If you are even considering selling your home at some point in the future, then you may want to consider investing some money into it now. As well as cosmetic improvements, there are plenty of structural faults that you could address. Here are a few suggestions that you could consider to add value to your home.
Fix Any Structural Issues
Before you even begin to consider making cosmetic improvements, you need to fix any major structural problems that your property may have. Things such as a leaking roof, broken roof tiles, cracks in the walls, rising damp, or an insect infestation all need to be fixed, not only for your future buyers but for your own comfort and safety too. They can be quite pricey but are absolutely essential if you want to add some real value to your home. You may want to contact Chartered Surveyors if you are unsure whether any damage to your home is structural or cosmetic.
Fix Cosmetic Defects
Small cosmetic defects rarely decrease any actual value from your home but can stop it from selling at a higher price, if they’re not addressed. Dripping taps, cracked plasterwork, and squeaky doors may seem fairly unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re certainly going to be used against you when it comes to haggling with the price of your home.
Converting your loft into a bedroom can increase the value of your home by a fair amount, up to 15% in fact, if you add an ensuite bathroom. Many lofts can be converted, but it isn’t a simple task and needs a lot of designing and planning. You also need to find space to add in a staircase, so ensure you contact a professional, such as a builder or an architect, for some advice for your plans.
Improve & Renovate Existing Rooms
Although adding new rooms can certainly add a lot of value to your property, you need to ensure you give your existing rooms some care and attention too. Although not every room may need a full renovation, there is no harm in updating and freshening up rooms like your kitchen and bathroom. Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, so if you want your house to sell for top dollar, you need to ensure that it’s looking fresh and stylish, rather than shabby and run down. Simply adding some new side boards to your kitchen can give it a whole new look and feel, and really help to update the room. Adding a lick of paint and new light fittings is often enough to improve most rooms, so like with your cosmetic defects, you don’t necessarily need to make massive changes to ensure you secure your property’s true value.
You don’t have to pay out massive amounts of money on your home, but little investments here and there will be necessary to sell your home at its highest possible value. Like with any project, planning is key here, so ensure that you know what you’re doing before spending any money.