The popularity of programmes such as Homes Under the Hammer, Escape to the Country and Love It or List It proves Brits love playing the property game. However, a move up or down the ladder comes at a price; and those that decide to stay put and invest in improving their homes could reap the rewards of adding value to their property.
Matt Carey, Head of Digital Marketing for Anglian Home Improvements, said: “It’s the eternal dilemma for many homeowners: to move or improve? However, with research showing the average cost of a house move is around £10,000, we believe there’s a far savvier choice to be made.
“Rather than throwing themselves at the mercy of mortgage applications, agonising over stressful chains and enduring disruptive removals, homeowners can opt to transform their existing property and create a tailormade living space that reflects their changing needs and personal style.
“At Anglian, our experience has shown that when it comes to home upgrades, there are several simple yet effective solutions that not only help to create a functional and ultra-stylish property, but that also have the potential to add value to a home if executed well.”
Wondering how to add value to your home? Here are a few simple ways you can up your property’s price tag.
1. Create Space
The need for more space is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons for moving house. Additional square footage can make a world of difference, whether it’s for relaxing in, growing into or for spending quality time with the family. Adding a conservatory or orangery is a great way to achieve this without needing to uproot the family to a completely new property. According to research published by HSBC, fitting a conservatory can add literally thousands of pounds to the value of a home.
A professionally-designed conservatory or orangery is guaranteed to flood any home with light, while also making it feel much more spacious. As well as adding luxury and elegance, building a conservatory or orangery is the easiest way to gain a stunning, multi-functional area that’ll suit the changing demands of family life. They also create a seamless link between indoor and outdoor space, so homeowners get even more enjoyment out of their garden.
2. First Impressions Count
Brits will pay up to 25% more for a house with kerb appeal, so the entrance to the home should no longer be an afterthought, but an integral part of both the look and feel of the whole property. There’s no better place to start than with a new front door that reflects the character of the home and – more importantly – makes a fabulous first impression.
Homeowners can now choose from Anglian’s biggest ever selection of doors, side panels and door furniture. Our composite range – available in “Classic GRP” and “Elite Solid Core” – allow for greater personalisation and give homeowners the freedom to express their individuality, whether they prefer a pop of pink or classic Jet Black.
3. Keep it Efficient
New energy-efficient windows not only completely transform the look of a home and dial up that all-important kerb appeal, they also add up to savings when it comes to heating the home. A typical property can lose up to £2,800 worth of energy over a decade, with as much as 18% of the energy paid-for lost through the windows.
Upgrading to new energy-efficient windows is therefore a win-win. They give a property the wow factor and make it look bright, clean and modern, while also creating a comfortable and inviting living space and combating rising energy bills.
4. Enhance the Character
While there’s no magic formula for adding value to a home, it stands to reason that sensitively-planned home upgrades in keeping with the overall character of the property will prove to be a sound investment. Those living in conservation areas or who are looking to incorporate authentic period details can now transform their homes with ease, thanks to our Heritage Timber Collection.
The range of bespoke wooden casement and sash windows, doors and stylish conservatories helps homeowners incorporate the natural charm and craftsmanship of real wood into their property. And, as the timber is selected for longevity, it’s durable and strong, creating a safe and secure home for many years to come.
Homeowners can make the most of the opportunity to upgrade their property for less this spring, with our “Help Us Help You” scheme. Customers can pick and choose from 10 different ways of spreading the word about Anglian, to build up to a maximum saving of 50%*.
To find out more about “Help Us Help You”, and to locate your nearest showroom, check out our website.
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