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How to add value to your home with basic DIY and when to call in the Professionals!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
Spring is the time when people tend to roll up their sleeves and embark on do-it-yourself projects.

For those who are not keen to get their hands dirty (they may not have the ability, expertise or time) hiring the right tradespeople and avoiding cowboys is crucial. Despite the rewards from tackling jobs around the home it is important to know your limits and when it is best to call in the experts. Four out of ten people admit to carrying out DIY disasters that have landed them with bills of as much as £5,000 to put right.

Trusting a professional

Personal recommendation is a great place to start when looking for a tradesperson but it is vital to follow up with references and alternative quotes.  Always remember that the cheapest quote is not necessarily the best and can end up being the most expensive if it fails to disclose extra costs – such as charging for travel, additional materials and VAT.
 

There are organisations that help homeowners find trustworthy tradespeople such as Checkatrade,  TrustA-Trader, Which? Trusted trader and Rated People.  We take our customer feedback very seriously and are proud our our constantly high reviews here.  Click here to see what our customers say about us Checkatrade

Professional certification

When choosing a builder, consider using a member of the 9,000-strong Federation of Master Builders. An Electrician should be a member of an approved trade organisation, such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. For Gas installations find a tradesperson who has a Gas Safe register certificate.

Workers not signed up to any of these associations could invalidate home insurance if something goes wrong – such as a house fire.

Stage payments

Builders should have a written contract with you, detailing the stages of the build at which they should be paid and the amounts. Make sure that each stage has been reached before paying, and that the work has been passed, if necessary, by the building and warranty inspectors.

Federation of Master Tradesmen

The Federation of Master Tradesmen logo is recognised by consumers and home owners throughout the United Kingdom. It is respected as a sign of professionalism and a commitment to excellence in the home improvement sector. Members are set strict standards on how to conduct their business. These standards centre around fairness, transparency, honesty and quality of service.  The FOMT is the association of choice for professional tradesmen.

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Halifax: House prices hit £200,000 record

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The average cost of properties in the UK has exceeded £200,000 for the first time, according to the Halifax and this is why we at Four Corners Properties are so kind to advice our customers about improving their homes. The market undoubtedly makes its part in the game, but if a property is improved then you are doing a great top up to its current value.

Halifax said house prices jumped by 1.7% in June compared with the previous month, marking their fourth consecutive monthly rise.
Annual price inflation also rose significantly, from 8.6% in May to 9.6% in June.
It brings the average price of a UK house or flat to £200,280, the highest amount recorded by the Halifax measure.
However the figures are in stark contrast to those produced by rival lender, Nationwide.
Last week it said that house price inflation had fallen to 3.3% a year, bringing the average price to £195,055.
Halifax said the rise was being driven by tight supply with the number of homes for sale now at a record low.
Halifax’s housing economist Martin Ellis said there were now signs of a recent “modest pick up in demand”.
“Economic growth, higher employment, increasing real earnings growth and very low mortgage rates are all supporting housing demand,” he added.
The lender, which uses data from its own mortgage lending, said average house prices per square metre had risen by 18% since 2010, with prices in Greater London seeing the fastest growth.

Source: BBC News

Improving your home

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Money that is spend on home improvements not only makes your house a much nicer place to live, but if done correctly it will also increase your properties value. We find when refurbishing or improving a home most customers will want to know about returns as it can be seen as an investment to improve your living environment while recouping the money and more when you come to sell. Most home improvement are said to give a healthy 10 per cent profit on top of what they spent. Below we will look at a few areas in which we have recently researched to see what is currently giving the best returns for your money.

Conservatories

This is a great cheap way to add that bit of extra space to a property. These cost a lot less than extending a house while still adding some extra space and in summer months with the sun shining through it can be a real place of tranquility. Unlike building an extension, conservatories do not require planning permission as long as they are no more than half the area of the land of the of the original house is covered. They are also exempt building regulations as long as at least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof is either glazed or translucent material and if the conservatory is separated from the house by external doors. All of this helps to save money and reduce the time and effort to get it build. Below are the averages for what most people who have had conservatories built found with their money.

Average cost: £5,300

Average profit: £5,750

Return on investment: 108 per cent

Gardens

These are sometimes forgotten when people look to improve a home. Quite often people let them get overgrown and messy especially when it is cold and wet like most days in this country. But if well maintained this is something that will make a real difference to a property as it is something you can always see out the window and when you arrive and leave if you have one in front of the house. Especially from a buyers point of view it will impact on their first impression which is very important. You can easily tell if a garden is well looked after as the colour of the grass will be different and you can see dead or no plants. Plants add a bit of colour to the garden and help top give a nice smell as well as giving a nice feel and look to your home. All of this can make a difference to giving your home a warm, welcoming modern feel. Of course you can always use slabs or decorative stones to add pathways to more style to a garden. Below are the averages for what most people who have had garden conservation on their property found with their money.

