How to add value to your house
Making improvements to your home is not only a great way to refresh and revive old surroundings, but it’s also a great way to maximise the value of your house and work your way up the property ladder.
Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can make smaller improvements, such as redecorating, or you could move up the scale and undergo renovation projects to completely transform your home and potentially add even more value to it.
Larger home improvements
One-story or two-story, the whole width of your house or just the width of one room, extensions can come in many different varieties and they’re great for giving you extra living space.
You could make better use of redundant loft space in your house by converting it into an extra room. You can then utilise this space however you want to, whether it’s an extra bedroom, a playroom for the children or a home gym, perhaps.
Renovating your kitchen can be a bit of a hassle, as it’s the main room in a house that's used on a daily basis. But if you can update it, then your property could become a whole lot more appealing to prospective buyers who won’t have the headache of replacing it themselves.
Similarly, having a new bathroom installed can also be a bit tricky, but this is a staple room in the house that will attract people to your property and hopefully increase its value too.
Adding a conservatory to your house can give you that much needed extra downstairs living space. With a range of styles to choose from, you can pick one that falls within your budget and meets your needs.
If you have a large bedroom, why not consider shaving a bit of space off the side to make room for an en-suite? En-suites are great for convenience and families, so you aren’t all queuing up in the mornings!
If you want to make some worthwhile changes to your property but don’t want to do anything too drastic, there are a few things you could do to improve its kerb appeal.
New windows and front door
These can instantly change the appearance of your house and can also improve the security of it too.
Nothing beats a warm welcome to a house, and being met with a neat and tidy driveway, whether block paved, tarmacked or otherwise, is a lovely way to do so.
The convenience of a porch is often overlooked but it can serve a great purpose in a family home. It gives you somewhere to store your coats and dirty shoes, keeping them out of the house so your hallway can remain clean and tidy.
Smaller home improvements
How can you add value to your home though, if you don't want to spend time and money on larger renovations or home improvements? Fortunately, for those who'd prefer to make smaller and more affordable alterations, there are many things you could do.
Mirrors and light fittings
Adding mirrors to rooms will allow the light to bounce around, making them appear bigger. Statement light fittings are on-trend right now, so take your time to choose something that is right for the room and has the ‘wow’ factor.
Spend some time decluttering your home - you'll be surprised how much one household can hoard away! Go through your things and get rid of anything you haven’t used for a few months, as chances are, you won’t need them again. Take anything that's still in good condition to your local charity shop, rather than throwing it away.
Redecorate the house to give it a fresh new look. If you’re hoping to put your property on the market soon, stick to neutral colours and inject colour into the room via accessories and soft furnishings.
Speak with a landscape gardener to plan how you can best make use of the garden space you have. This will finish your home off nicely and make it far more attractive to prospective buyers.
You might be considering remortgaging to fund some home improvements. If you'd like to speak to a mortgage adviser about remortgaging, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. We have access to a range of different lenders, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right mortgage to suit your needs - we'll do that for you.
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