28 Mar Some simple improvements that could add thousands to the value of your home.
Nothing sparks conversation with us Brits quite like the value of your property. Oh, and the weather of course.
With values in some areas taking a tumble in the last twelve months, there are some simple ways that you can add value to your property – and not all of them involve getting the builders in.
Whether you are selling now or simply maintaining your home to put on the market in the future, there are many small improvements you can put in place to keep your property in the best possible shape for when the time comes to sell
Here are our top ten tips.
Give the kitchen a makeover
The kitchen is likely to be the single biggest investment that a buyer may want to make on a new house. Having an attractive, hygienic and fresh looking kitchen is essential. Start by painting the cabinets to give a fresh look and replace doors and handles if needed. Improve kitchen storage where you can; a larder, for example is hugely attractive among house-hunters.
Make sure there is adequate lighting as well, it’s very easy and cost effective to install under unit lighting. Finally, ensure that any floor tiles are well fitted and a colour that is easy to maintain and keep clean.
First impressions count. The front door of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it for the first time. If you cannot afford to replace the door, make sure it looks attractive by giving it a power wash or a fresh lick of paint.
A beautiful and private garden
Your garden is often the first thing that is seen by prospective buyers so it’s vital to create a great first impression. Start by tidying away any litter, mowing your lawn, removing all perennial weeds and cutting back overgrown trees and shrubs.
Once you have made the space look attractive, try and create a feeling of solitude. An open, clutter-free space is appealing but privacy is essential. Consider growing trees or adding boundary fences and walls, which can go up to two metres without needing planning permission.
Another option would be to assemble a structure in the space such as a pergola. As well as creating privacy, this is a great way to separate areas of your garden for socialising and to extend the use of your garden into the colder months.
Adding a conservatory or putting in sky lights may not be an option. However, there are simple but effective ways to create light with the use of mirrors.
Hanging mirrors opposite windows tricks the eye into thinking there is another window there and maximises the impact of natural lighting. Another illusion when capturing light is to reflect it into any darker corners, to make your property look bigger and brighter.
Opening up space
Opening up living space is becoming more and more popular, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two into one large room creates a sociable space, great for the whole family to enjoy. Knocking through walls to create this open-plan living space is an effective way to add value to a property because a larger space is not only trendy but more useful.
However, it is important to remember the practicalities with this, as many consumers still like the front room philosophy that can be used for special occasions or to be used for privacy by the adults.
Go neutral with your decoration
With each potential house buyer having varied tastes in patterns and texture, certain wallpaper designs can be seen as overwhelming. People want to be able to imagine the life that they will lead in the house. That will be difficult if the lasting memory of your home is the tangerine walls.
Wallpaper can also be difficult to remove. This could lead to people being put off by if they are looking for a home to move straight into.
We recommend using paint and keeping colours neutral, making it a simpler job for the next homeowner and the property overall becomes more appealing.
Converting the loft
A loft conversion is a more expensive improvement yet probably gives back the best value for money. Most people can easily convert the loft. Expanding the house upwards offers homeowners an extra bedroom for growing families or a space for extra storage.
Adding an extra bedroom can give huge value to your home, particularly if it includes an en-suite bathroom. Remember to seek planning permission before undertaking this work though.
Be energy efficient
The green credentials of your home are becoming more and more important. This is particularly so if you’re thinking of selling to an investor or landlord. The law is changing in April 2018 making it illegal to rent a property if it falls below certain energy efficiency. Fitting your home with energy efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to knock the costs of bills. With a huge variety of new products on the market for this, it’s increasingly becoming a key feature for new homes.
Double glaze the windows
Noisy roads can impact the value of a property. It will keep the home warm and keep the noise out, even if it’s near a main road.
Install a fireplace
A fireplace can bring a lot of character to a room and creates a focal point. It’s also practical; the warmth from the fire allows you to reduce the use of your central heating. This in turn will lead to savings on your energy bills.