For many of us, our home is our pride and joy. We love to improve it and make it a nicer space to live in. By doing that we often add value to our homes without knowing it. However, there are some specific ways you can add value to your home, which may make it more attractive if you come to sell. Even if you’re not looking to sell in the short-term, these changes can improve your home and make it a more enjoyable place to live.
Convert your loft
A loft conversation is an excellent way of adding space and creating a stunning space at the top of your home. These spaces can be used for a bedroom or just more relaxation space. Other options include an office or even a music room.
Lighting is incredibly important in loft conversions. Before conversion, lofts don’t usually have any access to natural light. Installing a rooflight is an excellent way of increasing the natural in a loft conversion and also reduces the need for artificial lighting. Rooflights work well in a loft conversion as they can be partially opened to improve ventilation, which in a room at the top of the house is vital.
Convert your garage
If you have a garage attached to your house and don’t need it for storage or as space to park a car, converting it to extra living space could be a great option. One option is to knock a wall through into the garage to expand a living room or kitchen. Another option is to covert the garage into a laundry room and move any washing machines, tumble dryers etc. in there to free up room elsewhere in the house.
Before deciding to convert your garage, it’s essential to take advice as to whether this will actually increase the value of your home. In some regions of the country, having extra living space will be a benefit and can increase the value of the property. In other areas of the country, it may be the case that having a garage is actually more valuable than the extra space.
Add a conservatory
Conservatories are a great place to relax. One of the great benefits of conservatories is that they can be a warm room all year round. If a conservatory has a large amount of glass, it will naturally heat the room when it’s sunny outside. This will need to be regulated during the summer months as the room could become too hot to use, but during the colder months, this can be a lovely addition to your home.
If you enjoy socialising, conservatories make a great space to host parties or enjoy dinner. Due to their large number of windows they make lovely bright and airy spaces. While adding a conservatory may take away space from a garden, the advantages you can gain by adding another room to your home could be significant.
Open up the living space
If your home feels small inside, one way around this can be to knock through some walls and create a more open-plan living space. A popular combination is to have your kitchen and living room as one connected room. When entertaining, this makes it easy for everyone to be in the same room at once, but to be doing different things and not feel cramped. Before knocking through any wall, it’s crucial to consult a builder to find out if the wall in question is load bearing.
Fix structural issues
Any structural issues will automatically lower the value of your home. Getting them fixed should be a matter of urgency if you are looking to sell your home. Even if you are not looking to sell, getting it fixed will only be a benefit to you.
Overall there are many ways you can improve the value of your home. The ones listed above are some of the main ways, but there are others. You should always keep in mind that any changes you make will need to be ones you will enjoy, unless you are making them to sell the home asap. As a result, it’s important to think about the long-term impact as well as the financial cost vs the value you will add to the home.