If you’re thinking of selling your home over the next year or so, it’s smart to look for ways to increase the value of the property. There’s all sorts of advice on popular trends and unusual tips out there for boosting value but when it really comes down to it you need to think beyond what is in fashion and look at what makes a real difference in the long term. There are some home improvements that never go out of fashion and will always make your home worth more. Here are five of the best ways to increase the value of your property.
Going to the basics, think about the first thing everyone asks about a home – the number of bedrooms. And probably the best way to add a bedroom without having to deal with actually extending the property is through a loft conversion. Most lofts are completely underused spaces that will actually be much better utilised as another bedroom.
A good loft conversion feels like a natural part of the house rather than just a tacked on room. You’ll need to make sure that there is good access available and it is also likely that you will need to reinforce the structure of the room to ensure it can hold the extra weight.
But assuming you can do all of this, a loft conversion is a very cost effective way to add a lot of value to your home. Just look at the difference in price between a three-bedroom and a four-bedroom house in your area. You will almost certainly find that any cost incurred by adding the bedroom would be made back when you sell the property.
Pave the front garden
This may depend on whereabouts you live, but if you are based somewhere that parking spaces are at a premium you need to think about getting rid of your front garden and putting in a driveway.
You will certainly need planning permission to lower the curb but these are often easier to obtain than other sorts of permission. You will find the difference in adding a guaranteed parking space is considerable.
Makeover the kitchen
One of the first things that any perspective buyer will look at in your home is the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and a good quality kitchen can add considerable value to a property. Alternatively, a bad kitchen stands out as a real problem to many buyers and it will be a deal breaker for some families who won’t be able to get beyond the poor state of the most important room in the house.
Changes to the kitchen can actually be cheaper than you imagine. Putting in a stylish new sink and upgrading the countertops and cupboards is relatively inexpensive compared to the value that is gained from having a beautiful kitchen.
Improve your garage
Many garages are simply filled with clutter and junk that you never use – this is not attractive to a potential buyer. As well as being a guaranteed parking space which will add considerable value to a home, a good looking garage adds aesthetic appeal to a home. Get rid of the junk and consider upgrading the interior and exterior. New garage doors can make it look fantastic, and with a range of different styles and options available it can blend in with the look of your property.
Change to neutral colours
You might think that the colour scheme of your house is beautiful, but buyers might not be so keen. And the last thing that you want is for someone to be put off buying by something as simple as the colour of the interior of your home.
The people looking at your property want to be able to visualise what it will become, not be distracted by what you have in place already. It’s worth redecorating the house in a neutral colour like magnolia.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working together with bespoke garage door installation specialists Wessex Garage Doors, who were consulted over this post.