Ways to add value to your abode
To get the most from your property and move your way up the property ladder, here are some ideas for adding value to your home:
- Fix Structural Problems
Firstly, before attempting any cosmetic measures, ensure all structural issues are dealt with. Things that need attention include:
- Any sagging or leaks in the roof
- cracks in the walls
- any rotting in your roof timber
- broken or missing roof tiles
- sinking floor slabs
These fixes are going to be the most costly, but are crucial when wanting to add value to a property. Now might be a good time to replace old gutters. For UPVC Fascia and Soffits, visit www.absolutebuildingplastics.co.uk/upvc-fascia-boards/
- Updating Wiring and Plumbing
This is disruptive, there’s no doubt about that and will involve lifting of floors and removing plaster etc so it’s really important to carry out this work before starting any cosmetic measures. If your home hasn’t been rewired for many years, you’ll add significant value by adding extra sockets, installing an extractor fan in the bathroom and updating any old lighting with something more contemporary.
- Replace Windows
Adding new windows to a property can add instant value and when it comes to selling your property, most potential buyers expect modern upvc double glazing as standard. The windows are low in maintenance, highly durable and energy efficient. They can also come in a variety of designs and offer good security too.
- Convert the loft
If you want to add value and space to your property, then a loft conversion is cheaper than building an extension. You will add significant value if you use the space to include an additional bedroom and bathroom. A few initial checks will need to be made before you can go ahead. There will need to be lots of headroom and your roof needs to consist of trusses or cut roof timbers.
Dormer windows or rooflights are the ideal solution for bringing in lots of natural light. The benefit of a loft conversion is that they do not require planning permission. Dormer windows may need permission if they face a road at the front of the house.
- Kitchen Makeover
Many properties are sold on the standard of their kitchen, such is the importance of the room. Contemporary, stylish and clean is what people are looking for, as well as ample space and storage. You could decide to make structural changes and relocate the room or change its shape. Alternatively, cheaper options include replacing worn cabinet doors and worktops.
Similarly, bathrooms can often be deal-breakers. Modern, clean and comfortable are the bare necessities when it comes to bathroom suites. If your property is still sporting an old avocado suite, then it’s probably time to rip it out and invest in a classic, timeless white bathroom suite. Install a feature mirror, some contemporary lighting and new flooring. You’ll have a stylish bathroom for a relatively small investment, which will increase the value of your home.