Most of us are keen to improve our houses or flats. Even more so now that we are spending more time at home. But, for many families, money is tighter than normal. So, it is more important than ever that when we spend money on improving our homes that it is spent wisely.

Upgrading your boiler

If you have an old boiler, it is worth investigating the possibility of replacing it. The best combi boilers perform far more efficiently than a 20 or 30-year-old one does. Studies show that you can potentially save hundreds on your energy bills over time by swapping your old boiler for one that has a better efficiency rating. Combi boilers are especially good because some of the heat that would normally escape through the flue can be redirected and used inside your home. Although you need to be careful because not all of them are designed to do this.

So, do not automatically assume that buying a new boiler will save you a lot of money. Instead, do some research, get the figures and work out how long it will take you to cover the cost of having a new one installed. You want to be fairly sure that your new boiler will pay for itself before it needs replacing. When you do this, remember to factor in the fact that the cost of electric and gas will almost certainly continue to rise over the years.

Creating more space

If you are now having to work from home, it is a good idea to set up a separate workspace for yourself. Doing so will help you to keep your work and home life separate. It will also make it easier for you to focus and be more productive when you are working. Both of which are desirable.

You can find some excellent ways to create a bit more space in your home or turn what you have into a more multi-functional area by clicking here. If you have the money to do so, consider adding an extra bedroom or office. Perhaps by converting your loft, having an extension built or creating a garden room.

These projects are more expensive, but in many cases, they will pay for themselves. For example, making changes like these may mean that you will not have to find the money to move. You may also find that the cost of the improvement is more than covered by the value that is added to your home. In that situation, adding more space is a more long-term investment because you will only get the money back when you sell. But when you factor in the other benefits of having more space, often you will conclude that it is still worthwhile doing.

Before starting on either of these projects, take the time to think. Cost everything out, then decide if it is worthwhile. If you think that you want to go ahead, wait a week or two before making any purchases. This provides you with time to make sure you have not missed anything important so that you can be 100% sure that what you are doing is the right thing for you and your family.