If you want to work your way up the property ladder and eventually buy your dream home, you need to work out how to maximise the value of your current property. Even if you’re planning on staying in your existing home for the foreseeable future it is still a sensible idea to figure out how to maximise your home, perhaps as your family grows, and add value in terms of space, comfort and design.
To help you decipher the best way to improve your home we have listed our top five home improvement recommendations that, with the right help, don’t require a lengthy time-frame to implement.
1. A new kitchen
Many believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and they’re right! People tend to not only use the kitchen for cooking, but also as a living, working and entertaining space. Because of this, the majority of buyers will be looking for an attractive, well designed, hygienic looking kitchen which is not completely cut off from the rest off the house.
Before buying a new kitchen, firstly look at the shape and layout of the original space. Could you move anything to make space appear larger or make the flow of the house more appealing? You could even consider relocating the kitchen to a completely different room if you believe it would work better for you. If you’re struggling to picture the new space, contact one of our team so we can guide your decision and draw up your ideal kitchen.
After deciding on a layout, think décor, what style do you want to achieve? You could go contemporary, traditional, country/ farmhouse, art deco or simplistic and sleek. We simply suggest that whatever you decide, make sure it complements the rest of the house, otherwise you may find yourself wanted to re-do every single room to match the kitchen. If you want to appeal to buyers, don’t be too bold in your design, keep it clean and simple and then add features such as a jazzy oven splashback or a marble worktop if there’s room in the budget. Make sure there is plenty of storage and everything is painted and fitted to a high spec – viewers will be sure to nit-pick if there is something wrong.
2. Swapping the garage for living space
Some garages are rarely used for car storage and more likely to be used as a dumping area for old clothes, toys, bikes and kitchen appliances. Why not utilise this space properly by turning it into additional living space or even a separate living quarters if the garage is large enough?
If it is a free-standing garage you may need to apply for planning permission however in most cases a garage conversion will fall under permitted development. Ideally, you would want to make the garage conversion look like part of the house, instead of a separate area. This is something you can work on with our in-house designers and architects. Once completed a garage conversion can add an additional 10% of value to your home.
3. Updating the bathroom
The bathroom is often the most neglected and overlooked space in the home as many people choose to spend their money elsewhere. However, the fact is a modern bathroom can add up to 5% of value to your property and will not take copious amounts of time to install. People today see the bathroom as a place for relaxation and rejuvenation and often escape there to have 20 minutes of zen time relaxing in a hot bubble bath. Adding features such as a walk-in shower, freestanding bath and built-in stylish cabinets can help the space to feel large and luxurious. But before ordering anything, get some inspiration and choose your décor theme and colours. This will help to narrow down the different types of floorings and fixtures and fittings that will complete your theme. Soft and warm tones will help to create a relaxing atmosphere whilst wall and shower tiles, mirrors and accessories can bring some design and texture. Our team can help you to completely re-design an existing bathroom or can even build an extra bathroom or en-suite if you have space. We also specialise in accessible bathrooms and wet rooms.
4. Remodel existing space
As previously mentioned, it is important to analyse the layout of a space before starting work. Sometimes the most added value can come from remodelling your home to create larger/ lighter areas. Take where you live into consideration as well, in the countryside you may want to think of smart ways to bring the outside in and create a flow from the house into the garden. In the city, you will want to direct attention away from busy roads and neighbours. Creating a better layout will improve:
- Traffic flow
- Sociability and Communication
- Natural Light
- Flexibility/ multifunctionality
- House value
- Parental control (easier to watch children)
5. A loft conversion
If you have plenty of living space downstairs but lack space and bedrooms upstairs, consider a loft conversion to bring your house into proportion. Lofts with a minimum head height of 2.3m are usually seen as fit to convert however there can be other obstacles, so the area will need to be reviewed by a professional before you can consider this as an option.
Once work is approved the extra space can add considerable value to your property, 21% additional value in fact – that’s around £50,000 for the average UK home. The extra space can be used as an additional bedroom and en-suite, an office or even a gym or games room. The added height will also allow you to take advantage of any views surrounding your property.