4 Ways to Add Value to Your Property
Whether you’re looking to put your house on the market or just feel like it’s long overdue an update, you’re probably thinking about ways that you can add to its overall value. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of time and money. Instead, why not take a look at our guide that will show you a few ways to give your home the makeover it deserves.
Add more space
Naturally, adding more space to your home will ultimately increase its value as long as you do it professionally and with the correct permissions. There are two ways that you can do this. One is by making use of ‘wasted space’ in your home such as your loft or basement by changing it into an area that’s more functional like an extra lounge area, bathroom or home office. Another way is to add an extension such as a conservatory or an orangery. This could add around 7 per cent to the overall value of your property.
Convert your garage into a driveway
Research has shown that approximately 90% of garages in the UK are not in use. Depending on where you live, converting your garage into a driveway could significantly increase the value of your property – up to 20%! Off-street parking is particularly sought after in urban areas where parking can be scarce and expensive. It also comes with the benefits of having less upkeep than a garage.
Update your exterior
Alongside adding an attractive driveway, more updates to your exterior can help to add value depending on what it is that you opt for. Replacing your worn out windows with new, double glazed UPVC windows are considered an essential part of the property for most prospective home buyers and could add considerable value as well as contributing to the overall aesthetic of the exterior. If you have a garden, keeping it maintained will cost very little but add to the overall ‘kerb appeal’ of your house, especially when paired with a new front door. When the time comes to sell up, little things like this will go a long way.
Let in more light
When you bought your own home, one of the main things you probably looked for when viewing each possibility was natural light. Allowing natural light into your home is important because not only does it make it brighter but it gives the illusion of more space. An easy way to encourage natural light is to opt for soft, neutral tones for your interior or to go glossy in the kitchen and bathrooms with shiny surfaces or polished floors that will reflect light. Similarly, removing dark furniture in favour of lighter shades and opting for thinner blinds or curtains can alter light levels tremendously.
Companies such as Poplar Home Improvements have the skills and experience to update your windows, doors, roof and even your garage so you can put your home on the market with confidence. We serve customers throughout Essex, Harlow, Luton, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.