August 19th, 2016 in


What Are The Different Types of Home Improvement?

Interest in home improvement has increased significantly over the past decade. It’s why the likes of Bunnings (Australia), Home Depot (USA), and B&Q (UK) are booming. For many they’re the equivalent of adult candy stores for the DIY addict.

We love to live in a home that’s got all the creature comforts, latest gadgets and appliances, and is super stylish as well. And yet there’s no denying that at times we find ourselves wanting more. That might not be the case for everyone, but many people certainly like changing their home in one way or another on a regular basis.

And it’s fairly easy to do. All it takes are some great home improvement ideas, a chunk of free time, and of course, a bit of cash. You can also have a lot of fun customizing your home especially if you get a few friends around to pitch in.

But why is home improvement a good idea to begin with? Let’s find out.

What is Home Improvement?

Simply put, home improvement is any project that enables you to make additions or adjustments to your home. It usually involves tools, hardware and building materials that you can get from a dedicated home store like the ones listed above.

For the most part, it involves improving the way your home looks and functions. The process itself can be simple or it can be very complex, it all depends on you, your expectations and your needs!

6 Key Areas for Home Improvement

Yes there are, and you’re free to choose whichever one you require for your circumstances. There are no set rules. Most of the time it pertains to the house structure in some way. But there are situations where it may also include the garden, outdoor structures, garages and so on.

Also included are general servicing, repair and maintenance as well. It’s important to note that each home improvement task has its own specific goal and is focused on delivering a certain outcome.

For example, you may need to build a garage for use as a workshop, an office space, an extra bedroom, or to park your new car. Each one has a different reason and requires a different approach to the home improvement planning.

Below are some of the home improvement types you may choose to undertake.

1. Comfort

The main focus here is on upgrading things like:

  • Heating, HVAC and ventilation systems
  • Upgrading rooms with new luxury items
  • Waterproofing basements
  • Soundproofing rooms


2. Repair & Maintenance

These are home improvement tasks that cover:

  • Roof replacement & repairs
  • Plumbing repair
  • Masonry & concrete repair and so on


3. The Need for More Space

Many people opt for home improvement when they need more living space. It may seem like a daunting task at first but it’s good to keep in mind that it will boost your overall quality of living when completed. It’s also a great investment in the long run.

Some of the peripheral areas of your home can be pretty easy to turn into liveable spaces too. For example:

  • Attics can become bedrooms
  • Basements can become man caves or an office
  • Adding more rooms to the side of the house
  • Going up a level or two, extending the roof


4. Energy Saving Measures

These days, many homeowners are on the lookout for ways of cutting down on their utility bills. This is especially the case given the rising energy costs of the average household.

With a little home improvement you’ll be able to save on energy consumption.

It’s a good idea to check out the following array of DIY options:

  • Replacing your lighting with energy efficient models
  • Replacing windows with double or triple glazing
  • Increasing the thermal insulation
  • Adding solar panels
  • Opting for wood stoves
  • Using programmable thermostats
  • Switching to heat pumps


5. Preparedness & Safety

The great thing about home improvement is that there are so many ideas out there in magazines, online blogs and YouTube. This is especially true with the Prepper and off the grid movement.

Many companies cater for this growing market, so if you’re particularly safety focused you’re bound to come across some really good Prepper ideas.

When it comes to safety, you can:

  • Add backup generators
  • Build disaster shelters – i.e. storm cellars, fire bunkers etc.
  • Install security doors
  • Install shutters and security windows
  • Install a fire sprinkler system


6. DIY or Hire a Professional?

With home improvement projects there are typically three approaches you can take to getting the job done. You can:

  • Hire a general contractor
  • Do the work yourself
  • Opt for a specialized contractor


The general contractor works across a wide variety of home improvement projects. They’re able to:

  • Act as a project manager – managing other contractors
  • Hire specialized contractors for the job
  • Provide access to the work site
  • Do some of the work as well
  • Coordinate the work schedules for the others

You can also choose to hire specialized contractors on your own rather than hire someone to manage the process for you. Basically, this is a contractor focused on a specific type of task and you can hire one for each task depending on your needs.

If on the other hand, you want to have a go at doing the job yourself that’s ok too. Just make sure you don’t do the tasks that require licensed tradies. If you try them yourself you could end up in hot water with local authorities, or worse, not properly insured if something goes wrong.

DIY home improvement is quite common, but you do need to have some knowledge (or be willing to skill up) to ensure that everything goes smoothly. It might take a while to do this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Go For It – Take The Plunge

On the whole, there are many reasons why you might choose to start a home improvement project. One things for certain, you’re bound to get immense value from the process and the results could indeed prove to be fruitful in the long run.

Whichever decision opt for, you’re bound to improve the overall quality of your home!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

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June 16th, 2016 in

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Why Bother Doing a Home Renovation?

If you live in Australia you’ll know that Sydneysiders are real estate crazy and absolutely love a good home renovation challenge. So it’s no surprise that they’re always on the lookout for great ways to improve the look, feel and function of their homes.

