Add value to your home

Add value to your home

16th Dec, 2015

As your property price increases, so do other properties, often leaving your property at the same place on the property ladder as before. If you are investing in your property in order to move up to the next rung on the ladder, you’ll have to find the money or create more value in your current home. If you have money to invest in your current property, here are some home improvements that are well worth considering.

Loft conversion

This is usually the easiest way to create an extra room suitable for a bedroom or bathroom. The extra space can push your house up to the next price bracket. They key thing is to ensure that the loft fits in with the rest of the house and has easy access. Make sure you get professional advice to see if your loft has the potential for the conversion.


Conservatories as are a great way to extend your living space, as long as they match the style of your house. You can make the space flow with the house with flooring, painting and furniture. A conservatory can cost as little as £5,000 yet add 11% value.

Pave over your garden

If you live in a rural area, parking may not be a problem and there won’t be any added value.  However, in any area where parking is hard to come by, off-street parking is always a winner.

Refurbish your kitchen

If you are going to focus on one room, choose the kitchen. The kitchen is seen as the main focus of the home so it is the best room to invest your money in. The priority is to create a modern and efficient area with up-to-date equipment. Consider what your buyers are looking for and make sure the price bracket of your kitchen matches the price bracket of your house. 

Update the windows

This applies if the windows of your property are not in keeping with the house or are looking scruffy. The windows you choose should suit the age and style of the original property. For example, if the property was meant to have wooden windows, then put wooden windows in. Otherwise, leave well alone.

Clean the exterior

In order to attract buyers, you have to get them to want to come through the front door. This means you need to have the outside as smart as possible. If nothing else, your house should at least look better than your neighbour's. Clean those dirty windows, clear the driveway and unblock the gutters.

Bring the outside in

Natural light is proven to enhance our moods so bring the garden inside. This can be done by adding bi-fold doors to open up the property, installing decking or building a garden room to create extra living space. Viewing the garden as another room can cost anything from £5,000 to £15,000 and add as much as £25,000 to the value of the property.


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