How to Add Value to Your Home in 2016
The property ladder is always highly competitive and it can be tough to make yourself stand out. Sometimes you will need to take measures to make your current property more desirable for prospective buyers.
That’s why this month we’re looking at some of the ways you can boost the value of your property so you can start thinking about that dream home instead of feeling stuck where you are.
Deal with repairs
One of the best ways to boost the appeal of your home to prospective buyers is to finally get round to fixing up any unsightly damage, whether it’s structural or purely cosmetic. If a viewer notices that the house needs a lot of work doing to it once they’re moved in, they will be much less likely to put in an acceptable offer – or put an offer in at all. You might have gotten used to living with some faults or problems, but a fresh pair of eyes will spot damage and repair work right away, and they probably won’t be willing to adopt it from you.
A loft conversion can be a cost effective way of boosting the value of your property, and depending on the type and scale of the conversion, can be largely hass-free to attain. A loft conversion takes advantage of existing space, which is often wasted, and turns it into a valuable asset. You can add a new bedroom, an office, a playroom, a bathroom or just about any room you can think of.
Even converting the space so it is ready to be turned into a room of choice will appeal to buyers; they get more out of seeing what could be done with the interior space of your home than what has already been done. Converting your loft into a versatile space, with room and infrastructure in place to accommodate for a future owner’s tastes, will definitely bring greater appeal to your property as it opens up opportunity to buyers while demonstrating that your home is spacious and up to date.
Cosmetics and decluttering
As we said above, buyers will look around your home with their future life in mind, so you should appeal to that as much as possible. Try to look at each room in your home as if you were seeing it for the first time, and remove anything that is unnecessary or too distracting. Shelves filled with ornaments and walls covered in artwork and photographs might make your house feel like a home to you, but it blocks a buyer’s ability to mentally furnish the space with their own tastes and ideas.
It’s smart to redecorate and aim for a more neutral theme around the house. Clean, bold colours and straight lines, perhaps a more contemporary feel to show off the available space as much as possible. This is a simple and cheap way of boosting the appeal of your property and you may very well be surprised by how effective it can be.
If you’ve yet to update your property’s heating system, now is the best time to do so. Adding a quality central heating system will modernise your home dramatically, and many valuers and buyers will see it as a necessity. If your water tank is still in the loft, you can take the opportunity to replace it with a combi or system boiler, which will open up even more space in the loft. Regular quick access to heat and hot water is essential, and an outdated heating system will put many people off, so it is definitely worth focusing on.
Look at your home with any eye towards modernisation. The kitchen and bathroom are especially important here; modernising them as much as you can will make life much more convenient for future owners – and for you until you leave!
Updated lighting can be a simple way to add value and generally improve the aesthetic appeal of your home. LED bulbs can help save money in electric bills, and dimmer switches adds convenience and control to create a much more modern atmosphere.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on an entirely new kitchen or bathroom, just focus on aspects which are more outdated or in desperate need of change.
Your garage, too, may need some attention. Update your garage door and make sure the wiring is up to scratch, and think about converting if you desire. If not, work on making the garage more appealing to buyers, so they have more to work with in the future.
NK Lofts have years of experience when it comes to helping you find the ideal loft conversion. We are with you every step of the way, from initial plans and designs to plumbing and electrics, with our expert team ensuring a high standard of customer service at all times. For an efficient, professional conversion service, don’t hesitate to contact us today – our friendly team are always happy to help.