You could save considerable money getting your boiler upgraded (and, thereafter, regularly serviced). Hattie Hasan, of Stopcocks Women Plumbers, says: “Boilers over eight years old are less efficient and cost more to run. Prevention is better than cure. Service your boiler before the winter sets in as it costs more to call out an emergency plumber for a winter repair.”
This should be the fun bit, but don’t have so much fun that you forget to plan properly. Keep records of the shiny new tech you invest in. Remember when your warranties run out and keep your new fixtures maintained. By all means buy 27 tester pots and try them all in each room, but when you settle on your eventual colour scheme, keep a note of what paint and wallpaper you use and where you got it from; note down all room measurements, too. This will pay dividends three years down the line when you make adjustments to the house and want to patch up the decoration.
Keeping copious files about your new home might not be what you had in mind when you made the initial offer, but careful planning could keep your home sweet home sweeter for a bit longer.
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