your renovations done – whether that’s an architect, builder or anyone else – will be more than happy to provide you with a quote before starting work.
- Get Planning Permission – you also need to make sure that you’ll be provided planning permission for your project. Put simply, planning permission is a permit that allows you to undertake your chosen renovation. It ensures that the changes you’re making to your property are acceptable and won’t affect the value or lifestyle of the properties surrounding you.
- For example, an extension that completely blocks light or a view from a neighbouring property might not be accepted. Getting planning permission is essential, because without it, you could be asked to revert all changes made to your home, which can prove costly and time consuming.
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These are just a few suggestions that can make all the difference when it comes to improving your home in the new year. Hopefully, at least one or two will appeal to you and you’ll be able to add them to your ‘Home Improvements 2022’ to-do list!
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