Small Renovations that have a Big Impact


Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, or to live in it for many years to come, it’s always worth thinking about renovation. Sometimes, you’ll be able to do a significant amount of good without getting a professional in; other times, it’s worth calling on expert help. Renovation needn’t involve major surgery, either: sometimes, small touches can make a world of difference. Let’s take a look at a few of them!

used with permission from Amy Bartlam

Switch the Lighting

Getting rid of those inefficient incandescent and halogen bulbs, and plugging in LED ones instead, can save you significant amounts of money. If you’re looking for mood lighting, you might go for a dimmer switch – though you might achieve the same effect with the help of colour-changing smart-bulbs.

Electric Radiators

Improving your central heating needn’t mean a new boiler. Electric radiators are available in an unprecedented range of styles, and, being electric, they’re 100% efficient.

used with permission from Amy Bartlam

USB plug sockets

Being able to charge your phone without bothering with a chunky adaptor is extremely convenient. Swap out the sockets by the sofa, and beneath your bedside table; you’ll be astonished at how much you get from the change. Look for something with at least 3 amps shared between the two sockets.

Boiling water tap

You won’t need to worry about finding space for your kettle, or for boiling the water for your pasta, if you have a boiling water tap. They can be expensive, but they’re extremely convenient, and they’ll free up room in your kitchen.

used with permission from Amy Bartlam


A fresh coat of paint on your walls can have an enormous impact on would-be buyers. Use light, neutral colours to freshen up an otherwise dingy space. Go for a bolder shade on your ‘feature’ wall, if that’s the road you’re travelling.

Garage Shelving

If you’re using your garage as a storage space, you’ll want to keep it as organised as possible. Install heavy-duty shelves, and mount them to the wall. You can DIY this one quite easily, if your carpentry skills are up to the challenge.

used with permission from Amy Bartlam


If you’re looking to disguise imperfections in the corner where the wall meets the ceiling, then it’s difficult to beat a bit of tasteful coving. Go for the fancier kind, and you’ll lend a touch of glamour to hallways and living spaces.


Over time, the compressible strips around the edges of your external doors can lose their elasticity, meaning more cold air leaking through. This is an easy problem to solve – just install some replacements. They’re cheap, easy to install, and they’re effective! Thanks to the resources linked to above for consulting.


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