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What Home Improvements Will Add Value To My Home?
While the chancellor has sanctioned unprecedented spending — £407bn and counting — Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, estimates that £250bn will accumulate in British people’s bank accounts by the end of lockdown. And since the pandemic has changed how we use our properties, there’s a temptation to spend some of this loot on home improvements. Especially if you think you’ll recoup those costs — and more — from an increased price when you sell up. But be careful. Not every project is going to add value to your home. Recently, John Lewis reported record sales of hot tubs. Their cheapest, the £799 Camaro Round Inflatable, has sold out. Good. Let’s stop any more of these horrors being installed. You may be tempted by a top-of- the-range number, setting you back £16,000: Bluetooth speakers, 47 hydrotherapy jets, LED lighting and a host of other features are included. Think again. “I must buy that house because it has a hot tub,” said no one, ever. Just because Love Island hasn’t been on telly lately doesn’t mean your garden is the place to replace the show. And why are the British still obsessed with UPVC conservatories? These hideous relics from the 1990s are brutally hot in summer and fearsomely cold in winter. But often they are considered an investment. It is also assumed that any added square footage will end up on the bottom line when you sell. This is not always the case. So, what can you do to add value? Consider space and how you use it. Use sunlight to your advantage, and the outdoors to its full potential. If your kitchen is small and poky or unconnected to an area to eat or relax in, change it. Increasing floor area is one objective. Improving the flow of that space is just as important. Internal walls are often in the way, or kitchens are located in the wrong part of a house, with little thought as to where the sunshine will be on a summer’s evening. Don’t be afraid to change the layout. Recommended You could add a rear extension, providing you don’t take up too much of your garden. Creating an uninterrupted space with a kitchen and seating areas on a single level is a project likely to return the money you’ve spent. Add roof lights (with electric blinds to control levels of light) and bifold doors to open the space from indoor to outdoor. Make sure to install underfloor heating. Spaces that open up are a delight in the summer. But they’ll be freezing in winter. When you slide back those doors, indoors moves outside. Cheap stone patios, outdoor lighting from a DIY store and a range of garden furniture that looks like it’s fallen off the back of a lorry are not the way to go. These things matter. So does having a convenient place to put a barbecue. Better still, install an outside kitchen. Yes, they cost a bomb, but buyers love them. A retreat away from the main house has always been on buyers’ wish lists, but the pandemic has brought this to the fore. When former prime minister David Cameron bought a shepherd’s hut for a reported £25,000 a few years ago, the nation pricked up its ears — perhaps with a furrowed brow. A whole industry building bespoke outside rooms has emerged since. The planning system is relatively easy to navigate. You can usually put a retreat in your garden without permission but do check with your planning authority. Personally, I’d avoid a shepherd’s hut and go upscale. Bert & May, the makers of beautiful tiles, have just launched a prefab range of offices and garden pods. For added value, put one of these bad boys in your garden, even if you need deep pockets. Don’t expect much change from £35,000-£50,000. Don’t build a pool too small. No one will pay a premium for a pond. Wibbly shapes are best left in the 1970s Back in 2008, as the property market cascaded into oblivion, commentators opined on home improvements that lost you money. Top of the list was a swimming pool — because they take a lot of time and money to maintain, they put off buyers with small children, and the UK weather is rubbish anyway. Wrong! A decade and a half later, swimming pools are more desirable than ever. Make sure they’re designed properly and installed well. The weather is better than you might imagine. Modern technology means that chemical balance and cleaning can all be done by systems and tech. Lower-cost solutions, such as an Aligator device, can ionise the water — or try chemical feeders that maintain the right pH and chlorine levels. Robotic pool cleaners such as a Dolphin or Zodiac will happily keep the tiles spick and span. The best machines cost up to £1,800 but they save a lot of work. A pool without a pool house is like a car without a windscreen. And you’ll want to keep wet feet and dripping bodies from traipsing through your home. Don’t forget to install a fridge and freezer. Perfect for a poolside plastic (never have glass near a pool!) of fizz or a cheeky ice cream. It’s these little features that sell a concept and add value to a bigger spend. House & Home Unlocked FT subscribers can sign up for our weekly email newsletter containing guides to the global property market, distinctive architecture, interior design and gardens.Sign up here with one click A pool doesn’t come cheap. For a proper 11m x 5m outdoor pool, expect to spend upwards of £100,000. Yes, you’ll see quotes for less but often they don’t include earthworks or, conveniently, VAT. Will it return that amount for your property sale? Yes, if you’re at the top end of the market, where a pool is considered as standard. Don’t shoehorn a pool into an average-sized garden, though. Or build one that’s too small. No one is going to pay a premium for a pond. And wibbly shapes are best left in the 1970s. Manual covers annoy users so don’t be tight — go hydraulic. And don’t skimp on the heating system. Choose an air source pump rather than gas boilers. The biggest horror is a pool that’s installed above ground. When it comes to making home improvements, check what’s for sale locally as markets differ around the country. If you get the project right, you’ll make a decent return. And if the money is just sitting in the bank anyway, you might want to consider spending it before the chancellor spends it for you. James Max is a property expert and radio presenter. The views expressed are personal.
