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Everest’s Product Marketing Manager, Jill McLintock gives us insights into changes to make your home more liveable now and add value.
1. Replace any old windows
“Good-looking windows create instant kerb appeal, making your home appear more attractive,” says Everest’s Product Marketing Manager, Jill McLintock. “The style and finish of your replacement windows is really important though,
as they will only add value if they are in keeping with your home and surroundings.”
2. Make your home more energy efficient
“Energy-efficient windows are high on the wish list for many house-hunters and, in some cases, can make all the difference when it comes to selling a property,” says Jill. “If the windows are high quality and thermally efficient, buyers know their home will be warmer and their bills lower. And, replacing old windows with double or triple glazed windows will not only add value
to your home long-term but will save you money in the short-term too by keeping the heat in and the drafts out.”
3. Invest in a new door
“A stylish front door creates a strong first impression and helps to set the scene
as people enter your home,” says Jill. “Security is also an important aspect
when it comes to adding value to your property as a strong and secure front
door is an essential feature for a desirable home. Look for products that have British Standards certification and the Secured by Design seal of approval – a police initiative to ‘design out crime’ with physical security.”
4. Consider adding an extension, a loft conversion or a conservatory
“As long as it’s done well and is in keeping with your property, adding space will always be a good investment,” Jill tells us. “But, it’s important to make sure it’s made from high quality materials and installed correctly. A conservatory that is too hot in the summer and too cold in winter is not fit for purpose so it’s best to work with a reputable company like Everest to ensure your conservatory is built to the latest standards, with the correct foundations, insulated walls and floors, the right type of energy efficient glass, and so on.
This is even more important if your plans involve removing an external wall to integrate the extension or conservatory into your home, as the new structure must meet the same building regulations and high insulating standards as the rest of your property.”
5. Add light where you can
Bringing extra light into your home through conversions or extensions will always create an appealing and versatile space, adding significant value to your property. And even if you aren’t planning to sell, building an extension or conservatory can add plenty of value for you personally, improving your home and quality of life. Double score, right?
 On a practical note, cladding can be fitted as part of the first fix, as plumbing, electrics and plaster boarding can be done while the external cladding is being installed, so speeding up the build by a few weeks and saving on costs.
Ask the manufacturer about warranties for the cladding, and check that the material is acceptable to your structural insurance provider, to ensure that you’re covered. In essence cladding can become a cheaper way to add value to your property and an amazing outward appearance to your home!
When it comes to materials and cladding, people have used a host of different materials in the past, however there are three main types that are most common throughout the UK. People may wonder, why is it important to choose the correct material? Well dependent on what results you want, choosing the right material is a crucial step. Coupled with the fact that the outward appearance will set the standard for your home, this is a huge choice!
BRICK - For the look of solid brick without the hassle, consider brick-slips – thin slices of brick used as a lightweight alternative to regular bricks. This classic approach is tried and tested in many home and is sure to always stand up against the elements.
WOOD - The classic choice, timber weatherboarding can give
your home a fashionable New-England effect, though other patterns, including herringbone are available, too. The wood can be chemically preserved to maintain the colour, but bear in mind that timber will react to the weather. It can be treated before
or after cladding. Hardwoods, from Europe or the tropics, are more durable but more costly than European softwoods, which tend to be more eco-friendly. Try ThermoWood from Finn Forest, which is treated to reduce its thermal conductivity.
RENDER - If you’re after a smooth finish then render is best for you, however you’ll need to call in the professionals, as it’s hard to get right. Since the pigment goes right through all the layers, it won’t lose its colour. External wall insulation covered by a render of your choice can be applied to new or existing homes to improve warmth and comfort levels, or choose a thermal render. Application takes around three days.
What we have here is only advice and guidelines. We have to say that people can get very creative with cladding and that too is a great thing! Always make sure that you contact a professional with any ideas or questions, as cladding is best left to a team of trained contractors. Have fun with your home though and see it as an amazing way to add value and substance to your house!

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