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14 home improvement myths you should forget pronto

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We've all heard a myriad of home improvement 'gospel truths' but, as it turns out, some of them are less golden rules and more old wives tales that we can ignore.

Of course, you want to know which are which so you don't waste a huge amount of time during your next living room revamp of bathroom makeover, so we're here to lift the lid. Think of us as your personal decorators, here to give you all the advice you need.

If you want to know which myths you can forget, read on!

1. Adding expensive materials will increase the value of your home

Or they could just cost you a lot of money!

2. Being super trendy is always best

What about when the trend ends?

3. Cracks in the wall all have to be taken care of

Nope! Some are just hairlines, which will always happen.

4. You can manage everything yourself

Nobody can so accept defeat occasionally and hire a professional.

5. Adding a pool always adds value

Only if it stays fashionable and in good condition and was reasonably priced to start with.

6. Going green is really expensive

Small things make a big difference and can be cheap, like energy-efficient light bulbs.

7. Adding an extra bedroom is better than another bathroom

Exclusive classical development of 9 houses and 3 apartments:  Bedroom by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Exclusive classical development of 9 houses and 3 apartments

Des Ewing Residential Architects

You always need more bathrooms and guests can use a sofa.

8. Wallpaper can be hung anywhere

Not technically and it can look terrible in the wrong spot.

9. Interior revamps are more important than exterior ones

Town House, Sussex.:  Garden by CHALKSPACE

Town House, Sussex.


It's a collective effort so tackle every space with equal concentration.

10. Paint hides everything

Absolutely not! You need to do a lot of prep before painting or it will make things even worse.

11. All extensions add value

Rear elevation showing timber extension:  Houses by Neil Dusheiko Architects
Neil Dusheiko Architects

Rear elevation showing timber extension

Neil Dusheiko Architects

Only if you keep a tight hold on the budget while you build and create something attractive, like this one.

12. Only traditional décor works in an older home

Actually, eclectic touches work well in older homes too, so embrace some colour and pattern!

13. Garages are great for turning into a living space

Actually, garages are a sought after commodity so you should hang onto it.

14. Doing the work yourself will save you money

 Dining room by diewohnblogger

Ein Stuhl, der Farbe an den Tisch bringt


Only if you get it right first time. So, how good are you really?

For even more DIY inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 20 Economical DIY Projects Everyone Can Manage.

Which of these tips will you keep in mind?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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