The housing market isn’t great right now, and many sensible property owners will be turning their attentions to improving on their current property instead of moving to a new one. To help with this process, we’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks and advice to help boost the value of your home and make it feel fresh and new.
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1. When you’re planning and tightening your budget, the last thing you want to do is spend money unnecessarily on your home – so it’s worth researching first which home improvements will boost your home’s value and which jobs will devalue your house. That way, every penny spent will be spent wisely.
2. An extension could add between 10 and 50 per cent to the value of your home, depending on its size and how well it’s finished. The key is to get its proportions just right. So, you’ve plenty of bedrooms but a tiny kitchen? Add on a downstairs extension to create a spacious kitchen diner. Got a huge garden but a small house? Put on a double storey extension to create the family home of your dreams. Want something state of the art? Add a glass extension.
3. If you really want to boost the value of your home, considering updating the kitchen is a must. It’s the first room that most potential buyers will consider when the time does come to sell your home, but in the meantime it’s likely to be the room that you spend the most of your time in – especially if it doubles as a dining room. The secret to a great kitchen is to make sure it is in-keeping with the style of your home – so a period property will benefit most from a traditional kitchen, whereas a modern home will rely suit more contemporary fittings.
4. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to getting a whole new kitchen designed and fitted, a great alternative is to simply get new doors and appliances. It’ll give you that newly renovated feel without the price tag.
5. New kitchen wall tiles and replacement worktops will instantly smarten up a tatty kitchen, as will new hard flooring throughout.
6. If you have a smaller property and little garden space to extend into, consider a loft conversion instead. If you can manage to get an extra bedroom and bathroom up there, this could add up to 10 per cent to the value of your home.
7. Talking of bathrooms, if you’ve got the space to create an en-suite then this could add another 5 per cent to the value of your home. Don’t do this at the expense of a whole bedroom, though – it’s best to steal a little space from a larger bedroom, or even fit a wet room into a larger cupboard.
8. You could have a go at revamping a bathroom yourself if your DIY skills are up to scratch, which is of course much cheaper than hiring a plumber. There are a few things you can do which are actually a lot more straightforward than you’d think, such as fitting a new sink and retiling walls and floors.
9. If you fancy splashing out a little bit, getting a whole new bathroom design and fitted can be a great improvement if you’ve got the budget. Consider lighting carefully too, as it can have the ability to create the illusion of space.
10. Add a huge 15 per cent to the value of your home just by improving the outside. Tidy up the front garden and perhaps plant some flowers, paint the front door and clean the windows – or even tackle repairing the guttering if it needs it.