What Home Improvements Can Increase the Value of Your Home?

Are you selling your home? Maybe you’re moving into a larger property now that your family’s grown or you’re downsizing after your kids have flown the nest. Whatever the reasons for selling, you’ll want to make sure you get the best price.

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To do this, you might need to look at changes you could make to add value to your property. You could make some cheap, simple updates or you might need to save towards a bigger outlay.

To help you increase the value of your home, here are some things that might be worth considering.

Convert your cellar

If your cellar is something of a dumping ground, now is a great opportunity to repurpose it. You could change this space into a games room or a chillout area and, unless it’s a listed building, you wouldn’t need planning permission to do it. That’s because it’s a ‘change of use’ rather than a traditional renovation.

Get an extension

An extension doesn’t have to blow the budget. By shopping around, you’ll see the return on your investment in the price you get for your home.

You might need planning permission for this update, although this depends on the type of extension you have in mind. If you’re adding a side return extension, for example, you might be able to go ahead with the build because this is a permitted development.

Even if you do need to get planning permission first, by making the kitchen slightly bigger or extending the living room, you’re likely to boost the value of your home, making it worthwhile in the long run.

How much more you could make depends on factors such as where you’re located and how much room is added by the introduction of the extension.

Tidy up the garden

Whether you’re keeping on top of the flower beds or investing in fences, making outdoor areas look tidy can make your home more appealing to prospective buyers. In fact, in recent years, outdoor space has gone from being a ‘nice to have’ to a must-have. Gardens and yardens soared to the top of the essentials list in 2020 and they remain popular today.

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Update the bathroom

Adding a brand-new bathroom suite can be an asset when you’re selling your home. If it’s been a while since you last invested in your bathroom, now is the perfect opportunity to go for it.

This doesn’t have to be expensive. Shop around the suppliers and get some quotes from tradespeople to see what fits your budget.

Update your fireplace

Something that sounds like so an easy change can add a great amount of value to your home. If you’re happy to put the effort in and get your fireplace renovated and looking brand new, then you could add some serious value onto your home with such a simple change. The investment of a new log burner or fire will really improve the overall aesthetics of your home as well!

What changes are you thinking of making to your property before you sell?