Being a homeowner is fun and exciting – there’s so much freedom! You can decorate your home however you like, plan and landscape your garden so it suits your needs and you can even choose to add a conservatory or extension onto your house.
But it’s not all fun and games as owning your house comes with it’s fair share of financial responsibility.
If you’re clever, you’ll regard your home as an investment. Making improvements to it throughout your time there and adding value to your home will make life a lot easier if you ever decided to move. If your plan is to work up the property ladder and someday land yourself your dream house, working on some home improvements is a surefire way of increasing your home’s resale value.
It goes without saying, but solving any structure damage will significantly increase the value of your home.
Fixing any underlying structural damage is the first thing you should do on your quest to raise the value of your home. Look out for structural cracks in walls, rotten joists, missing and broken roof tiles and any sagging, leaking or rotten areas. You can always call in a surveyor to help you identify areas that need fixing.
Following on from structural damage, redecorating the interior of your home is also hugely beneficial.
First impressions can make or break a deal, so introducing potential buyers to a bright, clean and tidy home is vital. While living at home, it’s a great idea to occasionally have a little tidy up of your living area. Things like repainting, fixing squeaky doors and sorting out dripping taps will help increase the value of your home.
Consider building a conservatory.
Adding a conservatory onto your home is a fantastic way of increasing the value of your property. There are so many different styles to choose from, so it’s important that you base your decision on the existing build style of your home. Adding a thoroughly modern conservatory onto a traditional styled cottage probably won’t appeal to people looking to buy.
It’s also important to consider the type of glass you use in your conservatory.
While double glazed glass is a bare minimum, you may wish to explore your options further. Make sure you think about what works with your home and lifestyle, as options such as self cleaning glass and solar control glass are available.
Speaking of glass, replacing your windows and fitting them with double glazed windows is a must.
These days it’s easy to get replacement windows if your home is fitted with single pane windows. Not only do double glazed windows prevent heat loss and subsequently lower your energy bills, they also have a whole other bunch of benefits. These benefits include: keeping you cooler in summer, reducing the amount of outside noise you hear and protecting your furnishings from UV damage. They also, of course, increase the value of your home!
Update your central heating.
I’ve written before about how updating your heating is a great way to do your bit when it comes to protecting the environment. An updated central heating system, coupled with quality double glazed windows will sufficiently heat your home and keep your energy costs low. What could be more appealing to a potential buyer?
If you don’t want a conservatory, there are other extensions that can also increase the value of your home.
The most popular extension I have seen is the kitchen extension. For families looking for their perfect home, the kitchen is a vital room. For me, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so adding an extension here is a great way of drawing in potential buyers and appealing to their family values. If a kitchen extension isn’t an option for you, converting your garage or loft into additional bedrooms will also increase the value of your home.
Keep your garden looking tip top.
First impressions really count when your house is on the market, so ensure that you stay on top of your gardening maintenance! A fresh lick of paint every now and then is a nice, easy way of maintaining a clean and tidy look. Basic maintenance like mowing the lawn, cleaning up scraggly shrubbery and sweeping falling leaves will have a massive positive effect on someone’s first impressions of your property.