Do you have any home renovations planned at the moment? Whether you’re making home improvements with a view to selling, or just looking to revamp your living space, chances are you want those projects to add monetary and practical value to your home.
You can give the value of your property a boost with lots of different home improvements, but some projects add more value than others. Here’s a list of eight renovations that will deliver when it comes to adding value to your property.
Converting your loft is a popular way to add extra living space to your home, and it’s also a good way to increase it’s value. Lofts make great extra bedrooms and home offices, and with a good architect you can create a really stunning space that will boost your home’s practicality a well as it’s value. The shape of your loft will determine just how big a room you can create, but you can add dormer sections to increase the available height and space.
Energy saving improvements
Boosting your home’s energy efficiency will not only improve it’s value, it will also save you money in the long run, and help to reduce your impact on the planet. Energy saving renovations include installing solar panels, insulating the loft, installing a new boiler, adding cavity wall insulation, and installing or upgrading double glazing. It’s worth checking whether your property qualifies for a home energy grant as this can cover some of the initial outlay.
The cost of a conservatory is usually lower than an extension, and it’s also a much more straightforward renovation project. A well-built conservatory can provide you with a value-boosting extra room, while also creating a natural progression from the interior of your home to your outdoor space. Striking a good balance between the size of the conservatory and the amount of outdoor space you sacrifice is key to a successful project.
A home improvement project doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to add value. Something as simple as re-decorating rooms or installing tongue and groove joints can make all the difference to the perceived value of a home. If you’re planning on selling your house, go for neutral colour palettes to maximise the appeal.
There’s a reason everyone talks about the importance of kerb appeal. The first impression your home makes on visitors will heavily influence the value they place on it, so this is an area where you can make some easy wins. Make sure exterior woodwork is looking smart, repair any leaky gutters, repoint brickwork if necessary, and freshen up rendered areas with paint. Giving your front door a makeover will also help to create a positive welcome.
If you’re using your garage as a bit of a dumping ground, converting it into living space is definitely worth considering. Garages lend themselves well to conversion into a home office, playroom or guest room. Think carefully about the practical features you will need – heating, lighting, security, wifi etc. – before beginning any conversion project.
Sprucing up the garden
Tidying up your garden is another low-cost way to boost your home’s value. You can keep it simple with things like trimming shrubs and hedges, cleaning patios, clearing away any junk and adding some pretty plants in containers. If your garden needs a more major overhaul, prioritise the hard landscaping. This will create a practical area that can be used for a number of purposes including dining, entertaining and relaxing.
Adding a bathroom
An extra bathroom can make your home more attractive to buyers – particularly families. If you can steal a little bit of space from an existing room to create a full bathroom, or even an en suite, you’ll increase your home’s value while also reducing queues for the shower in the morning!
Which home improvements have you carried out that have added value to your property?