Renovating to add value – some further key considerations

A little while ago, here on this blog, we flagged up some renovation priorities and issues to review and consider in order to add vital living enjoyment and selling value to your home, compliments of the excellent www.homebuilding.co.uk

We at Mint offer a full home renovation, extension, remodelling and refurbishment service and understand that there are so many opportunities to get more from your home day to day and to also add specific and definite value to the all important sales price you can achieve when you do perhaps eventually decide to move on to a new property.

better space

It is sound what the Homebuilding team say and it is something we often discuss with potential clients. Prior to thinking about extending your home, it is so often is worth considering the fact that you may be able to get the better quality living space you desire and also add to that vital selling value by improving the main living spaces you already have opposed to adding new space.

floor-plan 

Draw up a simple floor plan of the existing layout. Play around adding and removing walls to achieve the optimum layout. Think about making use of circulation space such as halls and corridors that may not be needed in a home suited to less formal lifestyles – that will help you see the way forward so to speak.

multi-functional

Of course, think about combining dining room and kitchen to create a dining kitchen and other potential multi-functional living spaces. As the Homebuilding team point out fewer but larger rooms with clear sight lines will make a house seem larger, especially if the flooring and wall finishes continue throughout.

inexpensive

Adding new stud walls to divide existing space is relatively straightforward and inexpensive, but remember to add acoustic insulation. Also if Structural walls are involved you may need advice and guidance from a structural engineer.

modest investment

Very often, kitchen renovations can be carried out for a modest investment. An attractive, clean and sociable kitchen is essential both to buyers and the Housing market. Before replacing an entire kitchen, consider the fundamentals such as its shape and position and decide if you need to make any structural changes to the space, or even  if you want to relocate it elsewhere.

‘add a bedroom’

Another way to add that vital value to your home is all about the number of bedrooms in a property, and so adding bedrooms will usually add to the sale price, (although as any Estate Agent would say – there is a ceiling value for every street and so at some point the additional cost can  ceases to bring the require the hoped for pricing return.

existing space division

Says Homebuilding:- Extra bedrooms can be created by dividing up existing space by removing and adding walls, by converting the roof space, or by extending. Re-using existing space is most cost effective but only likely to be an option in the older home which has larger bedrooms. Make sure you create a balance between bedrooms and the number of bathrooms a ratio of one to three is a minimum.

a re-furbing ‘must

Finally quality, energy saving windows are so often ‘a re-furbing must’ and are a proper ‘earner’ to the overall price of most houses. Double-glazing is considered ‘an essential’ by most buyers and adding such will increase the value of your property. Where old windows need replacing, they should be replaced like-for-like although it will be necessary for them to be double glazed to meet the current building regulations, unless the building is listed or in a Conservation Area. 

low maintenance

For most listed buildings, plastic windows are not acceptable to English Heritage. Timber windows can also be low maintenance, either stained hardwood (not a good look for a period style house though), or timber coated with an external layer of PVC, vinyl or aluminium.

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email info@mintbuilders.co.uk