Squeeze value into your home

Wanting to work your way up the property ladder to your dream home? Below are some ways to get maximum value out of your property by making changes within your current home along with a few ideas of how to make additions that are cost effective and relatively hassle free.

Declutter

This is perhaps the most simple answer of all. This is a completely free way to make your home appear larger. If you’re planning a sale, removing most of your belongings from drawers, cupboards and surfaces enables potential buyers to imagine how they could live with their belongings in the house.

Focusing on the kitchen you can clear your surfaces of little used appliances. If your cupboard space is sparse, think about hanging pots and pans from a wall rack. These make great decor focal points and solve your storage problems all in one go!

Central Heating

Updating or adding your central heating is the best way to add more value to your property. Most buyers and mortgage valuers will consider central heating essential. In an average three bedroom Victorian or Edwardian house you can get a plumber to add central heating for between £3,000 and £4,000.

You must keep in mind that when updating the central heating it’s sensible to also improve the general energy efficiency of your home. You can seal any drafts around your doors, replace any windows that aren’t double glazing and add insulation to your loft space.

Loft conversions

Adding a loft conversion is very likely to be a great investment. It could add more accommodation or storage and takes away the need for a full staircase that could take up existing space.

This is a lot more cost effective than getting an extension to your property.

You should first of all check that your loft space can be converted cost effectively and it must comply with the latest building regulations.

Replace windows

Double glazed windows can add sizeable value to your property and are considered essential by most buyers. PVCu windows are energy efficient, require next to no maintenance and can be very secure depending on design and installation.

New double glazed PVCu windows can add considerable value to a property and in the lower end of the market are considered essential by most buyers, regardless of their style or lack of it. PVCu windows require very little maintenance, are energy efficient and, depending on design and installation, can be very secure.

Remodel existing rooms

Adding new space is a guarantee to increase the value of your home however first you should consider how you can make the use of your existing space. Maximum value can be improved by upgrading public spaces such as the dining, living and kitchen areas.

Consider combining dining room and kitchen to create a kitchen-diner and other possible living areas. Prior to removing walls work out which are structural by checking the direction of the floor joists – these should always rest on structural walls.

 

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