Drive To Increase Recycling Of Food And Beverage Cartons
/ MEDIA STATEMENT / This content is not written by Creamer Media, but is a supplied media statement. South Africa is ahead of the curve for paper recycling – 68.4% of paper we use is recovered for recycling, against a global average of 59.3%. However, only a small percentage of that includes food and beverage cartons – which, if included, could increase the country’s paper recovery and recycling rate significantly. Francois Marais, manager of Fibre Circle, says many South Africans are unaware that these cartons can be recycled – which is why Fibre Circle is launching an awareness campaign. Fibre Circle is the producer responsibility organisation (PRO) for the South African paper and paper packaging sector, and has partnered with Nampak Liquid Cartons, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak South Africa for the Super Cartons campaign. Advertisement The campaign isn’t just for adult consumers – children will also learn the benefits of recycling these containers through three Super Carton superheroes: Captain Infinity, Dr Renewable and Super Transformer. Details will be shared on Facebook and Fibre Circle’s website, consumers can enter a competition and win one of 10 cash prizes of R1 000, plus there will be an in-store roll-out of displays at participating Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Pick n Pay and Spar stores in Gauteng. The thrust of the campaign is to raise awareness among South African consumers that when they recycle cartons locally, they unlock their true value. The superhero theme personifies this value as a superpower. Advertisement “Cartons are made primarily from paperboard, and lined with thin layers of plastic, or plastic and foil called polyalu,” says Marais. “These are important for ensuring the liquid or dry food is sealed in and has a long shelf life. In addition, some of these cartons have caps or straws made of plastic. “But those layers can be separated and recycled. The cartons go through a special pulping process, where the paperboard reduces into a pulp and separates from the polyalu layers. The pulp is then used to make new paper-based products, and the polyalu components go towards making products such as crates, roof tiles and other moulded plastic items.” Marais says South Africans recycle about 1.2 million tonnes of paper per year (Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa, 2020), which equates to about 219 soccer pitches’ worth of paper that doesn’t end up in the landfills, and instead is recycled into a variety of paper and packaging products. “Imagine if we could add food and beverage cartons to that number,” says Marais. “And it’s really easy to do – once empty, flatten the carton, replace the cap or push the straw in, and put it with your other paper recycling. And if you don’t subscribe to a paper recycling service, simply put them in a separate bag with your other recyclables, and place them next to your rubbish bin for your neighbourhood recycling collector.” Alternatively, they can be placed inside one of 2 000 green Mpact Recycling paperbanks countrywide.
How To Paint HardiePlank Siding
HardiePlank siding has grown in popularity among homeowners because of the many advantages it has over wood siding. Hardie looks like wood, but unlike wood, it is fire, insect and weather resistant. These qualities alone make it a good choice, and since HardiePlank is primed at the factory, painting is a breeze. A clean surface and a fair weather day is all you need to get the ball rolling. Use a paint spray machine to apply exterior acrylic latex paint quickly, like a professional. Trim the grass and bushes back to allow easier access for cleaning and painting. Rake the leaves, rocks and dirt away from the edge near the ground. Check the weather to ensure there is no rain in the forecast and the temperature will be above 50 and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the siding using dish detergent and water. Use a long-handled scrub brush to remove dirt and dust. Rinse the siding with a water hose, but don't spray water under the lap. Allow the siding to dry for a minimum of two days. Apply a bead of flexible, latex caulk to gaps around the windows, doors and wall trim, using a caulking gun. Leave the bottom of the laps without caulk, to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of the siding. Allow the caulk to dry completely. Move vehicles away from the area. Cut painter's plastic to fit the doors and windows. Secure the plastic to the trim around the windows and doors using painter's tape. Apply plastic to every architectural structure you don't want painted, and secure it with tape. Cover the ground, bushes, decks and everything else you don't want painted with drop cloths or plastic. Stir the paint with a paint stick to blend the color pigments. Fill a paint sprayer with exterior acrylic paint. Put on a mask and hold the spray gun about 1 foot from the siding. Begin applying a coat of paint to the surface using smooth, sweeping passes of the gun, making sure to cover the bottom of the siding. Maintain holding the gun a consistent distance from the surface to ensure a uniform paint finish, and overlap each previous pass as you spray. Complete the whole run of siding before you stop, to maintain a wet edge and to avoid dry lap marks. Paint the fascia near the edge of the roof, and everywhere else you don't want over-sprayed with paint, using a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely. Repeat the procedure to apply a second coat of paint, perpendicular to the first coat. Resources Tips You can use a pressure washer to clean; set it to low pressure to avoid damaging the siding. Raw siding should be primed before painting. Use an extension wand to extend the reach of the spray gun. Cover your head to prevent paint over-spray getting in your hair. Wipe off thick areas of paint with a wet cloth and spray again. A paintbrush and roller can be used if a paint sprayer is not available. Warnings Don't spray paint on a windy day. James Hardie does not recommend using oil-based paint on HardiePlank siding. Writer Bio Mona Culberson began working on the assembly line at a large manufacturing company in 1983, where she worked her way up into several positions of business responsibility. In 2005, she began a career in roofing, interior design and remodeling. She works daily as a professional painter/home remodeler/handywoman while lending her husband's roofing business a helping hand in her spare time. How to Paint an Aluminum Storage Shed How to Paint Concrete Siding How to Prime & Paint Outside Galvanized Railings How to Paint Over Exterior Oil Paint How to Paint Dry Cracked Wood on a Home's Exterior How to Apply Paint to an Aluminum Garage How to Paint Vinyl Siding Posts & Rails How to Paint a Refrigerator With Epoxy Paint How to Repaint Textured Drywall How to Power Wash a Two-Story House How to Restain Wood Siding on a Home How to Paint Outdoor Aluminum