How to add value to your home

A house is one of the most expensive items we buy, so where possible, we usually aim to increase its value while transforming it into the place we call home.

 

If you are looking to sell your property or just considering adding value to the home you love, here are some helpful hints and tips to help get you on the right track:

 

Loft conversion

A loft conversion can be a great way to add a bedroom, study or bathroom without a huge amount of disruption and doesn’t alter the footprint of the building. The added space will also appeal to potential buyers.

 

Extension

More and more home owners are choosing to extend their homes rather than move out of them. If you love your house, but just need that extra bit of room, an extension is another great way to add space relatively quickly and add value for when you’re ready to sell.

 

Redecorating

Opting for a new colour scheme or feature wall can completely transform a tired room. A lick of paint can really freshen the place up to create a clean, fresh environment – good for your wellbeing and more inviting to buyers.

 

Central heating

Condensing boilers and other heating controls now mean that central heating needn’t be too expensive, it could be a cosy investment.

 

Improve your outside space

The first thing potential buyers see is the space surrounding your property, and there’s only one chance to make a first impression!

 

Focus on the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home and it’s always important to buyers. If you can’t redesign your kitchen, a lick of paint or new cupboard doors can save time and money and still be effective.

 

Adding a conservatory

Adding more room to your living space can be a great idea, making the conservatory part of your open plan living area can create a sense of space and light, which is always good. This could be a cheaper option to consider rather than an extension and planning permission is not always required.

 

New bathroom

The bathroom can be really important to potential buyers, having a clean fresh space can really make a difference. A clean, fairly new bathroom suite can really appeal, especially a gleaming white suite.

 

Going green

Being eco-friendly is becoming more and more important to buyers. Small changes can help, such as using water-based paint when redecorating, taking advantage of government schemes to insulate your loft and wall cavities, keeping your boiler serviced and using draft excluders for doors and windows. Whilst this appeals to buyers, your bills will also be reduced.

 

Windows

Having fairly new, properly sealed windows can put a buyers mind at ease, knowing it’s not an issue they will be left to deal with. Not only can dilapidated windows let in the weather, they can put buyers off from a first glance at your property.

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