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Published on : August 19, 2021 12:45

Top tips to adding value to your home

There are many ways to adding value to your home and we have looked at Edward Mellor’s 10 home improvements that we believe will boost the appeal of your home for prospective buyers as well possibly increasing the value too.

  1. Does your home have a cellar? Is the cellar in good condition? Why not look to getting it converted into a usable space like a gym, workspace, or even into a party room.
  2. Is your garage a garage that just seems to collect ‘items’ that are no longer used within your home? Why not convert the garage into an additional living space a guest bedroom, a playroom for the children, office space, or an additional living room.
  3. Converting loft space into an additional bedroom with a dorma, Juliette balcony and en-suite can potentially add a further 20% to the value of your home.
  4. Adding a conservatory is a matter of design tastes, but it can add around 7% in value to your home, though the true level of value it adds will greatly depend on how well your conservatory fits in with your property surroundings.
  5. Adding an extension can be costly and can take some time to be completed and you need to choose a good reputable builder to complete the work. Without planning or neighbour permission, extensions on a terraced or semi-detached residential property must be no taller than 4 metrer in height, no longer than 3 metres, and must be single storey. Read our blog  Do I need planning permissions for additional building works.
  6. Do you have a large garden that you could add a garden office or summer house? Great uses can be made of additional space and with many people now working from home, garden offices are a popular choice. A garden office/summerhouse is estimated to add around 5% value to your home. There are many popular garden trends too that you can add to your garden to give it a completely different look and feel. Read our blog about Popular garden trends.
  7. If you are adding an extension to your property think about adding bi-folding doors too. The doors will add more natural light into your home making it feel even more spacious. Bi-folding doors also take up less space than other doors such as French doors or sliding patio doors. Up to 50% of the space surrounding traditional style doors can be wasted, bi-fold doors, however, take up around 10% of space.
  8. The most sociable part of the home is the kitchen, people cook, eat, and entertain in the kitchen, and usually, the kitchen then leads into the garden. There are lots of ways you can create a WOW factor kitchen from including casual seating, keeping it cozy, having a central island with seating, and making the kitchen a room with a view especially if you have bi-folding doors out the garden!
  9. Bathrooms need to be light, fresh, and airy keeping colour choices light and bright. Our advice would be if you have more than one bathroom make sure that at least one of the bathrooms has a bath. So many properties have had their baths removed which can sometimes make it not such a desirable property to buy! Add tiles to walls as well as floors as this will keep the bathroom hygienic. Mirrors and lighting will add to the ambiance of the bathroom.
  10. Redesign your garden, is the garden overgrown, does it need trees cutting back and new plants. A complete redesign will not only make it look desirable to prospective buyers but will certainly add value. Can you reduce the size of your lawn and think about paving but think about the style of paving your would have. This will then give further options for garden future, planting pots, and allow for larger dining space.

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