With the current property market, now is the perfect time to upgrade and add value to your property. Some projects can be quick and simple, whilst others can be a lot more time consuming. However, there are some things to consider before tackling a renovation. The first step and the most important is to check whether planning permission is needed before you begin any kinds of home renovations to your home, this includes loft conversions, extensions, or outhouses. Once this has been confirmed, you’re good to go.
Is it time for a refresh? We’ve put together a list of 10 home improvements that will increase the value of your property:
1. Ensuring your property is structurally sound
A structurally sound property is the first step in home renovation and will be the most profitable to you in the long run. The big three people look out for when buying a property are leaky roofs, cracks in the walls and any damp. Making sure that everything is up to a good standard will make your property much more marketable.
2. Make sure your property is energy efficient
With the cost of living rapidly increasing, it’s more important now to ensure that your building is as energy efficient as possible. Upgrading to a new efficient boiler, ‘draft proofing’ your doors and windows and most importantly, maximising the opportunities to keep heat in the house through insulation. Read our most recent blog on the importance of insulation.
3. Loft conversions
According to a recent survey by Sell House Fast, a loft conversion can add £23k on average to your property. Adding an extra bedroom or more living space is a huge selling point. However, if you want to create high demand for your area, choosing to go for more bedrooms is what will add the most value to your property.
4. Adding an outhouse
An outhouse can have many purposes and can be turned into an annexe or garden office. With more and more people working from home, having a quiet place to work is becoming increasingly more popular. Having an outdoor living space can also be a great way of extra income, not only can it be privately rented with the right planning permission, but it can be used to rent out for holidays if you live in a popular tourist destination.
5. Adding a conservatory
Adding a conservatory is often cheaper and faster than your average extension, it expands your living space whilst bringing in a vast amount of natural lighting, which is very on trend right now. Another bonus is that conservatory installations rarely need planning permission.
6. Kitchen upgrades
Kitchens are the heart of the home and a place to entertain friends and family. Having a sleek modern kitchen is something a lot of people look for when buying a house, especially if they have new energy efficient appliances.
7. Restoring period features
People love a home with character, history, and a story. Old fireplaces, beams and pillars are currently very on trend and work well in contrast to a modern house. Imagine a modern house with elements of period features, such as original mouldings and architecture, which can be hard to achieve but so worth it if done well.
8. Don’t underestimate the basics
You don’t have to spend thousands to improve your home and add value. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way and it’s an easy way to make your home feel newer and brighter. Our favourite colour at the moment is ‘Bright Skies’ for your living space. An uplifting pastel blue which adds a fresh and relaxing tone to your home – It’s no wonder it won Dulux colour of the year 2022.
9. Make the most of your garden
Having a garden, be it small or spacious is a great selling point, especially in built up areas and cities. Making the most of the space you have is essential, a small patio for a seating area or well-kept grass will go a long way when selling your property.
10. Update your bathroom
Modern, sleek, and clean bathrooms are what people are looking for. Similarly to the kitchen, new and energy efficient appliances are a big selling point. However, redoing your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank, a fresh lick of paint, ensuring there is no mould, and some new tiles can make the space feel brand new.
Adding value to your home doesn’t have to cost thousands. Home upgrades can not only make your home more enjoyable for yourself but really work to increase your home’s value in the long run.
Thinking about a renovation? Bringing almost 20 years of professional experience to the table, we are confident in our ability to deliver high-quality, bespoke designs that are carefully considered to make your dream home a reality.
Whether it’s a renovation to your home or an investment property, we will work with you to provide exciting and meticulously designed modifications that enhance the original beauty of your building, while upholding the traditional skills, methods, and techniques to upgrade, repurpose and renovate historic or period properties.