Average cost: £4,550

Average profit: £4,000

Return on investment 88 per cent

Exterior

As well as a garden, the exterior of your home is one of the first and main things anyone will see. If the paint is worn down or faded or you have poorly maintained bricks then this will lower your houses appeal. There are many ways to decorate the exterior of a home. One new option that really draws the eye are fibre cement cladding. These can be made in most colours and are durable and had wearing due to the cement. Other ways could be to repaint or K render. These are just a few of the choices you have when you come to improving the outside of your home. You should alway look at all the options to make sure you get the one which will best suit your home and the neighbourhood. Even just fixing any cracks on the outside walls as well as giving it a clean could surprise you by how much of a difference it can make. Below are the averages for what most people who have had exterior work done found with their money.

Average cost: £6,000

Average profit: £4,500

Return on investment: 75 per cent

Extensions

Extensions are a great way to add the extra space to a home by expanding a room or adding more. This can be done on one or two floors deepening on how much space you wanted to add and your budget. These do require planning permission and all work must be check by building regulations to ensure they are up to an acceptable standard and meet the criteria. Extensions are a great way to expand your current house without having to move which is always great and are known for showing great returns as long as they are designed and built properly. There are a few guidelines that you must follow when planning but these have all been covered in one of our previous articles if you wanted more information. Below we have some averages from what people who have had extensions added to their properties found from their money.

Average cost: £19,750

Average profit: £14,000

Return on investment: 71 per cent

Roofs

Roof will occasionally need maintaining. This might be checking the tiles are not cracked or damaged and the water flows off the roof and into guttering. Regular checking and maintenance to a roof will help to keep it looking in good condition and can help prevent future damage. It is important there are no leaks and it is properly insulated to keep the heat in. These are things you will notice by living in a house and can make a property hard to sell as most buyers avoid houses with roof problems unless they are getting it for cheap. Just giving the roof a good clean can give it a new look and it is worth thinking about solar panels if you haven’t already. We have spoke about this in detail in previous articles but the government currently has great schemes in which you could save a lot of money over time, especially since some homes make more electricity than they use to run their house meaning they get more money back. Below are some averages of what people found the returns of their money was for roof repairs and maintenance.

Average cost: £4,150

Average profit: £2,600

Return on investment: 63 per cent

Carpets and Flooring

Carpets are slowly become a bit old fashioned but we still believe in the right environment that they can make a real difference to the look of a house. The biggest problem with them is that over the years they will wear, especially in hallways and stairs where people walk more. They also hold dirt and odours which which is never good. This leaves a few choices, getting them steam cleaned to try to bring them back to a newish condition or replace them. New carpet can be expensive so it is always worth looking if they can be cleaned to bring back those years. Wooden laminate flooring is the modern fashion as it is easy to clean and adds a smart look to the home. It always wears better than carpet due to the hard material. This is a fine balance as to what design you go with but we feel it has to be personal to you and what would look best in your home. If you are redecorating a whole area then is should definitely be considered about changed the flooring. Below are some averages of what people who spend money on flooring found their returns.

Average cost: £4,000

Average profit: £2,000

Return on investment: 50 per cent

Loft conversions

Loft conversions are another great way to increase the size of a property without moving. Many lofts are just used for storage and are wasted space. We feel more people should make use of this space by converting it into extra rooms and you should still have some space for storage. Loft conversions are also seen as a great way to increase the value of a property as it is like adding another floor to your home. Most homes would not need planning permission for this as it falls within the category Permitted Development Rights unless you wanted to extend the roof out to make it bigger. Planning officials are usually keen to maintain the rhythm of residential roof lines in a street, so most extensions need to have minimal external impact. Below are some averages of what people who spent money on loft conversions found their returns.

Average cost: £24,6000

Average profit: £12.000

Return on investment: 50 per cent

Kitchens

Kitchens have moved on a lot in the last few years in terms of design and the technology people have in them. All units and cookers are becoming touch screen as this is the latest fashion with white been by far the most common colour design for kitchens. Kitchens are a place where people do spend a lot of time so they like it to be modern and welcoming. Buyers always look to a kitchen to give the house their own personality. If you did this is could provide you with a more convenient place to make your meals but also increase your houses appeal to buyers in the future as buyers will pay more for a modern decorated kitchen to save the hassle of them doing it themselves. Below are some averages of what people who spent money on kitchen refurbishments found their returns.

