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Should I invest in plantation shutters?

shutterstock_153642551Whenever you’re about to carry out any home improvements, it’s always a good idea to do some research into whether or not the benefits are going to outweigh the cost of doing them.

Say for example installing a new kitchen is going to set you back £20,000 but only add £10,000 to the value of your house, this wouldn’t be a worthwhile investment. A loft conversion on the other hand may cost you £10,000 to build and add £20,000 to the value of your property, in which case this is well worth doing.

If you’re thinking about investing in plantation shutters and want to know if it’s a safe and worthwhile purchase, below are just a few of the benefits of doing so.

They provide better insulation

Curtains and blinds do of course offer some insulation but nothing can compete with shutters when it comes to this. Shutters have been proven to effectively insulate windows which means that not only can you enjoy a warmer home, you can dramatically reduce your heating bills and be safe in the knowledge that your home is more environmentally friendly.

They provide the wow factor

When it comes to selling your house you want potential buyers to be impressed from the very first glance. One of the biggest attractions of shutters is that they look fantastic in any home thanks to the clean and contemporary feel they provide. They really are a great selling point and they can even add value to your home – estate agents will use your shutters as a feature and when they come to value your property, they will add an amount onto the sale price as shutters are considered part of the fixtures and fittings.

shutterstock_61968628 They help to keep out noise

Another reason why plantation shutters are a massive selling point to potential buyers is because they’re great at keeping out external noise. Shutters are natural noise barriers and are therefore ideal if you’re in an area where outdoor noise can be a problem. Whether you live near an airport, can hear cars on the motorway, pedestrians are frequently walking past or wildlife wakes you up in the early hours, all of this noise can be eliminated with shutters.

Another feature is that because shutters are made from wood, they’re incredibly sturdy and you therefore don’t have to worry about them banging and rattling around in the wind like you get with blinds.

They offer better security

Security is something that’s always at the forefront of people’s minds when they’re purchasing a house. One of the first things a buyer will look into is the area, how safe it is and what the crime statistics are. With this is mind, anything your home can offer that provides extra security will be a huge selling point.

Unbeknown to many, plantation shutters are a great way of making a home more secure. If you have windows which are at eye-level to people passing by, it can be very easy for potential intruders to determine whether or not someone is home and if your house contains many valuables. Closing the shutters stops people from being able to see inside your property and therefore provides more privacy and better security.

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