If you want to add value to your home, to either sell your property or simply to enjoy the benefits yourself, then there are a few things you can do that will make all the difference:
Redecorating is one of the easiest and most popular home improvements you can do. Merely giving your home a fresh coat of paint and doing some general maintenance can be done at little cost. A lick of paint goes a long way to giving your home a new lease of life, so do not be afraid to pick up the paintbrush and some fantastic colors.
Replace Doors and Windows
The outside of the house needs to be welcoming and inviting. Your front door and the front of your house is the first impression to potential buyers or visitors and says a lot about the rest of the house. You don’t need to replace the whole door, but give it a good wash and some fresh paint, a new doorknob and house number or name sign to make all the difference. Check out double glazing prices as the value increase to your home could out-weigh the cost of you doing this.
Give The Kitchen A Makeover
Kitchens are essential for most buyers, so if you want to sell, it is often the first thing buyers will look at. While fitting a whole new kitchen can be a huge job and very expensive, there are a lot of smaller ways to improve the kitchen you already have. Start by painting units and replacing cupboard handles or doors.
Update Your Bathroom
Eliminating all limescale and replacing taps will make all the difference to your bathroom. Bathrooms need to be fresh and clean and also look hygienic, so paint the walls a neutral shade, replace a shower curtain with a new one or a simple glass screen and voila.
Opening up space is something that more and more people want from their homes, notably joining the kitchen and dining room. Combining these two rooms into one large one creates a friendly area, which is useful for the whole family.
Covert or Extend
Adding a conservatory, patio, converting a garage, installing a whole new kitchen or bathroom, converting your loft or cellar can be expensive, it can also add a lot of value to your home. You can start by looking into planning permission if you’re not able to do an extension now but intend to at a later date. Transforming a cellar into a living or storage space is particularly popular as it can boost a property’s value by up to 30 percent – so long as the build cost per square foot is less than the price per square foot of the area. It can be one of the least complex home improvements to make as it qualifies as a ‘change of use’ for planning purposes – which means you don’t need planning permission.
Be Energy Efficient
Smart home technologies are increasingly popular and if you are thinking of selling then just letting people know that there are fiber optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers to buy your house. Advertising things like multi-room music platforms can also make a difference and be very attractive to buyers.
Smart technology such as Hive gives mobile control over heating systems and is a feature worth considering for your home. If it moves your Energy Performance Certificate up a band, it could add thousands to your house price.
Create a driveway
Being able to park close to your front door comes at a considerable premium in some areas, and therefore, if you have the room to add off-street parking, you should do it!
Make your home lighter
Light creates the illusion of space, so a dark property is of less value than a lighter one, even if it’s slightly smaller. Making your home lighter is a cheap and easy way to increase the value, and there are a few things that you can do to make your home lighter. Clean your windows to allow more light into the house and make both the inside and outside look more appealing. Install bright energy efficient lights. This can help if you are looking to sell your home in the winter months when it can be dark outside or install a skylight, or sliding patio doors to increase the illusion of space in your home. These are more expensive options, but more natural light and a view of the garden can be appealing to buyers.