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To renovate your home, or not to renovate it? That is the question. This question becomes even more important when you’re thinking about putting your home on the market.
If you’re looking at putting extra value onto your home so that you can upgrade and climb higher on the property ladder, then you will want to make some changes to the home that you are currently in.
But what changes can you make to your home to really ensure that it is worth lots more than you paid for it?
In this article, we’ll suggest some of the home renovation ideas that could really add value to your home.
Convert Your Cellar
One of the biggest ways of adding up to 30% onto the value of your home is to convert your cellar. This could buy you at least one additional room, maybe more.
Your cellar could be used for anything from an open plan kitchen and dining area through to a games room or even an additional bedroom.
Make sure you install adequate escape routes to your cellar once you have converted it.
Convert Your Attic
Another major investment could be to have your attic converted into an additional bedroom. If your attic is big enough, you may be able to fit an en-suite bathroom up there too which would really enhance the value of the property by as much as 15%.
Renovate Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub of the home. It is where you cook and very often where families gather together. As one of the most important rooms, it needs to look good, have a comfortable feeling about it, and be fit for the purpose of cooking.
Make sure that there is plenty of storage in your kitchen as the modern family tends to do big shops meaning more food needs to be stored. In an older property, there may not be space so look for space-saving units that allow you to store much more.
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Convert Your Garage Into A Living Space
If you want to add on as much as 15% onto the value of your home, you could convert your garage into a living space. This could either be a lounge or a bedroom depending on whereabouts in relation to the rest of the home your garage is.
Add a Conservatory
One of the more traditional ways of adding value to your home would be to have a conservatory fitted. A conservatory makes for a bright and airy living space, often used for relaxing in, some people may use it as the perfect place to work from home.
A conservatory could add you a total of 10% onto the value of your property.
Add Kerb Appeal With Exterior Renovation
The first thing that potential buyers will see when they visit your home for the first time will be the exterior of the property and the garden. First impressions can only be made once, and the opinion someone forms within the first few minutes of arriving at your home could make or break the sale. With this in mind, it is essential that you consider the exterior of your property and invest some time and effort into making sure that it looks the best that it can.
This means replacing windows and doors that don’t look as good as they should. You may want to give the walls of the house a coat of paint, or it may need recladding.
Replace any broken or missing roof tiles and make sure that your guttering is clean and clear of debris.
Finally, turn your attention to your garden. If you have a lawn, make sure that this is neat and straight and that it is cut short. Invest in landscaping your garden and use a mixture of trees and plants to give it some character.
Fit Out a New Bathroom
Bathrooms are an important part of the home. Over a long period of time, they take quite a bit of stick and can start to look lacklustre very rapidly. Replacing your bathroom will improve the look of the home.
Bathroom suites can be very personal, and one person’s taste may not be the same as another person. Make sure you get a white or neutral coloured bathroom suite that is neither too modern nor too traditional.
Make the Living Area Open Plan
Space sells and if you can make your living areas bigger by knocking through into other rooms you should. Think about knocking your living room into your kitchen or dining area to creat one large room. Having an open plan living area will not only create the impression of space, but it will also create a better area to socialize in.
Create the Illusion of Space
As previously mentioned, space sells. You’ll want your home to appear as large as possible. One way that you can do this is by painting all of the walls and ceilings white. Then, try and bring in as much natural light as possible. The brighter your home, the more spacious it will seem.
Install a New Heating System
If you have an old heating system, it won’t be very efficient. A homebuyer may look an old boiler as being a problem. Not only will the heating bills be quite expensive, but there will be a good chance that parts will break and need replacing soon.
Installing a new heating system will ensure that the home is energy efficient which is also better for your carbon footprint.
Rewire the House
Older properties may have outdated wiring that wasn’t designed for the type of usage that our modern lives put on them. With more devices running at any one time than ever it is important that you have a wiring installation that can handle the pressure. Having your wiring modernized and additional sockets installed will help your property sell and add value to it.