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Fallen out of love with your house

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December 4th, 2017

Fallen out of love with your house?

There are many reasons why one might be unsatisfied with their property and there are two ways to solve that: you can relocate or renovate.

However, relocating can be a tedious process as it requires a massive budget, it takes time to plan, and even more time to view the properties. The list goes on.

Renovating, on the other hand, is less of a hassle and a much cheaper option. If you only feel like your home has lost its character over time or that you feel like you just want a breath of fresh air – this is the option for you. Here are some renovation ideas that you can do in your house:

  • Converting your loft into a bedroom
  • Re-configuring your rooms by knocking down a wall or two
  • Redoing the kitchen or toilets and replace them with new cupboards, sinks…etc

If you need a bit more convincing as to why you should renovate, it’s not only cheaper to do so, but it also adds value to your home. Continue reading below for the statistics provided by the YOPA to find out what percentage increase in value it could make:

  • Open-plan living space: +6%
  • Conservatory: +5%
  • Extra double bedroom: +10%
  • Extra bathroom: +5%
  • Other extensions: +11%

So what if you are on an extremely tight budget? Is there anything else you can do to give your house a new look as well? You can definitely still do some minor refreshing rather than a full-scale renovation, and here are some suggestions, you can:

Repaint your walls

Give it a new colour! You can brighten up the room with some lighter colours, or give it a sense of sophistication with darker colours.

Put up some wallpapers

Patterns are always interesting on walls, it fills an empty room and livens it up. If you don’t feel like covering all the walls, why not try an accent wall instead? It is a simple way to make the house seem effortlessly stylish.

Replace or add some new soft furnishing

Over time, your furniture might not be in the same condition as it was when it was new. Signs of wear and tear can be an eyesore, so why not replace your old furniture with some new ones? You can even attempt a new style and rearrange its layout.

In short, you don’t necessarily need to relocate in order to fall back in love with your current property. Renovate and refresh away, and it will be good as new! If you do decide to make these changes to your home by yourself, just bear in mind these safety tips that Slater and Gordon Lawyers have addressed in their infographic below.

Move or Improve Infographic

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New website now live

Posted by admin
July 1st, 2016

New website now live

Follow on from my last post, the new look Property Decorating website has now been live for a week or so. It is a responsive design which means it will work on desktop PC’s, laptops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, in fact any web enabled device.

The blog now also has the new look and we are tweaking things in the background to improve usability.

If you have any issues using the site or blog, please let us know and we will try to address them.

We hope you continue enjoying the great facilities such as the calculators, and our blog which is packed full of useful painting and decorating tips, videos and mcuh more.


If you live in the Southend on Sea area and would like me to decorate for you, please get in touch, Call 0845 0037 508 or use our online estimate form to arrange a free onsite estimate.

Website screenshot of Property Decorating

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Property Decorating Website

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June 5th, 2016

Property Decorating Website

It has been 10 years since the Property Decorating website has been live, it has seen many additions in that time, a gallery, four calculators for working out materials, videos and the very popular blog to mention just a few.

The basic design has remained largely the same throughout this time except a few tweaks here and there. We thought it was about time for a new look, things have changed so much over the past 10 years, not only in design of websites but the speed we access the web and also how we view the web.

With more and more people using devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. to view websites. And in fact looking at our stats we are getting around 50-60% of visitors now using these devices.

So to ensure our visitors can continue to view our site and gain access to our resources we are in the process of making a new design for the website and blog. The new design ensures all devices can view and use every page with no issues, and is following the trend for these ‘smart’ devices. So if you use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone everyone can enjoy a great experience of Property Decorating.

Sneak preview of the new website

Here is a screenshot of the new look Property Decorating, we are awaiting some new images and have some final tweaks to do but should be going live soon.

Website screenshot

The new look design will also be applied to the blog (which launched in 2008) and will come online a few weeks after the new website goes live, so for now the existing design will be visible, but all the great content will still be available.

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