Spring is an excellent time of year to make changes which will showcase your home in all its glory, whether you’re getting it on the market to sell, making it more attractive to guests or, maybe, more importantly, making your living space more enjoyable for you and your family.
If you are one of those people who is looking to make the most of this time of year and are getting your house ready for sale, then you might find it useful to know that there are several improvements you can make to your home that will add significant value.
Using our many years of Marlow Building experience, we’ve put together a list of improvements that will add value to your house without breaking the bank – because the last thing you need, when hoping to up the value, is to spend more than the amount it will increase by.
Most common home improvements
It’s commonly known that the two rooms most likely to sell a house are the kitchen and bathroom. This is why having a new kitchen or bathroom installation is a surefire way to improve your home and increase the value.
Other, slightly less costly, improvements may include the following:
- Improving the look and feel of the garden
- Having double glazing installed
- Putting in a new boiler/central heating system
- Converting the garage to make an additional room
- Adding a downstairs toilet
- Building an extension
- Converting the loft
- Resurfacing the driveway
- Knocking down walls to create more space
- Having solar panels fitted
- Adding an extra bedroom
Whenever choosing a builder to carry out any work in the home, whatever the size of the job, it’s always important to check their qualifications and find references from people who have used them before, this way, you’re likely to minimise stress and the costs involved. It’s also a good idea to consider questions to ask a builder before you meet up with them to discuss the work that needs doing.
See the Statistics
As well as looking into what kind of home improvement is likely to be most attractive to buyers, it’s also important to consider which will give you the best Return on Investment (ROI).
Online personal finance peer-to-peer lending company Zopa’s latest Home Improvement Index revealed that while the kitchen was the most popular home improvement, a less popular loft conversion would give homeowners the best value for their money with a 70% ROI.
It discovered that an extension would yield the most profit, while the highly popular painting and decorating option brought a 62% ROI, giving an additional 8% to the value of the property.
An interesting additional finding from the survey was that a majority of people adding to the value of their home were not looking to move anytime soon, which shows how vested people are in enjoying their homes for themselves.
Extensions, kitchen and bathroom upgrades by the experts
It goes without saying that the improvements to your home which will offer the biggest wow factor (not to mention bring you the most enjoyment) will be an extension or refurbishment of your kitchen or bathroom.
Here a bathroom or kitchen with all the mod cons, underfloor heating or that extra bit of space can make all the difference.
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