We all want to make the most of our property and get a good return on our investment. But with so many home-improvement options available, it can be difficult to decide where to place our time and effort.
Whether you’re about to move house and want to smarten the place up, or have just moved in and want to invest in some long term home-improvements, check out the list below for some value-boosting ideas.
First things first, it is crucial to ensure your property is structurally sound, safe, and free of issues which will cause damage or discomfort down the line. This should always be your first priority. Once these basics are covered, all further work will be easier to complete and will last longer.
Check the property over for issues like damp, cracks in walls and ceilings, poor insulation, or out-of-date electric or plumbing systems. If you feel confident fixing these issues yourself, do so right away. Or, get in touch with a professional contractor for advice.
Sometimes these bigger problems can be expensive to solve. But damp, structural issues, poor insulation, and heating will all make further renovations and home improvements more difficult (or impossible) to carry out, so it’s important to address these issues first.
Even if this is all you end up doing, solving the basic problems will add considerable value to your home.
Kitchen or Bathroom Refurbishment
The two rooms that often let a property down are the kitchen and the bathroom. A dirty, badly-maintained, ugly or out-of-date kitchen is going to bring down the value of your home. Similarly, a damp, unhygienic looking bathroom is seriously off-putting.
So if you’ve got a refurbishment in mind, these are the first rooms you should think of. And on balance, an impressive kitchen is probably worth a little more than a new bathroom.
You can splash out on a full, professional kitchen refurbishment (though bear in mind, this is going to be expensive). Or, you can isolate smaller issues and focus on these first.
In terms of mod-cons, make sure the oven, stove, plumbing, and lighting in your kitchen are functional and up-to-date. Aesthetically speaking, look into Cabinet Refinishing to turn dull, worn-out cabinets into something to be proud of. And if you can stretch to it, new flooring and bright lighting will give the room that extra warmth.
Make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated to prevent damp and mildew causing damage. A new shower head or sink taps, tiling, toilet seats or bath mats will smarten up the space no end, without needing to go all out.
Spruce Up the Garden
You don’t have to get a landscape designer in to turn an unruly garden into something that will attract potential buyers. But if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, it can be a huge selling point, so it is important to give it the TLC it deserves.
Front and back lawns can be improved by being mowed regularly, fertilized, and touched up with grass seed in sparse patches.
Fill your flower beds with plant varieties which are durable, easy-to-maintain, and regrow year-in-year-out. Keep on top of weeds and pests, and make sure to cut trees back if branches are limiting light into the garden or into the home.
Focus on the areas of the garden you can see from the windows or – if you have one – from the seating area. If you have room, it can be a great asset to add a little shed or greenhouse for garden and bike storage.
If you really want to go all out, think about adding a stand-out selling point like a water feature, a play area for children, a conservatory, or a fancy patio.
Loft or Basement Conversion
Loft and basement conversions are a great way to increase living space and add value to a home, particularly in built-up areas where extensions are less viable. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a gym, a recreation room, or an extra bedroom in a prospective property?
Converting your unused loft or basement may be easier to implement than you think, but it’s worth noting that not all spaces are suitable.
Lofts and basements with strong load-bearing walls are quicker (and therefore cheaper) to convert than those without, they need about 8ft of standing space, and ideally an option for natural light. A surveyor can advise on the suitability of your space, or you can go straight to a specialist loft conversion company for an assessment.
And there we have it! Use these ideas to get the ball rolling and get cracking on those all-important value-boosting home-improvements.