Are you planning for a renovation of your kitchen, attic or living room? Then your home is probably going to be considerably overhauled. So why not go ahead and upgrade your house? You can have these 5 home improvements to your home carried out in one go during a renovation.
1. Invest in insulation
More heat stays in a well-insulated home. Thanks to a lower energy bill, investing in insulation pays itself back in the long run. Renovation in the planning? Check out your home or ask the contractor for advice. Is the floor, facade, or roof insulation in need of an upgrade? And do you already have double or super insulating triple windows?
You get the most return with improved roof and cavity wall insulation. Does a large insulation project not fit within your budget or schedule? Then you can look at small improvements that immediately generate a lot of profit. For example, close seams and cracks. Or apply radiator foil to prevent some of the heat from radiating out. Good to know: many municipalities have subsidy pots for home insulation.
2. Make your house crook-proof
Coming home and discovering burglary: for whom is it not a nightmare? Of course already if you have just completed a major renovation and especially want to enjoy your house. A renovation is the time to take a closer look at the burglary security of your home. Are there security locks, security strips and thieves claws on your windows and doors? And are your locks clearly visible? The more visible all your security measures, the better. That deters burglars.
What are thieves not fond of? Noise and light. Do you also take care of the garden during your renovation? Then think about gravel or pebbles around your home. Sneaking silently to your home is not possible with that kind of stones. And you unintentionally put burglars in the spotlights with lamps that come on as soon as someone comes close. Small adjustment, but great effect.
3. From a simple home to a smart home
Will your home receive a facelift? Then give the IQ a boost. And by turning it into a ‘smart home’. In such a smart house, electronic devices such as your thermostat, lamps or television are connected via WiFi or Bluetooth. With each other and with your smartphone or tablet. As a result, you operate devices remotely, or they control themselves thanks to smart sensors or settings.
A renovation is the chance to see if you can give your house a few extra IQ points. If things are still open, cables and pipes, for example, can be nicely concealed immediately. Do you replace the radiators? Why not immediately confirm a smart radiator button? Such a button turns on the heating when people are in the room and off (or on a low heat) when there is nobody.
Do you handle the kitchen? Think about a smart fridge. In the supermarket you can see on your smartphone via the built-in fridge camera if you still have enough milk in stock. And with smart soil sensors in the garden you can monitor from your holiday address whether your lawn can use a spray.
4. This way your home will be ready for your life phase
Chances are that your renovation is related to your life phase. Are you extending the house due to family expansion? Exciting! You can now ensure that your entire home is baby, toddler, or toddler proof in one go. A few tips:
- Place sockets in places that are not easily accessible for curious children’s hands (or at least put in socket protectors).
- Make sure cupboards are firmly attached to the wall so that they cannot fall over if your child climbs into it.
- Make sure that all windows are made of safe glass or that they are covered with window film.
Does your renovation have to do with your old age? Then there are also plenty of improvements that you can implement during the renovation. For example, remove thresholds, so that all spaces can be reached with a walker or wheelchair. New bathroom? You can prevent falls with an anti-slip floor. And thanks to brackets next to the toilet, you can get up and sit down more easily.
5. Don’t forget the fire safety
Now that you are looking critically at your home because of the renovation: it is a shame to skip fire safety! Because even small improvements with a modest price tag can be life-saving in the event of a fire. Smoke detectors on every floor are a must if you don’t have them yet. Immediately purchase a large fire extinguisher and several fire blankets. In your washer or dryer, where dust can cause a fire, you can install fireblockers that will automatically extinguish a starting fire.
Has your home been thoroughly renovated? Then take a good seat to prepare a new fire escape plan. And all together practice the escape route with your eyes closed, because in a fire you sometimes see – literally – no hand in front of you.
Is the contractor ready and have you implemented all points for improvement? Then it’s time for a refurbishment drink that the sparks – figuratively – fly from!