How to Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, these home improvements could help to boost the selling price

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If you are thinking of selling your home, you are sure to want to get the best possible price for your home. So it’s important to work out which changes will help to add the most value to your property.

If your house needs a lot of work, this might mean a full renovation. But there are also some fairly quick fixes that can boost the value of your home.

So here are a few home improvements you can use to add value to your home.

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Rethink your wardrobes

A simple way to add value is to add built-in wardrobes into the bedrooms. These are a clever way to use existing alcoves and walls to provide much-needed additional storage. They’re particularly useful in rooms which have limited floor space. 

And you can use the design of the wardrobes to add some extra impact to the rooms as well. For instance, these mirrored wardrobes from Hammonds would help to reflect light back into the room, which gives the illusion of more space.

Convert your garage

For many of us, the garage ends up being a dumping ground rather than adding value to the house. So now is a great time to clear it out and turn it into an extra room.

Before you begin, it’s important to check with your local council that you can go ahead with the renovation. You’ll also need to see if you need to apply for planning permission. In most cases, this type of renovation can go ahead as a  ‘permitted development’, but it’s worth double checking with your local authority just in case. 

From there, you can draw up your conversion plans and work out what you’ll need to do to turn it into a room. 

Build an extension

Adding an extension to your home may sound expensive, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. And when you decide that it’s time to move, you should see the return on your investment in the selling price.

Again, you might need planning permission for this, depending on the type of extension you have in mind. So it’s important to get an architect to draw up the plans and check with your local authority to see if you do need planning permission.

Creating a more spacious kitchen or adding an extra bedroom is likely to boost the value of your home. The exact amount of the increase will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your location and how much extra room the extension adds. 

Add a Conservatory

If building an extension is out of your budget, then why not add a conservatory instead?

This is a great way to create a larger kitchen or add an extra living space to your home. It really taps into the current popularity of outdoor living, and allows you to enjoy your garden for more of the year.

Adding a conservatory can cost less and take less time than building a full extension, but with a lot of the benefits. And in most cases, you won’t need to get planning permission for this kind of work. But do check with your local authority, just to be sure!

Click here for more information on adding a conservatory to your home

Update the bathroom and kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so adding a brand-new bathroom suite or kitchen can really help to boost your property’s value. 

If your kitchen is looking tired or your bathroom is a bit old-fashioned, updating them can really refresh your home. It may cause disruption in the short term, but you’ll see the benefit when it’s time to sell. 

Even better, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make a difference in these rooms. Shopping around can help you to find the best prices on new kitchens and bathrooms. But if that is outside your budget, renovating your existing kitchen or bathroom can still make it look more up to date.

Remodel your garden

We’re all spending more time at home these days, and the trend for outdoor living means that gardens are no longer an afterthought. So if yours is looking a bit overgrown, remodelling your garden can add value to your home.

Adding new decking or a summer house can transform your garden into a luxurious space that’s perfect for relaxation and outdoor dining. If you’re green-fingered you could do the work yourself or alternatively you could hire a landscape gardener.

Click here for ideas for transforming your garden

So before you put your house on the market, why not try one of these tips and see how much you can add to the value of your home?