If you are thinking about selling your home in the near or distant future, you may want to consider some ways that you can increase the value of your home. Luckily, there are several options that you can choose from when trying to increase the value of your property.
In this article, we will go over some of the best and most common ways people in the UK adapt their homes to increase their value. So if this is something you’re interested in, read on to find out everything you need to know.
Convert Your Garage into a Living Space
If you’re not really making good use of your garage, it may make a lot of sense to convert it into a living space. Garage conversions can be used for all kinds of things such as an office, a playroom, a guest bedroom, or even a kitchen or living room extension. Going through with a garage conversion could add around 15% to the value of your property.
You should check if your garage is suitable for a conversion and then look into whether or not you need planning permission. A garage conversion is classed as permitted development in most cases, so you won’t need to worry about planning permission. However, you should check with your local authority just to be sure.
A garage conversion will always be subject to building regulations to make sure it is structurally sound. The work will need to be inspected for key areas such as electrics, drainage, walls, and the roof, to ensure they all comply with regulations.
Extend Your Kitchen
Another way that you can easily add value to your home is by extending your kitchen. A side return extension is a great option as this is built into a narrow alley that runs adjacent to the kitchen. Adding an extension of this kind allows you to gain valuable additional space and also means that you can improve the layout of your kitchen area. This type of work could add around 15% to the value of your home.
A single-storey side-return extension is usually classed as permitted development as long as you reach some conditions. For example, the extension must be no higher than 4 metres and no wider than half of the width of the house.
Building regulations will still apply, and the work will need to be inspected at various stages. Once the extension is complete, you’ll be given a certificate showing that the work complies with the building regulations rules.
Convert Your Loft
Another home improvement that can add a significant amount of value to the home is a loft conversion. Loft conversions are most commonly used as an additional bedroom. However, they may also be used as an office, a game room, or even a home cinema. Loft conversions can also add around 15% to the value of your home.
There are different types of loft conversions available, so it’s a good idea to do some research into which type might be best for your particular loft. Smaller loft conversions may not need planning permission. However, larger conversions that require a lot of structural changes will likely require planning permission, so it’s a good idea to check with your local authority before starting the work.
Regardless of whether or not you require planning permission, your loft conversion will have to adhere to some building regulations rules. The work will be inspected at various stages and, once complete, you will be issued with a certificate showing that the work complies with all of the relevant rules.
Add a Conservatory
If you want to feel closer to nature, a conservatory is a great option. This type of home improvement can add around 10% to the value of your home. Conservatories are great for merging the indoors with the outdoors with their large windows and glass doors.
There are many types of conservatory, so it’s a good idea to shop around so that you can find one that matches the aesthetics of your home. You can choose from different frames and various types of glass to suit your preferences.
Adding a conservatory to your home is a considered permitted development as long as you meet various building regulations conditions. The majority of conservatories are exempt from planning permission. However, it’s a good idea to check with your local authority just to be sure.
Improve Kerb Appeal
Improving the kerb appeal of your home can make a huge difference in people’s first impressions of your home. Plus, you can create an aesthetic that you can get excited to come home to. Improving the kerb appeal of your home can increase the property value by around 5-10%.
There are a few things you can do to improve the kerb appeal of your home. Below is a list of some ideas of things that you can do:
- Install a new front door
- Paint the outside of your home
- Install new windows
- Install a new driveway
- Install a new front gate
- Front lawn gardening
Spruce Up the Garden Area
If you have a garden, there are many things that you can do to help increase the value of your home. Sprucing up the garden can increase the value of your home by around 5-10%.
Keeping on top of your garden maintenance is essential to keep it looking great. There are also a few things you can add to your garden to help increase the value of your home. Installing a decking or patio area is one of the best ways to do this.
Some other things you can do is install a garden shed, install a new fence, and add some flowers and plants. Make sure you’re making good use of your garden space, regardless of how much room you have.
Install a New Bathroom
Getting a new bathroom can increase the value of your property by around 3-5%. However, it can be an expensive investment, depending on the type of fixtures and fittings that you choose.
To keep the price down, it’s best to stick to your original layout. Moving your fixtures around may require new pipework, which can significantly increase your costs. New bathroom fixtures can come in a range of styles and prices to suit your budget.
In addition to installing new fixtures and fittings to update your bathroom, you may also want to install new flooring and tiles to help spruce up the area. A lick of paint won’t hurt in wall spaces that don’t feature any tiles.
Make the Living Area Open-Plan
You can completely transform your home and save on the costs of an extension by knocking down the wall that separates the living room from your kitchen. This may be a DIY task or a job for professionals, depending on whether the wall is load-bearing. This type of work can add around 3-5% to the value of your home.
Transforming your home into an open-plan living space can bring a lot of light into the area. Plus, it can provide more space and improve the appearance of your home. In the modern-day, open-plan living is becoming more and more popular.
What do you think of these ideas? What other ideas do you have to increase the value of your homes?
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