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5 Ways How To Improve Your Home Value

how to improve your home value

How to improve your home value

1. Look out for bargain fabrics

how to improve your home valuehow to improve your home value – Whether you’re a keen seamstress, or just a beginner, buying fabrics for your home can be an expensive business. Shop carefully, however, and you could save £££s. Look out for discontinued designs which may be reduced, and end of roll remnants.

You might be lucky enough to have a local market or fabric shop which offers good prices, or why not pay a visit to one of our favourite fabric wonderlands from the list below?

– Ikea With its ever-changing range of fabrics and prices from as little as £1.50 per metre, Ikea is definitely worth a visit if you’re on the hunt for fabric.

– Waltham Stow market, east London Take a stroll though this busy market from Tuesday to Saturday, where you’ll find a range of stalls with fabrics from just £2 per metre.

– Edinburgh Fabrics Close to Princes Street, Edinburgh Fabrics stocks a wide range of haberdashery and fabrics.

2. look out for end-of-line products

no 7If you’re decorating, shop around carefully before you purchase materials. For example, if you’re wallpapering a room, check out the bargain bins at your local DIY store – you may find something suitable with prices slashed.

Don’t forget though, that when buying more than one roll of wallpaper you should aim to use rolls with the same batch number, to avoid any slight difference in colour.

You’ll often find discontinued designs at bargain prices, but make sure that you buy enough, as usually, once they’re gone, they’re gone! 8 Use loyalty cards and boost schemes.

There are now so many loyalty card and points schemes, including Tesco, Morrisons, Nectar and Boots Advantage. Look out for extra points offers on your everyday essentials, and make the most of these to boost your balance. And don’t forget special periods where you can double or even triple your points value when you redeem it on certain items.

Sign up to the mailing or email list to receive notifications of all offers. Tesco and Morrisons, for example, also offer discounts on fuel when you have spent a certain amount or earned enough points.

3. Use loyalty cards and boost schemes, There are now so many loyalty card and points schemes, including Tesco, Morrisons, Nectar and Boots Advantage. Look out for extra points offers on your everyday essentials, and make the most of these to boost your balance. And don’t forget special periods where you can double or even triple your points value when you redeem it on certain items. Sign up to the mailing or email list to receive notifications of all offers.

Tesco and Morrisons, for example, also offer discounts on fuel when you have spent a certain amount or earned enough points. 10 clean carpets instead of replacing Replacing carpets throughout your home can be expensive, but the difference a good clean can make is fantastic.

Carpet care expert, Rug Doctor, has devised a carpet cleaning programme which includes deep carpet cleaners – both for sale and rental – and a range of cleaning products designed to help keep carpets, household and car upholstery in tip-top condition.

4 Enrol on a course

no 9One of the best ways to learn new skills is to enrol on a course. What you choose is up to you – there are hundreds available at various venues across the country. One of our favourites is West Dean College, nestled in the sensational setting of the 6,400-acre West Dean estate in the South Downs.

It offers a wonderful selection of short courses, in a wide range of subject areas including basketmaking, furniture making and gardening. Prices aren’t cheap, and courses range in length, but your skills will save you money when it comes to updating your home, and, who knows, could even be the start of a new business venture.

Check out your local community centre or library for details of what’s going on locally – why not join a painting or drawing class to practise your skills while also making new friends?

5. clean carpets instead of replacing

no 10Replacing carpets throughout your home can be expensive, but the difference a good clean can make is fantastic. Carpet care expert, Rug Doctor, has devised a carpet cleaning programme which includes deep carpet cleaners – both for sale and rental – and a range of cleaning products designed to help keep carpets, household and car upholstery in tip-top condition.

We asked Paul Fildes, marketing manager at Rug Doctor, to expose some of the UK’s carpet cleaning myths…

a. Cleaning yoUR CaRPet too oFten is baD FoR it Carpets need to be kept fresh and clean with as much of the bounce and colour that they had when they were new. You should vacuum clean your carpet as often as possible and deep clean it at least twice a year. Vacuuming will remove the surface dirt, while a wet extraction deep clean will remove airborne contaminants that have penetrated it like road dust, pollen, fungus and bacteria.

b. Wet Cleaning may shRinK my CaRPet It won’t if done properly. Carpets that have been fitted properly will not be affected by wet extraction cleaning. Some types of carpets such as wool, that have not been secured with carpet grippers, can shrink when over wetted or exposed to extreme heat. When cleaning wool carpets only lukewarm water should be used with a dedicated carpet detergent. This will do a thorough and effective job and will not damage your carpet in any way. The Independent Carpet and Rug Institute recommends wet extraction as the most effective way to keep carpets in their cleanest, freshest and best condition.

c. I Don’t have to clean my carpet because it has built-in stain resistance Although carpet shield-type coatings work in preventing some stains from penetrating the carpet fibres, dirt still gets trapped deep down in the carpet pile. Stain resistance also isn’t permanent, while heavy foot traffic around kitchen entrances and hallways can actually drive greasy dirt deeper into the pile.

In this instance, a product such as a High Foot Traffic Cleaner as a pre-treatment to machine deep cleaning, is needed to lift soil out of your carpet by breaking the bonds of embedded dirt and grease.

d. I only need to deep clean my carpet if there is a spot or stain, dirt will build up over time even if there are no spills or stains. A regular once over with a vacuum is necessary and will mean less dirt builds up on the surface but it doesn’t remove the deep down dirt.

If you have pets, it’s still advisable to wet clean the carpet at least two or three times a year, as it will help to eliminate odours and remove fur, oil and protein stains.

Originally posted 2015-01-29 09:42:10.

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