Our top ten tips and tricks to improve your property
There are many different ways you can boost the value of your home and most can be done on a modest budget.
Bring The Outdoors In With A Conservatory
Although you will have to give up a bit of your garden, the benefits of adding a conservatory mean that you will gain an extra room and be able to enjoy your garden from the comfort and warmth of your home throughout the year. With careful planning you could have an additional area of living and which should easily give you a good return on your investment.
More is More
Quite simply put, extending your property is guaranteed to increase the amount it is worth. By adding to the overall size you are adding to the appeal and the value, however this is one of the most expensive options and but can give a high return on your outlay. Planning permission is usually required, but home extensions, especially single story ones, are rarely denied.
Generally speaking, most of us use our lofts as a space to store things that we don’t know where else to put. Whether it be boxes of Christmas decorations, old school books or camping gear, the loft is the go to space for dumping items that we rarely use, but don’t want to throw out. With a bit of reorganisation and decluttering, the space can potentially be appropriated for conversion in to an additional bedroom, which won’t require any planning permission and can add up to 10% to the value of your home.
A Recipe For Success
The kitchen is regarded by many of us as the heart of the modern home and as such will be a key selling point, so spending some time and money on making the most of the space you have will often work wonders. Whether you update the whole kitchen or simply replace the cupboard doors and worktops depends on your existing space and the budget you have to work with, but with plenty of options and advice available this is a top choice for many people.
Make Space For An Extra Bathroom
The desire for the convenience of multiple bathrooms and en suites means that, if you have the space, it could be put to better use as a bathroom. Obviously if you only have a one bedroom apartment a second bathroom is unnecessary, but in a family home the convenience of more than one shower or toilet is a real plus.
Quite often overlooked when thinking of home improvements, the garden is a space that can be transformed from an unsightly mess to a crowning glory even on a low budget. Low maintenance options such as patios and decking are popular choices, but if you are green fingered then you can use plants to capture the eye and give your garden the wow factor.
Whether you do it yourself or call in a professional, giving your home a fresh lick of paint is an easy way to update a property quickly and cheaply. Choose your colours carefully to make bold statements or select shades which give a feeling of space and light.
If your property has old windows that are draughty and in need of an upgrade then making the switch to double glazing. It results in savings on energy bills, reduces noise and increases the feeling of comfort and security.
If your home doesn’t already have it this is a real no-brainer. The cost of works is relatively low, but will mean that potential buyers won’t be thinking about it and mentally calculating it as one of the jobs they need to tackle.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Even the smallest of homes can be made to feel much more light and spacious with the simple addition of a couple of mirrors. From expanding the feel of a dark, cramped hallway to creating a focal point in a living room this is one option that will give an instant fix and make a difference to the feel of your home even on the dreariest of days.
It is also a good idea to invest in some good quality furniture, and if you are in the process of selling, hide away old and worn items. Although you will obviously be taking it with you, quality furniture can improve how luxurious a room looks, and this can have a positive effect on the price tag.
Whichever option you choose, even the smallest of improvements will make your home a more enjoyable place to live and will almost certainly increase its value, so work out what you have the time and budget for and go for the best you can afford.