15th March 2018
Adding value to your home is something every home owner desires, but this can sometimes be easier said than done. Home improvement projects can be costly, and not always yield the results desired when it comes to the actual value of your home. Here are some suggestions for the best projects to get a decent return on your investment.
Repair structural defects - This can be one of the most expensive projects to undertake on your home, but if you do have any structural defects it is absolutely essential you address them. Many sellers make the mistake of focusing on decorating before the basics. It may be a good idea to seek the advice of a surveyor to get an expert opinion on any defects. Things to look out for include the functioning of the roof and guttering, the ceilings and walls for signs of damp or cracks, and the plumbing.
New windows - Windows can have a big effect on the first impression of your home, so ensuring they fit in with the style of your home is essential.
Pay attention to your garden - Gardens are usually high up on the potential buyer's list, so it makes sense to present it in the best way possible. Clearing general clutter, weeding, cutting the grass, planting flowers etc. will all improve the look of your garden, and depending on the size of your garden, you could consider installing some decking. Glass doors leading onto your garden can really open it up.
Loft extension - This can be one of the most valuable projects you complete, considering the extra space it will add to your home. You could add an extra bedroom or bathroom, so even though the project will be costly, it will be worth it. If possible, you could even consider extending into your basement. Studies have shown these types of projects can add on average 21% onto the value of a home.