Adding value to your home


28/06/2016

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If you’re looking to make the move up the property ladder, it’s important to explore the different ways that you can maximise the value of your existing home. Here are some ways you can do this:

Structural defects

First things first – fix all major structural problems. Examples include:

  • Cracks to walls
  • Missing/broken roof tiles
  • Leaking roof
  • Growing damp

It’s important to fix any structural issues first before moving on to making cosmetic enhancements. Fixing these issues may be pricey, but ensuring these are taken care of is crucial in terms of adding value.

Afterwards you’ll want to fix all existing minor structural problems – whilst these don’t directly affect the value of your home, they can put potential buyers off. Fortunately they’re easy fixes. Examples include:

  • Door handles/locks that don’t work
  • Dripping taps
  • Loose tiles
  • Cracks in ceiling/plasterwork

Windows

Generally speaking, you should opt for windows that suit the age and style of your property. Don’t choose metal windows when they should be wood instead and vice versa.

Double glazed PVCu windows can add a decent amount of value to a property as well. These are easy to maintain, secure and very energy efficient.

Kitchen

Whether we’re preparing dinner, hosting dinner parties, doing homework or watching television, the kitchen is one of the important rooms in the house and is what many buyers look out for when searching for a new home, and where valuation surveyors place a great deal of importance when valuing a home. Your primary aim is to create an attractive and hygienic looking kitchen, with excellent work surfaces and easy access between its three main areas: the sink, fridge and cooker.

Ensure all equipment that’s installed is up to date, but be careful that your choices won’t be outdated in 10 years’ time.

Other kitchen features worth considering include:

  • Lighting – ensure there’s plenty of light throughout
  • Extractor hood – to remove cooking smells
  • Flooring – it should be hygienic, easy to maintain and fitted properly

Bathroom

Your bathrooms are more important than you may think. The key however is keeping things simple. You don’t need a big overhaul, but think about installing new taps, towel rails, shower heads and a glass door or screen instead of a standard curtain.

Planning permission

Applying for planning permission doesn’t mean you have to spend the money on an extension; it’s simply another way of adding value to your property. By doing this you’re taking your property to the next level. It erases any doubt in the buyer’s minds on whether the council would allow this in your home.

Kerb appeal

When selling, you need to get buyers through the front door, which means the outside of your home needs to look its finest. Consider a fresh lick of paint, cleaning the windows, unblocking the gutters and clearing the driveway.

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