Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but even more so if you’re scrambling to have home improve-ments, such as an extension, added to your Liverpool home to enjoy during the festivities. It’s a com-mon thought to have to ensure your home becomes ready to welcome family and friends over Christ-mas, and according to research from AA Financial Services, this year has seen a particular boom.
The Property Reporter explained how homeowners are changing the habit of waiting until the summer months to get large renovation projects done, with over 49 per cent planning a home improvement project to some degree.
While the majority of homeowners will be going for a smaller makeover, such as 41 per cent giving a room a lick of new paint, many had made plans to extend or renovate their kitchen. In fact, 12 per cent said they were looking to get their kitchen in shape by Christmas 2018.
According to the study, the average spend relating to an extension is £12,902, but 15 per cent were spending up to £20,000. Christmas can be an expensive time of year, so where are people looking to fund these improvements? Well, 49 per cent are dipping into their savings, compared to just 17 per cent taking out an unsecured loan.
It makes sense that many people want to get their home in order for Christmas, but we also often see a rise in interest in home improvements just after Christmas. This maybe down to a New Year’s resolu-tion, but possibly just a realisation at how and where a space fails to function after entertaining during the festive period.
One key area we often see an interest in renovating during the winter months is the conservatory. At Christmas, this is the ideal space for entertaining when you have many guests, however, keeping these spaces warm in winter can be notoriously difficult, let alone keeping them cool in summer. Replacing the glass roof with a solid one is a popular choice to keep the space intact, while making it less susceptible to the elements.
While it may be too late to get a new kitchen and renovate to include beautiful new bi-fold doors for this Christmas, there are small changes you can make to ensure your kitchen is more useable in time for the big day.
Upgrading your kitchen tap is a great place to start - waiting for water to boil is a real chore, especially in relation to a Christmas roast, so choosing a boiling water tap is a big benefit that’ll save you hours over the year.
According to Grand Designs, replacing worktops is also a great way to make a big difference in the kitchen. Teaming a more expensive worktop with more affordable cabinets is the best way to go, and you can always re-work cabinetry later on.
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