Make an old home feel new again

Many of us aspire to move to a bigger and better house, but what with an often unfavourable market and the costs associated with moving, taking that next step up the property ladder any time soon just isn't a realistic expectation for the majority. But there are plenty of things you can do to rekindle your love for the home you already have that are also great investments for when you do eventually move on. Here we run through some quick and easy tips on making an old home feel new again.

Move things around

Simply changing around the arrangement of your furniture is the quickest and easiest way to make your home feel new again and best of all, it's free! You'll be surprised by how much difference switching your bed to a different side of the room or moving your TV and sofa around will make – and you can always change them back if you don't like it.

Make space

Dreaming of a bigger house but can't afford to move yet? You can make the home you already have feel much bigger by taking out a non-structural wall, perhaps between the kitchen and dining room. Open-plan houses are very attractive to buyers, so it could also be a great advantage for when you eventually do choose to sell your house.

Re-paint your home

Strategies Online recommends giving your home a lick of paint to make it feel fresh, and it certainly is true that introducing new colours to your interior décor, or even just repainting in the existing colour can make your home feel different and much brighter. You may have bold colours in mind, but consider sticking to a neutral palette with one feature wall, as if you do choose to move on, this will be more attractive to potential buyers.

Insure your new assets

Once you've given your home its new makeover, you may want to think about getting home insurance, to protect the work you've put in. You may already have a home insurance policy but if, for example, your home has been modified in any way or you have bought new furnishings that you would like to have covered in your policy, you will need to contact your insurance provider. You can read more about the home insurance options available to you on InsureMe-on-Line.

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