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How To Increase House Value?

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What are the best ways to increase the value of your house?

From loft conversions, extending your property or adding feature walls to inexpensive soft furnishings, here are our top tips on how to increase the value and selling appeal of your property.

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What renovation increase the value of a house?

If you are good at DIY, there are several easy ways to increase the value of your house:

Please note that these are just ballpark estimates, and actual value added depends on the quality of improvement made, the location of your home and the current market conditions.  The source used for the average price for UK Property is Rightmove House Price Index.

You should get a RICS valuation done before embarking on any major improvements or at least speak to a few local estate agents in your area to gauge how much your proposed works will add.

Does loft conversion increase house value?

A loft conversion is the easiest way to add another bedroom to your property. It is not as disruptive as you might think, as most of the work can be done from outside without the hassle of having builders coming through your house.

The most important thing is to ensure that access to your loft is easy and that the conversion is in line with the rest of the house. You want the loft conversion to be a natural extension of the existing living space rather than something that has been done as an obvious afterthought.

Keep in mind that the floor joists will need to be strengthened, which will raise the floor level to some extent, so you need to ensure that your ceiling is high enough that you will still have enough room to stand up once this has been done.

Does a conservatory increase house value?

Building a conservatory will increase the living space of your property and can add to the overall value of your property. If you are considering building a conservatory, you will need to check with your local council planning department to find out whether you need to apply for planning permission.

To build a conservatory, you will need someone to lay foundations, a good bricklayer and a company to install the double glazing. You can pick up a reasonably priced second-hand conservatory from sellers on eBay or Gumtree. If you do go for this option, be fussy about which conservatory you choose to make sure that it is suitable in terms of the space you have available and the style of your house.

Having a great looking bathroom and kitchen really help add tens of thousands of pounds to value of your home
Having a great bathroom and kitchen really helps you sell your home because of high renovation costs.

Does a garage increase the value of a house?

Building a detached garage will increase a house’s value, enabling any petrolhead to store their car or bike.  Be sure to build a double garage, as it will allow for additional storage and the potential for a future man cave.

Another wonderful way to increase the value of your property is to extend it. If you have the money, a double-story extension can transform your property by adding a bedroom, a bathroom, and another living room downstairs, depending on the property size.

Make sure you always pick a builder from the Federation of Master Builders. For extension projects, you really want to find someone with reliable recommendations from satisfied customers. Ask if you can see examples of their previous work and the ‘before and after’ photographs of their completed projects. If they are happy for you to contact their previous customers, this indicates that they will do a decent job for you.

A good architect is also going to be essential for a house extension. Try to look for an architect with a positive history of successful planning applications.

Review pending and approved planning permission applications using your local council’s website. Work with your architect to validate the quote given by your chosen builder. Agree on a fixed price and set a schedule for payment tied to the work’s progress.

That way, if the builder fails to keep to the agreed timescales without having fair reasons for the delay, you are not obligated to release that part of the payment. Another option may be to ask if your architect can project manage the building work for you.

If you already have a garage that you don’t use, you can consider converting it into a living room.  This second reception room will undoubtedly add value to your home.

How can I increase the value of my house easily?

These are some suggestions that you can consider to improve the value of your home.

Declutter your home

Clear the kitchen of kettles, toasters, or other surface space clutter before viewings.

Lots of living space

Create an open-plan living space with a lounge and dining area.  Put up mirrors strategically to create a greater impression of lights and space.

De-personalise the house

De-personalise the house by removing some of your personal effects.  If you live in a city and are a proud football club fan, don’t let buyers become judgemental and, therefore, remove posters and any items referring to your affiliation.

Clean the carpets

Have your carpets freshly cleaned throughout the house. Leave pets at a friend’s house before any viewings.

Make a house a home

This is a great quote by DIY giant B&Q, and it is so true.  Make your house lovely.  Display fresh flowers around the house.  Bake fresh bread or make fresh tea on the day of viewings.

Let there be light

Fit brighter and more energy-efficient light bulbs.

Enhance the kerb appeal

Nobody likes to buy a house that needs a lot of work.  Tackle those easy jobs.  Get your driveway jet washed.  Clean the gutters

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