Start at the Front
Obvious but essential, the kerb appeal of your home affects its value. However, it’s more than mowing the lawn, cleaning the windows, and potting up a few planters. Look more carefully at the structure: walls, cladding, windowsills, etc. If necessary, repoint the brickwork, repair or replace the cladding, and repaint or treat any windowsills.
Updating doors is a quick win for adding kerb value. Make sure your front door is in good condition and inviting. If you have a garage door, don’t forget to give it a good clean as this is often overlooked. Repaint or replace where necessary.
Adding a porch can add value too. This is seen as a bonus space for greeting visitors, taking delivery of parcels, and creating a separate space where the door would normally open straight into a reception room. A porch can also add an extra layer of security as well as differentiate your house from neighbouring homes. Be careful though; a porch which doesn’t add practicality or looks tacked on will not add, and may even take away from, the value.
Hold onto Heat
There are various factors to consider when making sure the heat efficiency of your house adds to the value of your home. Larger projects such as loft insulation, double glazing, a new boiler, and underfloor heating are all key desirables.
More visible heating updates, such as adding a luxurious heated towel rain or installing one of the latest modern vertical radiators, make it clear that you prioritise both the value and style of your home. For inspiration when it comes to designer radiators, you’ll find lots of towel rail radiator ideas online.
Make sure that any window improvements are in keeping with the period of the house or you may devalue your property instead.
The last couple of years have highlighted the importance of the garden as an extension of the home. Ensure that your garden is a private as possible, allowing it to be used fully and without concern for prying eyes. Boundary fences can be up to 2m tall in most cases. Use trees, hedging and trellis to create a secluded garden sanctuary.
Summer houses and garden offices are in high demand as homeowners want their gardens to work as multipurpose areas. Use decking, pergolas, and other decorative garden features to define different areas of the garden. Install bifold doors from the rear room of your house out into the garden to create an even greater connection between the two. These renovations all create an increased sense of useable living space for potential buyers.
Sort out Structural Issues
Structural issues are a red flag for any potential purchaser and can decrease the value of your home significantly. Structural cracks in walls, unstable chimneys, missing roof tiles, and rotten wood all suggest further expense and effort, as well as making a viewer wonder what other issues are hiding away.
Deal with what you can. Though these can be the most expensive projects to tackle, they are worth the time and effort if you want to retain and add value to your home.