For most people, it’s very important to have a home that’s not only comfortable but fulfills all their family’s needs. It has to be both a roof over your head as well as deliver incredible value for money. And of course, don’t forget – it has to be simply beautiful!

How to Create the Best Home Renovation Possible

However, in order to achieve these lofty aims it means you may have to update that drab interior or weather beaten exterior into something more modern and appealing.

But the good news is that if you do undertake a home renovation you’ll most certainly reap the rewards. Not only will your property rise in value, your sense of achievement and pride will skyrocket.

To complete the home renovation you’ll need to deal with contractors, plans and software, all of which can make the process see quite challenging at times.

Although there are some methods you can use in order to eliminate the hassle and make the process more tolerable.

Don’t Forget to Have Proper House Renovation Plans

If you have the right planner or plan, you will definitely see that results start to show over time. But without one, it’s highly likely that you will flounder and end up paying much more than you expected. So you do need to have realistic expectations in regards to your renovations.

And remember that not all renovations are easy to perform – so check with your architect and planner first. Otherwise you may find out the hard way that what you’re asking for is going to end up more of a nightmare than a breeze.

It’s best to come up with a solid, achievable idea and guide it to completion. Don’t chop and change throughout or you may end up sorry you started renovating in the first place.

Understand Why You Want to Renovate Your Home

Some people prefer to opt for an exterior renovation only, whilst others are more focused on the interior area. Then there are people that are highly motivated by the need for more space, while others just want to restore a home to it’s former glory.

And then on the other hand, investors are very focused on the idea of renovating the property so they can get more profits out of the sale. As you can see, there is no end of reasons why someone would want to renovate their home.

It may take a bit of time to figure out what your real reasons are for undertaking a home renovation, but it’s worth it. Otherwise it can be a costly exercise to do for the wrong reasons.

Here are some reasons to help you understand why a home renovation can indeed be a necessity.

6 Reasons Why You Should Do a Home Renovation


1. You Avoid Moving Costs

Moving house is not only expensive, but it can be one of the most stressful things you can do.

Instead of having to move and therefore deal with some pretty hefty costs, renovating allows you to fix up your older home so that it looks just like a new one. Plus, you avoid stamp duty, legal fees, real estate commissions and all those costs associated with selling and moving house.

Not only can you avoid these costs, you can plough them directly into a home renovation instead. Obviously, you’ll need to make sure that all these renovations will be performed to the highest standards with good planning and materials.

2. You Boost the ROI of Your Property

If you’re thinking about selling or even renting your Sydney property in the near future, renovating might be a very good option.

By making your property more appealing for the market you’ll be able to gain the interest of more potential buyers and tenants (if you plan on renting it out).

Nowadays, it’s a pretty competitive market and sellers can demand higher prices for properties that have that ‘fresh’ look.

Renting your home out can be a great way to make some money – but this depends on your financial situation and whether or not you have somewhere else to live.

Another fabulous option is having your home, or a room, for rent on AirBnB. This has really taken off in the last few years and is well worth looking into. Of course, people expect a lot more than just staying in someone’s unused room. So be prepared to make the space extra special. This is a great reason to do a home renovation.

3. Your Property Will Increase in Value Over Time

A properly executed home renovation can boost your property value quite a lot. And even if the property market is dwindling or stagnant, in the long run your home will be worth more.
Of course, it’s a good idea to talk with real estate agents first. They’ll be able to offer you some idea of what property values are like in the area and what return you might expect from your investment. This is an important consideration especially if you want to sell your home sooner rather than later.

4. You Raise the Sale Price of Your Property

A home renovation makes your property a lot easier to sell.

Of course, if you do want to sell your home after the renovation, keep in mind that other people have very different tastes to you. Neutral colour schemes and a design with a much broader appeal would be what you need to opt for here.

In case you’re in doubt, get some guidance from a real estate professional. They’ll be able to offer you the advice you need. And try and avoid complex renovations especially if you plan on selling the house. Only renovate the things that will allow you to recoup your costs easily.

5. Restore Your Home’s Character & Charm

Many un-renovated older homes can be very profitable when done up. They also tend to offer a stellar return on investment, particularly if you’ve chosen an up and coming area of Sydney that has a lot of Federation or bungalow style homes.

You’ll just need to study up on their history and ensure that you keep all the original features and maintain their appeal. But at the same time, you should add some modern touches and appliances. Keep in mind that old homes are often harder to renovate and the overall expenses can be higher.

6. Making the Property Eco-friendly

Green homes are always easier to sell. Thankfully, you can make some green modifications with relative ease these days.

Talk to your local council about potential subsidies or grants for homeowners who make changes that are environmentally friendly. Always keep costs in mind though, especially if you want to opt for energy-efficient models. Some can get very expensive.

There are always plenty of reasons to opt for a home renovation. Just find the right contractors and come up with some good ideas according to your budget. The results will definitely pay off if you do it right!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

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