Changes, big or small, can make a big difference to the value of your home. For tips, read our blog.
There are many reasons why we want to breathe new life into our homes. You might have just bought a property and are keen to put your personal stamp on it. Maybe you’re about to sell and want to get the best possible price. Or, you could be blissfully happy with your nest and just want to make it look the best it can. Whatever the motivation, it’s important that any improvements you undertake add value. It’s not just major renovation work like redesigning the kitchen or overhauling the bathroom that increase the price and the appeal of your property. Small cosmetic enhancements and basic structural changes can make a big difference. Here are a few simple and cost-effective ideas to consider.
First things first, tackle any superficial defects. Dripping taps, broken tiles, scuffed walls, mouldy seals around baths and showers, all these small things add up to an overall impression of neglect. Have a big clear out and declutter. You’ll be amazed how much brighter and bigger your home looks.
It’s easy to boost your home’s kerb appeal by looking at it through the eyes of a visitor. If it looks a bit unloved and lacklustre add a few cheery tubs of plants or window boxes. Sweep the path and replace broken tiles or replenish loose stones and bark. Replace your front door with a stylish elegant uPVC one in a fresh, bright colour with smart new knob, handle, knocker and letterplate.
An attractive, well designed and well cared for garden can add a great deal of value and joy to a property. Outdoor spaces are becoming a room in their own right, not only bringing the outside in, but extending the inside out. Install decking and exterior lights and maybe construct a barbecue or fire-pit. Open up your home with elegant French doors or patio doors. These will not only bring endless joy but will prove a real selling point if the time comes to move on.
Space to breathe
Enhance the feeling of space in your home by adding a gorgeous versatile conservatory. Extending your living space is always a good idea but make sure the new addition matches the style of your house and doesn’t resemble something bolted on to the back of the building. It is crucial that you place your home in the care of experienced qualified master craftsmen who will give it the care and attention it deserves. If carried out sympathetically and professionally, a conservatory can add an impressive 7% to the value of your home.
Room to grow
If you love your home but feel like you’re bursting at the seams, you may want to add a study, an extra bedroom, a playroom or just somewhere to escape. An extension done will add value, be a major selling point, and be an investment you can enjoy for many years. Only entrust your beloved house to a company that can offer all the advice and guidance you need on transforming your home with a new extension.
Window to the world
If your home is anything but cosy, prone to draughts with jammed or damaged frames, clouded glass and broken catches, replace your windows. It is important that they not only complement your style of property but provide elegant lines, exceptional security features, noise reduction and heat retention. Make sure any work you have carried out comes with a 10-year, no-quibble, insurance-backed guarantee.
If you're looking to put your property on the market, remember that even a few simple touches can go a long way. Take some time to think about who your likely buyers are and what they might be looking for from your home. For example, if you feel that it will appeal to busy young professionals, you could temporarily turn a spare bedroom into an office to show the flexibility of your living space. Or, if it’s more likely to appeal to new parents, demonstrate how your new conservatory would be a wonderful safe playroom.
Finally, don’t forget that fresh air and a clean smell cost nothing but are priceless!