Average cost: £9,600

Average profit: £4,750

Return on investment: 49 per cent

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are another area in which make a big difference to a home. As well as making a home a more comfortable living experience they are also a big factor for people looking for houses. Most people like their own style in a bathroom and like it to be a clean, smart and well maintained room. This might not cost you much depending on how dated your current bathroom is but it is money well spent as you will always be that bit more comfortable in there and it will definitely help with the sale of a house. Below are some averages of what people who spend money on flooring found their returns.

Average cost: £4,900

Average profit: £2,350

Return on investment: 48 per cent

It is important to remember all the figures in this article are based on national averages and these figures can vary deepening on are and condition of the house before any work is carried out. We are here to answer any questions you may have or any designs and plans that you might want done to your home. Please get in touch if you feel we could help you improve your property.

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House Extensions

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

House extensions are proving to be a more financially rewarding solution for most people now that house prices keep increasing. They provide you with more space and you can design it how you want it. This is always a good way to have a bigger house if you don’t want the hassle of moving house or are happy in the area you are currently living in. These are just a few of the many reasons why you might want to extend your house. We at Four Corners Properties are happy to provide advice and guidance as well as giving quotes for any building work you might want done. We have many years of experience and have completed many house extensions in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown and surround areas in Dorset and Hampshire.

We would advise anyone who is thinking of building an extension to consider a few key things first. You should always seek advice about what renovations are popular in your area as if you are looking for a future return the style will have to be up to the same standard. Looking at what other houses in the area sold for and if they had extensions and the size of the houses will give you a good idea of how much it will add to your property value. We can advise you with this if you are unsure. If you are wanting an extension to create space and are not worried about how much value it will add then this won’t really effect you but you still need to be mindful of your budget and what materials to use, you want your house to stand out but still fit in to the area and not look too out of place. With smart and effective planning we know that you can add more value than the amount spent.

The design that you choose for an extension depends on what your house, the surrounding houses in the area and what design you want. Most people are still happy to change the structure of a building and do something a bit more dramatic, but purity is a big trend, and using lots of different materials is less fashionable than it has been. Instead, we advise that you opt for something more refined. This could be something like pure white-rendered extensions work well on period houses, or choose a design clad entirely in timber or modern coloured cladding. Others choose that they something simpler, light and airy spaces which are a blank canvas they can decorate and personalise. The use of natural materials to create modern extensions can give the extension a warm and functional look to suit your home.

The planning of what will go where is also another important issue to address. With extensions you want the rooms to flow to make the house more organised. This may mean moving current rooms around if you wanted to create a big living room or dining room at the back of the house of maybe adding a spare room and an office. These are ideas we have come across and are something we advise you think about as sometimes is it more effective to build to what will create the biggest benefit even if it means redecorating an existing room.

With the recent call for companies and the general public to be more eco friendly, it is not surprising that a lot of building and extensions are using more environmentally sound materials. Materials such as bamboo, which is affordable, durable and eco friendly, are very popular, and people are also requesting low-VOC paints. Houses are also using the use of heat source pumps and solar panels which are proven to reduce bills and save you money in the long run. Something we cover in another article on our blog. These are all services we offer as we help to move forward with the world and provide a sustainable future through technological advances.

The design of an extension is very important to make the best use of space and to ensure you get exactly what you want. That is why we use our expert architects to make sure you get the best design possible. By us working with our own architects we aim to save you money as independent architects can be very pricey indeed. It is important you use experienced architects as badly designed extensions can actually lose value to the property. This also helps you to have detailed plans of what you are getting build to there will be no surprises down the road. Our architects can also allow you to have input to decide what you want and where leading them to guide you to a design that is structurally safe and gives you what you want and more. We can provide many detailed drawings of previous customer designs on request.
The next stage to consider is the budget. Depending on what you are willing to spend will decide on what you get. For example some materials cost more than others while some designs and builds will be more than others. By looking at what you have to spend a compromise can be found to give you the best design and build for the price you are willing to spend. Of course if money was no object everyone would ask for the best but we know this is not the case with most people. At Four Corners Properties we will give you a detailed breakdown of every part of the job and the materials so you can always chop and change bits to save you money or if you wanted to spend more in certain parts a job. This helps give you an idea of where your money is going and how you are spending it. We feel our detailed plans separate us from the competition as you can work with us to adjust prices to your liking.
The latest ground-level extensions are seamlessly integrated inside, but also blur the boundaries between inside and out. The flow of the structure finishes and materials such as the flooring can work with the outside space to make them feel like the same entity. Full-height doors can help to connect the interior to the garden, and even in the winter when the doors are closed it can still give the impression that it is one large space. Extensions to the back or side of a house are just one way to increase the space in a house, but other thoughts to be considered are loft and basement extensions. Depending on what you are trying to achieve with an extension you might find these are better suited to your house. Either way you need to plan and think about what would be best for your home. But remember, we are here if you need any advice, plans or quotes.

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