Home improvements must be realistic

Homeowners hoping to improve their properties need to make sure they are realistic with the changes they make, one organisation has warned.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) highlighted that it is possible to make alterations that could present problems when selling your own home.

Extensions, for example, need to be relative to the size of the house, as bigger is not always better.

Furthermore, the body indicated that keeping the style of a new extension in line with the rest of the property is essential, otherwise the property could lose its appeal.

David Dalby, professional groups director at Rics, said: "It is important to think about the style and age of the property before undertaking any works - remember, what appeals to some people may not appeal to others."

He emphasised that people also need to consider how much they are investing in their projects before parting with any cash.

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Published on: July 6, 2011

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