How to Add Value to Your Home

12th June 2015

This is the ultimate question for any homeowner. We all want a house that we can improve for better living and add value to it at the same time. Well, there are quite a few things you can do that will add value to your home – some for when your house is on the market, others are investments that will pay off when it comes to selling.

Cleanliness

If you are trying to sell your home, first things first: you need to make sure your house is clean and tidy. It doesn’t cost much, involves a bit of elbow grease, but will really help with first impressions. As BBC property expert Henry Pryor told Good to be Home, “You don’t want people driving away after a viewing discussing the ring around the bath!”

If walls are looking a bit grubby or like they need a lick of paint, freshen it up. The more inviting your home is, the more appealing it is to potential buyers.

Kerb Appeal

First impressions count for everything when selling your home, so making sure the front of your house is neat and tidy really helps. It’s not just your driveway or front garden that needs to be focused on, your windows and doors count for a lot too. 

If your door’s paint is peeling and looking worse for wear, it’s probably time to change it. This can make your home look scruffy and maybe give the impression that it’s insecure, even if it’s not. The same goes for your windows, if they’re dirty or even worse damaged, you may want to get them replaced. Replacing with A-rated windows can contribute to your home’s energy rating, which could make it a higher grade, therefore more valuable.

Good home staging/Each room has a clear purpose

Always consider who would want to live in the area and in your home. If it’s ideal for young families, turn the spare room into a small bedroom, ideal for a little one.
Good home staging is essential. Rooms should be clear of clutter, beds made, shelves dusted and fresh flowers are a nice way to liven up a room. 

Every room should represent its original purpose as our minds still think in traditional terms according to property writer, Nigel Lewis. So, if you’ve used your spare room as a home gym, turn it back into a bedroom.

Another great tip is to make sure every room looks like it could be part of a show home. Nigel also claims buyers will have made up their mind about a house within the first 30 seconds of entering a house, so you need to make sure you get it right from the very opening of your home.

Extending

Adding more space is an obvious way to add more value to your home. Making sure you extend your home in the most cost effective way, and in a way that will give the most value to your home is a little trickier. 

This is prime time to think about who will be buying your home and it’s worthwhile speaking to your local estate agent to find out what appeals to the current market. The purpose of the extension is another thing to consider. Is your home in need of a dining room, another bedroom or a bathroom?

A conservatory is a great way to enhance the light entering your home and despite general preconceptions, they are a room that can be used all year round thanks to the advancements in window and roof technology. 

Orangeries are a style of extension that has taken the market by storm. They are a mix between a conservatory and a brick built extension. Their main characteristics are the lantern roof, parapet along the edge of the roof and the brick built pillars separating the windows. These rooms can be used for whatever you like – a kitchen, living room, dining room or even a games room – the options are endless.

If your garage is wasted space, think about converting it into an extra room, you can never have too much space.

Upgrading the kitchen & Making it Multi-functional

  

This is one of the more expensive ways to increase the value of your home, but modern life has changed the traditional use of rooms. Kitchens are a much more social area, open plan living has allowed dinner parties to include the chef more, so there’s no more dashing between entertaining the guests and cooking those steaks.

If you have the space next to your kitchen, look to extend here and create a relaxing kitchen/living area.

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