Whether you’re looking to add space to your growing home or just seeking a change of environment, one thing on many a homeowner’s to-do list is to carry out dream property renovations.
Not only can you make your house feel that much more personal, but renovation also typically comes with the bonus of adding value to your house, which can be a nice perk for if and when the time eventually comes to sell.
When it comes to boosting the value of a home, there are a variety of different things you can do. Some are quick fixes while some are naturally more time-consuming than others, which is why we’ve included a wide range of projects you can look into that are sure to up your home’s valuation and give your property a new lease of life.
Lofts and basements are useful, but if you find yours isn’t particularly well used, then it might be time to consider transforming one or the other into a new room.
A converted loft or basement is often the simplest route to adding an extra living room, bedroom, and even an ensuite bathroom to your space, both of which will go a long way to increasing the value of a home due to their sought-after nature.
Be aware, however, that when carrying out this type of renovation, there are a few important areas to consider. This includes ensuring all loft floors are properly reinforced to account for the additional weight and making the loft readily accessible. As for your basement, sealing drafts, repairing the stairs, and strengthening walls are all important steps to take.
Regardless of which of these options you choose, something such as a converted loft space can add an extra 20% to the value of your home, according to data from Nationwide, which can be increased even more with additions such as a Juliet balcony or frameless glass balustrade.
Perhaps the most common addition if you’re looking to add value to your home, extensions of any kind are a sure-fire way of increasing the base price of a property.
But whether you’re comparing flat roof extension ideas for a new living space or kitchen, or planning an orangery extension to let more light into your home, you need to bear in mind how it will fit into the flow of your existing floorplan, as well as how it connects with the rest of your home.
Adding a new room is often as simple as building the space and then installing a new interior door. However, with conservatories, or new rooms facing out into the garden, you might want to consider a set of sliding or bi-folding doors. Not only do these bring an added wow factor, but they will only increase the new space’s value further.
In fact, if you’re so inclined, a set of folding or sliding doors can work wonders as an interior connector as well, allowing the old and new room to be effortlessly joined while leaving the space entirely open plan.
While not a direct extension, improving what is essentially the heart of any home is going to instantly catch the eye of any interested buyers.
But for this redesign to properly add value to your home, it’s important to make your new kitchen practical yet stylish. So, if you’re looking to redo the layout, we recommend seeking the assistance of a kitchen expert so you can get it just right.
When it comes to knowing what adds value to a house, there are few things more important than a sparkling and well-plumbed bathroom.
Fortunately, unless you’ve got a ‘tasteful’ 70s-style avocado bathroom, you probably won’t need to do a huge number of renovations. Instead, simple changes like updating taps, installing a new shower head, and getting rid of that worn-out shower curtain might be all you need to consider to vastly improve the value of this room.
Of course, if you do want to make a big project of it, changing out the tiling for a light, neutral, or brick style décor, and installing some underfloor heating will effortlessly stand the test of time.
There’s nothing quite like opening up your home to the outdoors – especially in summer! And if you’re bored of French doors, then we have an excellent alternative for you.
As we’ve mentioned previously, for those looking at how to increase the value of a house, you can’t go wrong with a flashy new set of slimline sliding or bi-folding doors. Easy to install, especially with Express, and welcoming in a much greater volume of natural light, you can immediately connect the indoors with the outside.
Kitchen or living spaces that lead to the outdoors also help create a sense of flexibility in your home and offer a wide range of options for entertaining guests all year round!
If you live in or own an older property, you probably know all too well that things creak a little more than they should, and you can no doubt definitely think of a few areas you’d like to rejuvenate.
Most potential buyers will be looking out for these little faults, possibly as excuses not to buy, so if you haven’t done so already, it might be a good idea to install a new, energy-efficient central heating system and update electrical and plumbing systems to really up the value.
You could also consider updating the property with new windows and a fresh front door if planning permission allows, but you need to be sure that these new installations match the current aesthetic of the home, especially if it’s traditionally styled.
It’s important to remember that, before any cosmetic improvements are made to the home, you should ensure all outstanding structural issues are addressed.
This includes mending leaking roofs or broken tiles, attending to any persistent damp or mould problems, and rectifying any unsafe flooring.
If you’re in any doubt at all about how to deal with these problem areas, it’s always a good idea to consult a reputable tradesperson for their personal opinion and assistance.
The above points are just some of the major projects you could undertake if you’re looking at how to increase your home’s value. However, if you’re not particularly fond of the idea of a total renovation, the following are a couple of simple ideas for how to make your home more appealing.
You really don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your garden looking in tip-top condition. By taking inspiration from magazines or Pinterest, you’ll soon have a basket full of traditional and modern garden ideas to get started with.
With that being said, it’s important to remember that, when it comes to selling, if you’re target buyer is a family, then they’ll usually be looking for a garden that’s stylish, but also child friendly.
It goes without saying that, for many, some areas of the home will be in need of a little bit of a pick-me-up, so giving your walls a new lick of paint will undoubtedly make all your rooms feel more welcoming and pleasant to spend time in.
Besides walls, another relatively quick and easy repaint job can be done to your kitchen units, while old wooden doors can be sanded down and painted to create a fresh new look in the heart of the home.
Before you clean your brush though, consider repainting the front door as well. First impressions can boost a buyer’s eagerness for your home, even before they step through the door. You can read more about how to do this in our article on how to update your front door.
But redecorating also goes much further than all this. It gives you a chance to add some real personality to your home through your preferred décor, style, and aesthetic choices. Just remember that when the time comes to show potential buyers around, whether or not they like it will be down to their own personal preferences
Naturally, if you are planning on making renovations to your home soon, you’re going to want a reputable company to help you with the installation of new doors and windows. Fortunately, here at Express, we specialise in creating bespoke products that are tailor-made to our customer’s homes.
Get in touch today to find out how our expert manufacturing team could help you, or visit one of our showrooms to see our full product range. And don’t forget to visit our blog for more articles like this one.