Make 2017 the year you stop procrastinating when it comes to those home improvements you’ve been thinking about, and get started on making your home more desirable to buyers, or just more comfortable to live in if you intend to stay put. Here are the top home renovation new year resolutions homeowners in Ireland should make for 2017 to see the biggest returns on investment.
Replace your old boiler
If your boiler is over 15 years old, and you’ve noticed that your annual service is starting to include some replacement parts, then it might be time to think about upgrading completely to a newer energy efficient model, which can help save you money on home heating oil in the long run by operating more efficiently. These new boilers require less energy to run, and they don’t waste any home heating oil in the process. A new boiler will see you through another 15-20 years, so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while.
Fix those broken roof tiles
Over time, your roof tiles can deteriorate and if there’s a period of stormy weather, it can damage or destroy your roof tiles completely. This allows water to seep into the attic or roof space of your house, and once there it can lead to all sorts of problems – like rot, damp and mould for starters. Don’t put off this task any longer – get your roof tiles repaired or replaced as soon as you notice any damage.
Upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one
Making this change to a programmable thermostat will give you so much more control over your heating, and therefore your heating bills. You’ll be able to control exactly what time the heating goes on and off, and program it for specific days of the week so that it works entirely around you.
Front garden makeover
This is the first view someone has of your home – so make it count. Home renovations don’t have to be limited to just the inside of your house, and wouldn’t your garden benefit from a little TLC? Check out these amazing before and after transformations for some inspiration. Make sure to maintain your garden in the winter months, even if it’s just sweeping up leaves, replacing dead plants and keeping an eye out for any litter which makes it look untidy and unloved.
Update the attic insulation
When was the last time you even thought about your attic insulation? Old and damaged insulation is ineffective at keeping the heat in your home, and unfortunately with attic insulation it’s not a one-time fix. The recommended thickness for attic insulation is 25-27cm, so if yours is less than this it’s not likely to be doing much good. Take some time in 2017 to get new loft insulation and roll it out – you’ll soon notice a big difference to how much heat is retained.
Energy efficient appliances in the kitchen
You won’t be surprised to learn that often in our homes the biggest energy guzzlers are found in the kitchen – the fridge freezer, the washing machine, the tumble drier and the dishwasher. Make sure that any new appliances you buy (perhaps in the January sales) are all rated A+ or higher for efficiency.