Monday, 20 November 2017

Simple Ways To Drastically Increase The Value Of Your Home

Giving your home a makeover every now and again keeps things looking fresh and stops you from getting bored of the same old decor, but it has other benefits. If you ever come to sell your house, any improvements that you’ve done will add value to the house. You should view your home as an investment that you can build on by making improvements over the years. Some of the basic improvements that you make will make the place look better but they won’t increase the value that much.

If you’re serious about investing in your house for the future you need to make some more drastic changes. It’ll cost you upfront, but you’ll see a return should you ever remortgage or sell the house down the line. These are some of the best renovations to go for. 

Loft Conversion

Adding valuable space to the house is one of the easiest ways to boost that price. However, you might not always be able to get the right permissions to build a brand new extension and it’s a costly job even if you do. The loft conversion is a great alternative that still brings the same benefits but it’s cheaper and less invasive. You can easily add an extra bedroom and bathroom to the property and I’m sure you know how much price difference that can make. It’s also a good option for families that have teenage kids that might want a bit more personal space. You’ll need to have somebody come in and check whether the supports are sturdy enough to support a loft extension and bolster them if they aren’t. It’ll cost you somewhere in the region of $20,000 but it will add around double that to the value of the house.

Basement Conversion

If the loft conversion isn’t viable, what about the basement? Basements are often problem areas when you’re trying to sell a house because most of the time they end up being dingy rooms used for storage. They don’t look particularly attractive and in the eyes of a potential buyer, it’s just wasted space. They don’t want to have to spend time turning it into something useful, but if you do it for them, they’re more likely to buy. How easy it is to do depends on the state of your basement. If it’s freezing cold and damp down there, you’ve got a big job on your hands. However, if it’s in fairly good condition and well heated, you can put some more insulation on the walls and decorate it well and you’ve got an extra bedroom. If you don’t want to turn it into a bedroom you can try turning it into a home office or a gym area. Either way, the extra space will boost the value of your property significantly.

Garage Conversion

Like basements, a lot of garages end up being used for storing junk. You probably don’t need any of that stuff so why not clear it all out and turn the space into something else? The main issue that you’re going to run into is insulation. It’s going to be cold down there but if you put in plasterboard walls over some solid insulation and then hook up some heating, you can make it a viable living space. It’ll cost you about $10,000 in total so it’s a cheaper option than the other two.


A conservatory is a very popular feature on a home and the zoning laws around building them aren’t as strict as a full extension. You can also get one for as little as $5000 in some cases, however, they do range all the way up to about $30,000. The biggest mistake that people make when they’re putting on a conservatory is making it look separate to the rest of the house. Then potential buyers often see it as more of an outbuilding than a larger part of the house itself. When you’re designing it, always make sure that you keep the aesthetic close to the rest of the house. Have it open up into the other downstairs living space and run the same flooring through both to tie them together.

These are some of the more expensive options but don’t worry if you can’t afford to make huge changes like that, there are still plenty of smaller bits you can do.

Garage Doors

Security is one of the biggest concerns that potential buyers have. If your house is easy to break into, people are going to be seriously put off. People often remember to reinforce most of the doors but neglect the garage, which is why thieves will often target houses with old garage doors. If you get some good quality residential garage doors fitted, you protect your property from the risk of burglary and you increase its value at the same time. They don’t cost much to get put in but they’ll make a big difference when it comes time to sell.

Pave Over The Lawn

If your house doesn’t have a garage and there is only space for parking on the road, that has a big impact on the price. Having a nice garden does add value but people are usually more concerned about having a good parking space. It might be better to pave over an area of the garden to make a parking space. Make sure to keep some of the flowerbeds in there so you get the best of both worlds.

Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal is a common real estate term that refers to the impression that a buyer has of your house when they first approach the front of it. Anything on the front of the house or in the garden has an effect on curb appeal so go and stand outside your house and have a good look. If you can see anything that you think looks a bit scruffy, fix it up. The garden is an important one. People don’t want to buy a house that they’re going to have to spend ages working on before it’s nice. If they turn up and see a garden that’s overgrown, that’s an immediate red flag. Always keep it well kept and use plants that don’t need too much maintenance, that way it’ll always be in good condition.

A flaking paint job on the outside of the house is also bad news. As soon as somebody sees that, they make an assumption about you. They assume that you don’t spend much time keeping the house well decorated. That means they have a bad impression of the house before they’ve even walked through the front door. It’s cheap and easy to repaint the front of the house and the door yourself and it’ll massively increase your chances of selling.


Another big concern that people have is energy efficiency. With energy prices constantly rising, buyers are increasingly looking for houses based on their running costs. A poorly insulated house that is expensive to heat is going to struggle to sell. If the walls themselves are badly insulated, that’s something that you’re just going to have to live with, unless you want to make incredibly costly structural changes. However, you can improve the situation a lot by replacing the windows. If you’ve got old single glazed wooden or metal windows on the house they’ll let out a lot of heat. Replacing them with double glazed PVC ones isn’t that expensive and it’ll bring those energy bills down drastically. Even if you aren’t thinking of selling anytime soon, it’ll still save you a lot of money.

Having said that, you’ve got to be careful. If the property is an older one, that traditional aesthetic is a big selling point. If for example, you put PVC windows in an old Victorian property, you’ll lose a lot of that charm. When you’re considering replacing the windows, always think about whether they’ll fit with the rest of the property.

New Kitchen

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If your budget is limited and you can only afford to make changes in one or two rooms, always go for the kitchen. In rooms like the lounge you can make big improvements by changing some of the furniture and giving it a quick coat of paint, but an outdated or poorly laid out kitchen is harder to get around. It’s the central focus of most homes these days and one of the first things that a potential buyer will look at. Any old appliances should be replaced and you need to look at how much storage space you’ve got. Think about how a family would use the kitchen and design it accordingly, with easy access to everything from the centre. Always pay a bit more for the latest appliances, otherwise, they might be outdated in a few years when you decide that you want to sell the place.

Even making a few of these simple changes will increase the value of your house in a big way. It’s an investment for the future and it will always pay off.  



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