Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:15:00 GMT | By MSN Money editors

Boost your home’s value - without breaking the bank

Property expert Sarah Beeny shares her tips for improving your home on a budget.

Tips from Sarah Beeny (© Image © Channel 4)

Renovating your home can be a win-win situation.

Not only does it mean your home is more pleasant to live in (once the works have finished), chances are it’ll also boost your home’s value if you ever decide to sell.

Get it wrong, however, and renovations can prove a costly nightmare.

10 tips to avoid disaster

To help ensure your renovations run smoothly, property expert Sarah Beeny has put together a list of 10 budget-friendly tips.

As the presenter of Double Your House For Half The Money, Beeny has extensive experience at getting renovations right the first time.

So before you pick up that hammer, have a look at what she has to say.

Tip 1: costing

Set out a careful budget before you begin, ideally you'd add a 20% contingency for anything unexpected. 

Tip 2: technology

Think about how you can save money in the long run by installing gadgets such as solar panels but especially by adding extra insulation into the build itself.

Tip 3: recycling

Try ‘upcycling’ and recycling old building materials or pieces of furniture to make them work for your new property.

Tip 4: future-proofing

Think about how your extension will fit in with the neighbourhood. If the house doesn’t look in keeping with the street this could perhaps cause problems when selling at a later date.

Tip 5: get competitive tenders

Don’t be afraid to shop around for quotes. Building contractors in some areas are short of work and will offer competitive rates.

Tip 6: renegotiate labour costs

Lots of bricklayers are currently struggling for contracts, so may be happy to offer you a good deal. Although remember to be realistic.

Tip 7: use your own DIY skills

Try doing your own painting and decorating or, if you feel confident, try learning some basic plumbing or carpentry. But remember not to take on too much, or it may end up costing more money if you have to re-do at a later date.

Tip 8: pull in favours

Where possible use any friends and relatives who have time to lend a hand.

Tip 9: avoid making changes

Changes will cost money, so make sure you have a solid plan before you begin.

Tip 10: keep the neighbours happy

You may think dust and banging is fine, but to them it could be their worst nightmare!

The new series of ‘Double Your House For Half The Money’ airs on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight

20/08/2013 23:11
Sarah Beeney does know her stuff but to be honest the tips here are on a par with those given by Pippa Middleton in her party planning book - Celebration.
21/08/2013 00:45
20/08/2013 23:22
Haha Bernadette - I was just going to say the same thing re: Pippa Middleton-esque comments!!
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