5 easy home improvements that add value to your homePosted: November 25, 2014
In the current market there are considerable benefits to be gained from carrying out a few relatively simple home improvements, as these can add significant value to your home. Whether you decide to make aesthetic changes to the interiors or you’re in the mood for taking on a bit of straightforward construction, below are five suggestions for easy home improvements that could make a big difference to your asking price when it comes to selling.
- Build a conservatory. There are a number of factors to take into account when you’re looking at a conservatory to make sure that it will in fact add the value that you’re looking for. A single storey conservatory with a floor space of 30 square metres should not require planning permission and is exempt from building regulations. A good quality build will typically add 50% to 133% of typical costs incurred to home value.
- Change the windows and replace the front door. It’s amazing the difference small changes can make to the overall aesthetics of a property. Updating the windows – replacing rotting sash windows, adding wooden French doors, investing in bespoke windows from a supplier like Timber Windows – can really update your property and a brand new hardwood front door will make all the difference when people arrive at your home, whether it’s to visit or to view.
- Paint the house. If you want to limit your painting efforts then focus on the master bedroom, the living room and the kitchen, where a fresh coat of paint will go a long way to making the entire property feel like new. Whether you opt to go all minimum with bright whites or introduce juicy colour palettes, painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to increase your home’s aesthetic appeal – take a look at Dulux for inspiration and free testers, or if you’re looking for a professional, try the Painting & Decorating Assocation.
- Put up more mirrors. Mirrors open up rooms where there is little natural light or where space is rather cramped. Try adding a mirror to the hall, as this is one space in the home that is often small, filled with ‘stuff’ and which will really benefit from the extra aspect. Ikea is a great place to shop for mirrors, whatever your taste.
- Apply for planning permission. Applying for planning permission, even if you don’t intend to carry out the work yourself, can add significantly to the value of a property because it means that a new owner could construct something like an extension without having to go through the red tape first. This has considerable appeal for many buyers because of the time and money it can save after the hassle of a move. Visit the Planning Portal to get started on your application.