Now is the time to think about im­prove­ments

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NOW that the win­ter is fast ap­proach­ing, there is no bet­ter time to think about get­ting stuck into some DIY and do­ing some work on your home to make sure it is safe and cosy as the darker, colder months ap­proach.

Whether you want to add an ex­tra bed­room, in­stall new win­dows, up­date your heat­ing sys­tem or im­prov­ing the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of your home, there are lots of ways you can add value with­out hav­ing the stress and up­heaval of mov­ing house.

If you are con­sid­er­ing adding an ex­ten­sion to your home, whether you want to dou­ble the foot­print or sim­ply ex­tend a room, there are lots of qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced builders in the area who will be ready to take on the chal­lenge.

Make sure to shop around and get a few quotes be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

New win­dows can re­ally trans­form a home.

Not only can they cut down on heat­ing costs by help­ing to ex­clude draughts and stop the heat es­cap­ing, they can also change the ap­pear­ance of your house, up­dat­ing a tired 80s ex­te­rior into a sleek, mod­ern fronted home.

From PVC to wood, sash win­dows to bi­fold doors, the choice, colour and styles avail­able are lim­it­less.

If your gar­den needs a trim or you want to plant some new trees to give it a new look, there are a host of lo­cal com­pa­nies of­fer­ing a huge range of ser­vices from gar­den cen­tres pro­vid­ing a range new shrubs to land­scap­ing ser­vices, hedge main­te­nance as well as tree plant­ing and much more.

Of course, ren­o­vat­ing your home can be a messy busi­ness and of­ten in­volves a sub­stan­tial amount of rub­ble and clut­ter re­moval and a need for heavy ma­chin­ery.

You may want to con­sider hir­ing a skip to re­move some of the de­bris in­volved.

Of course, if you have re­cently pur­chased a new house which needs some mod­erni­sa­tion, you may be con­sid­er­ing em­ploy­ing skilled pro­fes­sion­als to up­date im­por­tant things like the electrics, heat­ing sys­tem and the plumb­ing.

It is a good idea to carry out any of th­ese im­prove­ment works in tan­dem with an up­dates planned such as struc­tural changes to the house or up­dat­ing kitchens and bath­rooms.

If you are plan­ning an up­date, the new home ren­o­va­tion tax re­lief could be worth ex­plor­ing.

You could ben­e­fit from sig­nif­i­cant tax sav­ings when ren­o­vat­ing your home.

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