Extend, refurbish and improve – and increase your home’s value


The right improvement carried out in the right way…. at the right time can almost always offers real opportunities to increase the value of any home – including yours, of course!

Following on from the previous report here on this blog from NAEA Propertymark on recent home improvement ‘spend’ over recent years, here, scheduled below are certain further thoughts on varied key improvement tips to increase the value of any home.

1. Redecorate

Giving your home a lick of paint and doing some general maintenance can be done at a very low cost. Fresh paint in modern colours goes a long way to give your home a new lease of life.

2. Kitchen makeover

Kitchens are usually the focus of a house for many buyers. Painting units or replacing cupboard handles or doors are a cheaper way of refreshing a kitchen

3. Adding/updating a bathroom

A bathroom which looks fresh and clean is always an appealing feature. Options include re-grouting, eliminating lime-scale and replacing taps. Walls can be painted a neutral shade, and ideally replace a shower curtain with a new one, or a simple glass screen

4. Garden appeal

An attractive, tidy and well-designed garden can add a great deal of value to a home. To help it feel like an extra space for entertaining and relaxing, it is essential to trim borders, clear pathways and prune any overgrown trees or bushes

5. Double glazed windows

Noisy roads can impact the value of a property. Double glazing will keep the home warm, while diminishing traffic noise, even if a home is near a main road.

6. Opening up space

Combining the kitchen and dining areas into one large room helps create a sociable space, for the family and visitors to enjoy. NAEA Propertymark warns, however, that some buyers still prefer a separate ‘front room’ that can be used for special occasions, or privacy for adults.

7. Replace doors

Put simply, first impressions count, and the front door of your home can tell potential buyers much about the remainder of the property. If you cannot afford to replace the front door, make sure it looks new by giving it a power wash, or a fresh coat of paint.

8. Consider an extension

An extension, if planned carefully with some appropriate professional help, can offer the best potential increase in the value of most homes. Expanding the house upwards, outwards into the garden or linking from the side or the rear of a property offers home-owners vital extra space for use in all kinds of ways including meeting ongoing growing family needs and storage. But remember you may well need get that all important planning permission as required first.

9. Be energy efficient

Fitting your home with energy efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to knock down the cost of bills. Why not read the uSwitch ‘Energy-saving Guide’ for loads of useful tips

10. Create a driveway

In some parts of the country, the ability to park vehicles close to your front door comes at a huge premium and, therefore, if you have space to include this practical feature, you are sure to increase value

Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full extension development and finishing service to add value to your home.

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