Increasing the value of your house can be a long-term project. It is essential to do so that you can get the most out if when you decide to sell. Maintaining your home is also important as it will make it more hospitable, too. If you are planning to sell in the future and want to increase the value of your home, then these helpful tips are perfect for you.
Build a conservatory
If you decide to build a conservatory, it will add an extra room to your house. The best way to attach a conservatory is to find a way for it to match the rest of the house and feel like it has just been tacked onto the edge of the home. You want it to feel like a natural part of the home and for it to be an addition to your current living space. A conservatory is a great addition as it makes the house larger and can be used for a range of things from an extra sitting area or dining area. If it overlooks the garden and has good light, then it can be an invaluable extension for relaxing in at night. Having a conservatory will increase the value of your home, but an excellently built and well-linked conservatory can substantially increase the value instead. It is also a great deal cheaper than having full blow extension built onto your house.
While this might be an expensive project, it will definitely increase the value of your house. On top of this, it will be a useful space for you while you are living there. Basement conversions or extensions are known to have a poor reputation due to their cost and difficulty. However, if you hire professionals and the job is done to a high standard, then it will add both space and value to your house. Before undertaking a basement conversion, you will need to have a full structural survey of your house and your neighbors to ensure the basement conversion won’t damage anything. This means that it won’t be feasible for everyone, but if you have run out of ways to improve your house and think it could really benefit from the conversion, then it worth considering at the very least.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the loft conversion. This one of the best and easiest ways to add extra space to your home. Converting your loft into a livable space could give your house a much needed extra bedroom. Having a loft conversion won’t tamper with the style of your home either, as it fits into the existing space in the house. You will leave enough standing space in the loft, be able to strengthen the floor and add extra insulation (you don’t want the room to be too cold to live in), but a loft conversion is almost always a possibility. You might not want this to be a bedroom, but it could easily be something else, and when you sell your house, it opens up several possibilities to your buyers, too.
Repaint Your House
When you are looking to get your house valued, you want to give a great first impression. The first thing people will see when they visit your home is what it looks like on the outside. This means that if you have painted areas that have started to fade, then it is time to repaint. You will need special paint and to try and not deviate in color too much, but add new paint will help make your house look new again. The same might be true for interior walls, so check that they don’t need an extra layer of paint, too. This is a simple job that won’t take you very long, but it will make a big different the general appearance and overall value of your home. In the current real estate market, it is important that you give a good impression of your house from start to finish. People will jump to conclusions about the quality of your home from the first moment they see it, so having a decent coat of paint goes a long way to show the quality and value of your house.
Another part of your house that will help make a great first impression are your windows. This could mean that it is time either replace your old ones, replace panes or just give just make sure they are given a good clean and represent the best your house can be when you have your house valued. If you’re house still doesn’t have double glazing everywhere, then this could be a good time to get that sorted. Getting double glazing doesn’t need to interfere with the design of your home, but the added insulation will save you money on heating bills and improve the value of your house. Having your windows regularly cleaned (both inside and outside) will help keep them looking new and help them to last longer.
If your home has a garden, then you need to keep it maintained. If you let your garden grow wild or neglect it, then getting back to a good standard can be difficult. If you don’t have time to properly maintain your garden, then you could hire a gardener to come and look after it each week. However, this could be a fun project for you and an excellent garden with flowers, vegetables and a good lawn will definitely increase the value of your house. On the other hand, a poorly maintained garden will put off potential buyers and may decrease your house’s value.
Fitting new lighting is a great way to keep your house well lit at night and throughout the dark winter months. If you can add modern light switches with things like a dimmer, then it will go a long way to increasing how much your house is worth. These details can also be enjoyed while you are living there, too. It doesn’t take too much to add some of these modern switches as they can be done with your existing wiring. This could be a cheap and effective way to improve the value of your home.
When looking to buy a home, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. This means that you will want to have a high quality fitted kitchen with enough cupboard space and room for appliances. This is because it is often the centrepiece a house and used for far more than making meals. If you think that your kitchen might be a bit outdated or lacking in certain areas, then consider getting a new one and it could substantially increase the value of your home. It is also worth remembering that you will be taking your fridge, freezer and stove with you when you move house, so they are irrelevant when trying to increase how much your house is worth by renovating your kitchen.
The bathroom is the second most important room in the house after the kitchen when it comes to valuing your home. People want to a high quality bathroom, and they prefer to have both a bath and shower. This means that if you only have one or the other it could be time to go for both. However, you want to keep things simple. Bathroom storage is important, but you don’t want it to feel cluttered. Installing high-quality taps, shower head, mirror and other bathroom essentials can be another cheap way to make the room feel fresh and new, and this will only add to your properties value.
Fix Broken Things
This one is simple. If you have anything broken in your home, then get it fixed. This could be something simple such as your doorbell or more annoying such as a broken garage door. Whatever it is, your house will be worth more with it in good working order rather than its current condition. Fixing these things will also make living in your home so much easier, and once they are done, then you don’t need to worry about them anymore – unless they break again. If you have something that is continually breaking or not working correctly, then it likely you need to replace it or get a professional out for an inspection.
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If you are expecting someone over to value your house or a visit from potential buyers, then make sure your house is clean. This goes back to the point around making a good impression, and if your house is dirty and dusty, nobody is going to want to buy it. Instead, take the time to give everything a good clean and vacuum. Clean those spots you normally wouldn’t bother to, as you never know where people will want to look. If you keep your house to a good level of cleanliness in your everyday life, then this will be easier for you, and it won’t be such a big job. A clean house always outsells a messy, dirty one.