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The best home improvements for over 55's to consider in 2016

With technology evolving year on year, 2016 is the perfect time to start planning your ideas for home improvements. For those who are selecting amendments on a tight budget, there is no need to worry as grants and funding schemes are available to help you pay for a better home. Whether you are looking to add value to your property in the hope of downsizing, or to create extra security internally and externally, then take a look at our best home improvements for over 55’s for the year ahead. 

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The best home improvements for over 55's to consider in 2016

With technology evolving year on year, 2016 is the perfect time to start planning your ideas for home improvements. For those who are selecting amendments on a tight budget, there is no need to worry as grants and funding schemes are available to help you pay for a better home. Whether you are looking to add value to your property in the hope of downsizing, or to create extra security internally and externally, then take a look at our best home improvements for over 55’s for the year ahead. 

 

Grants

Since the role out of the new Pension Act reforms, more and more people over 55 are likely to spend their savings on home improvements such as cheap stairlifts for safe mobility around the home. However, if you are eligible for grants such as the Equity Release Scheme that allows you to release capital  tied up in the property, then it is a great way to start. There are also Government backed energy grants that cut the cost of implementing energy saving measures in your home. The Energy Saving Trust has great advice and information on how to gain the benefits of these. 

Interior home improvements

Research from comparison website Go Compare revealed earlier this year that kitchen and bathroom improvements are at the top of the list for UK homeowners, making them more efficient by replacing old boilers for energy saving products.

If you are looking to downsize in retirement then refurbishing and modernising specific rooms in the house will not only look great, but will add value. However, for those who are looking to stay, here are some interior home improvement tips to make the most of your home. 

Alarm systems

Although they aren’t the first thought-out home improvement on everybody’s list, an upgrade on a home alarm system is probably the most valuable. Not only can alarm systems protect the health and well-being of you as an  individual, but also your family and friends. Whether you are looking for an alarm system to protect against burglaries for the whole home, or something a little more discreet such as a personal care alarm in emergencies, any alarm is an invaluable investment for any home.

Bradley Wood, Digital Marketing Executive at Careline365 says: “Once people move into the over 55 age bracket, they may begin to suffer from health issues or from a lack of confidence at home. It could be that they live alone and have nobody to help them up if they fall.”

Personal alarms such as those from Careline 365 have been designed specifically for older, disabled or frail people and those who live alone. The device itself comes in two parts; the base unit and the MyAmie Pendant. The base unit simply plugs into your telephone socket and a mains power socket, and the pendant is worn around the user’s wrist or neck depending on their preference of comfort.

If the user feels unwell or has a fall at home, all they need to do is press a red button on their pendant which will automatically connect them to the Care Team at Careline365, before contacting the user’s emergency contacts which could include their family, friends or neighbours.

 

Updating windows

Heat and comfort are a top priority for those over 55, as warmth can help joints within the body to work better, and therefore improve mobility around the home. Creating optimum warmth using energy saving windows is a great investment for those who are looking to improve their health and their bank balance in the long run. Choosing to replace single glazed windows, for the modern double or triple glazed product could be one of the best decisions for home improvement you will make this year.

The most common of all energy efficient window products is the uPVC. Manufacturers and fitters such as Everest sell these in a range of options such as double or triple glazing and traditional or contemporary styled framing in a range of colours. So instead of turning up your thermostat and paying more for your electricity and heating, adding secure windows with up to 10 locking points and the option of self-cleaning glass, will save you pounds in your finances this year. 

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Outdoor home improvements

Outdoor home improvements can be just as valuable as interior ones. Whether you are choosing to extend your property for when the family come to visit, or to prevent wear and tear on particular parts of the home, exterior improvements are well worth the money.

Conservatory

Apart from the relaxed environment that a conservatory can provide, there are a several benefits of looking into adding an extra room onto the end or side of the house if the space is there to do so. There are many different styles and designs to keep in touch with the rest of the home décor, such as timber frames for a traditional feel or tiled roof extensions adding a contemporary edge, so there is no need to worry about redecorating the whole of the house!

A conservatory will allow you the opportunity to unwind and enjoy your garden when it’s in full bloom in the summer, or keep cosy and warm in the winter. Just like uPVC windows, conservatories are fitted for ultimate homeliness and comfort, not forgetting the security and safety fittings that come with it. It is a good idea, like with most outdoor home improvements, to search around for the cheapest prices and quotes for the most value for money. Just like gaining access to the best stairlift prices, talking to and asking the professionals for the best fitting conservatory for you is a great place to start.

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New roof

When looking to improve the home, it’s easy to forget the maintenance and upkeep of the roof of the house and outbuildings that you may have. Winter months can cause havoc on tiles and thatch, with freezing temperatures and storms likely to affect the function of the roof and if you are certain that a roof replacement for your home is in order, then 2016 is the year to do so!

Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling, but there are many factors that could determine whether replacing your roof entirely will solve the problem. Experts believe that a well-built roof will last between 20 to 25 years, but if you are noticing missing slates or slates in the gutter when cleaning out leaves and debris, then that is the time to get your roof looked at by a professional. Although replacing entire roofs can be costly, it is definitely an investment worth considering if your children will be inheriting the house. 

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