The Ultimate Guide to Adding Value to Your Home

Posted on Aug 6 2014 - 3:30pm by Charlie

The recent economic crisis has meant that for many people, moving house just isn’t realistic or practical. For those who can’t afford to move, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are many ways of improving and adding value to your home. And if you are looking to move house in the longer-term, this will help to get more potential buyers through the front door. By the time you’re done, you’ll wonder why you ever wanted to move in the first place!

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Planning Permission

If you live in Suffolk, start by checking out local estate agents in Hadleigh to get an idea of what other similar properties are selling for in your area. See what improvements have been made. Some planning restrictions do still apply, such as living in a ‘green belt’ area or if it happens to be a listed building. However, applying to your local council is relatively simple. Whether you’re looking to extend or you’d like a loft conversion, your local council will help to guide you through the process.

Build a Conservatory

Adding a conservatory to your existing living space is a great way of adding more value to your home.There are styles to suit all kinds of properties. So if you own an older building, you can rest assured that it will be built in a way that’s sympathetic to the existing style of architecture. They’re a particularly good idea for living in a climate like the UK’s. They provide you with a way to enjoy the garden at all times of the year. So, you don’t have to worry about being caught in a British summer downfall.

Pave the Front Garden

With parking space in Britain becoming an increasing problem, if you don’t have a garage, creating one is well worth consideration. Front gardens are excellent for off-road parking. Many home-buyers won’t even consider looking at a property that doesn’t offer its own parking space. So, if you are adding value to your home with a view to sell later on, following this course of action would be a wise move.

Update Decor and Home Furnishings

Unless you update appliances and things that actually affect the function of your property, this is unlikely to add much in the way of value. However, giving your house a superficial makeover will breathe new life into it, and make it feel like a brand new home. You don’t need to go mad; updating and adding to existing furnishings will give it the new lease of life it deserves. A fresh coat of paint on the front of the house is a great way to make it stand out from the neighbours. And will help to give the house that all-important ‘kerb appeal’.

These are just a few examples of ways to improve and add value to your home. So, if you’re looking to improve your standard of living, or make your house more attractive to buyers, just follow our advice. The housing market can be a cutthroat industry, so you need to do everything you can to make your house stand out from the rest.

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