So some of the benefits of engaging in a little do-it-yourself home improvement are immediately obvious. Others may come as a pleasant surprise. Here’s a quick run down of some of the most important.
1. Making your home a more comfortable place can have remarkable effects on your stress levels and personal happiness. It may seem obvious that improving the look and feel of your home can have a positive impact upon your quality of life, but reorganising and rethinking things like storage solutions, the amount of light you get in a particular space and designating areas of your home to work and relaxation can really help to boost your mood and productivity.
2. DIY also comes with a range of financial benefits. Improving the ‘finish’ on your property – things like flawless paintwork, smoothed out skirting boards, polished and protected kitchen surfaces – can go a long way to adding to its value. Should you choose to sell, a property requiring minimal corrective and maintenance work is likely to fetch a much higher price than one that represents several hours of hard graft fixing up odds and ends. Aim for perfection.
3. Adding a few simple security mechanisms to your home and its surroundings can also help you to save some extra cash. Many home insurance policies will offer reductions on premium prices to customers who can show that they are making a conscientious effort to improve the security of their homes and reduce the risk of burglary. Most insurers will list improved brands of locks that can be fitted on windows and doors, as well as burglar alarms. It’s definitely worth investigating with the reputable providers, such as Santander, who come as recommended for insurance products. After all, if spending a couple of hours installing such devices is likely to cut your insurance costs and you to get a sound night’s sleep it’s worth it!