We all want to get the most bang for our buck, right? Especially when it comes to property! Whether you're planning a move soon, or just know that where you currently are at the moment isn't your forever home, any changes you make you should have the 'added value' of the update in mind.
Big changes, big rewards
1. Loft or basement conversion
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Loft or basement conversions are guaranteed to add value to your home because you're expanding the usable space!
2. Convert your garage
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Same as above - another room, more value. This can simply change the garage into more living space, a home office or gym or another bedroom or you can go the extra mile and create a mini duplex like the image above!
If the garage is stand alone and the footprint is large enough to create another self-continued living space, then you can absolutely create a space that can be rented out.
3. Extend your kitchen
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Kitchen extensions are HUGE for adding value. Today, kitchens aren't just for cooking, they're sociable spaces and often considered the heart of the home. Extending the kitchen makes it a more enjoyable space to spend time cooking and, in turn, opens up your home to make it more accessible and a nicer place to be, alone or with others.
For help planning open plan spaces have a read of our comprehensive guide.
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5. Bathroom updates
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A dated or tired bathroom can be a real turn off when it comes to buying a house. Having a newly renovated bathroom that is both on-trend and highly functional is a real win for adding value to a home.
6. Open up your home
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Whether you're knocking down a wall, incorporating some glazed sliding doors or just re-thinking the layout of your rooms, opening up your home will immediately make it look more attractive to the buyer.
Sociable homes that 'flow' are real Rightmove winners.
7. Impressive glazing
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Who knew windows were going to be so iconic? Ok, kind of every person back in the day designing impressive glazed windows for churches and giant, grand windows in castles.
However, glazing design came to a bit of a standstill a short while ago and now people are evermore attracted to large statement windows or bi-fold doors. Having loads of natural light coming into your home will inevitably improve it's reception.
Consider adding skylights or including some larger windows and/or bi-fold doors.
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Little updates, large impact
9. A well groomed garden
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Ok, you like the house and then you wander into the garden but it's so overgrown and out of control you struggle to see it's potential, and actually, it's size.
Having a garden that is well groomed, whether it's been expertly landscaped or just kept in order, will help buyers see more of the garden, won't leave them overwhelmed by the work that needs doing and actually, will make the garden feel larger.
10. A fresh lick of paint
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Tidying up the decorating will make the world of difference. Peeling paint and dirty grout can leave a bad taste in people's mouths. Just by tidying up the tiles and giving the walls a fresh lick of paint, the home can look in such better shape.
Check out our blog post on simple paint ideas that will transform your home on a budget for inspiration.
11. A dual-function spare room
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Nowadays, homes are getting smaller but the needs required at home are getting larger. Therefore, we need our houses to be flexible, versatile and work for us. If you have a spare room that can double up as a bedroom, work space, play room or gym, it'll really add £££ onto your valuation.
Also, think about transforming transient spaces into functional areas. I.e. an unused and unloved alcove could become smart storage or a home workspace.
For more inspiration on home office spaces check out our dedicated guide!
12. A beautiful kitchen
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OK, so you can't fork out big bucks for a complete kitchen overhaul, but your tired 70's kitchen is really letting the side down? Don't panic. There are heaps of ways to update a kitchen without ripping the whole thing out.
You can change cabinet doors or paint them, swap out the handles for new, fashionable knobs and update the back-splash and stained paint to some funky tiles. Also, adding some greenery is always going to make a difference!
13. A warm welcome
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First impressions count - we all know this. It's scientifically true. So, ensure buyers first impressions of your home is a good one. Paint the front door, add some greenery and have a fun doormat.
At the very least, make sure the entrance is tidy and hazard free!
14. Innovative storage
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Humans, as a race, seem to accumulate a lot of stuff. Whilst, we recommend to go for quality over quantity, we still end up with loads of belongings! Therefore, storage is really a premium.
Incorporate some smart and bespoke storage that is sleek and cohesive with the rest of the interior. Hidden storage solutions are a big win!
15. Tidy up
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Lastly, just ensure that your house is tidy - it makes so much difference! The majority people can't see through the mess to see the potential of your property, so just make sure laundry in baskets, toys scattered around and work-spaces covered in letters doesn't alter their impressions.
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