Your guide to home and gar­den liv­ing . .

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Hom eown­ers have lit­tle con­trol over peaks and troughs in the hous­ing mar­ket.

How­ever, this does not mean you have no con­trol over the rise and fall in price of your own home. You al­ways should en­sure it is the ab­so­lute best it can be, and that means im­prove­ments. Here are some sug­ges­tions.

A fresh coat of paint can bring life to the most derelict of ob­jects: doors, cup­boards, cab­i­nets, stair­cases, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Paint­ing a house in­side and out can see a mon­u­men­tal in­crease in value, with some prop­er­ties see­ing up to £10,000 added. Clean­ing hard­wood floors is a tough task and no mat­ter how hard you scrub they never seem to have that orig­i­nal shine. Other than re­fin­ish­ing the floors - which is an ex­pen­sive task - the only op­tion is to use floor pol­ish.

Space is a virtue of any home and it shouldn’t be ac­cepted that some of the house is closed off. Removing un­used ob­jects is an easy way to make space. You can even re­move walls. Advertising Fea­ture

Car­pets are tram­pled on ev­ery day and are for­got­ten as the things un­der our feet. Due to this, they sometimes do not look as good as they should. Re­plac­ing a car­pet can make a room feel new, es­pe­cially if it’s a con­trast­ing colour.

In­stalling a fire­place not only adds a dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment, it also has sev­eral prac­ti­cal func­tions. A fire­place al­lows you to have eco-friendly heat­ing while en­joy­ing the cosi­ness and warmth of a camp­fire. Also, with gas and elec­tric bills on the rise, a fire­place is great way cut some of those costs. While adding a fire­place will set you back t has caused value in­creases of 5 per cent in some homes.

This isn’t al­ways an op­tion, and for oth­ers it will mean sac­ri­fic­ing a chunk of the front gar­den. But it does yield great re­wards. It is an im­prove­ment which could cost as much as £10,000 to £20,000 but could yield £50,000.

An ex­ten­sion can turn a three-bed­room house into a five-bed­room house and a two-storey house into three storeys.

An en­suite bath­room fea­tured in the mas­ter bed­room at­taches a sense of style and fi­nesse to the prop­erty. If you’re look­ing for a sim­ple shower and toi­let, the price will amount to just a few thou-

Make your home the best it can be with a few sim­ple tips to bring in­te­rior liv­ing space to life once again

Re­wards Reap the re­wards of clut­ter-free liv­ing and make the most of your out­door or gar­den space dur­ing the sum­mer months too

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