New Home Improvements

Buying a new house can be exciting, although once you have moved in you can still find yourself spending money on various small improvements and renovations.

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Doors and Windows


Replacing doors and windows is something that many homeowners like to do sooner or later; it's important not only for security but to make sure you aren't spending more on energy bills than is necessary. On average, expect to pay between 200 and 500 pounds per window to replace the old, poorly fitting or cracked windows in your home, and replacing them one at a time as you can afford it is an obvious strategy. A new front door can instantly give your home an updated and bright new appearance, and even if you can't afford to replace the actual door, new door hardware such as a lock, handles and hinges along with a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. And adding some potted plants or hanging baskets around your front door are also simple and affordable ways to make a great first impression.


Lighting


Replacing or upgrading the lighting in your new home can also be a relatively affordable way of transforming a property without breaking the bank. Wall mounted lights, or free standing lights may be more suitable for some rooms than an overhead light, and this also allows you to highlight a room's focal point, such as a fireplace, picture or particular piece of furniture. And there is no doubt that many rooms simply seem cosier and more inviting with more focused lighting. This may be the right time to look at replacing your bulbs with longer lasting LED light bulbs; although the initial outlay is higher, this can save you money in the long run.


Tools and Equipment


Of course, you will need to have some tools on hand if you intend to carry out even minor improvements and repairs yourself. You should have a good set of screwdrivers of different types and sizes, a good hammer, several saws of different sizes and perhaps an electric drill. A selection of paint brushes and mixing trays will be useful. And any homeowner knows that having a selection of nuts, bolts, screws, nails and other odds and ends is a good idea. Keep in mind that many larger tools can be rented, and if there is a piece of equipment you only need once or occasionally, it probably makes more sense to rent it.