If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future or want to create a home that’s a worthwhile investment, adding value can be important. As well as economically, enjoyment value is just as vital a consideration as we spend so much time in our homes that we want to love being there. Here are the top five things you can do to add value to your home.
Replacing old and worn windows will dramatically boost your kerb appeal as well as improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels. If you’re upgrading from single to double glazing; you will definitely notice the difference in your home. Draughts will be a thing of the past and you’ll start relying on your heating less in the winter.
This will help you save money on your energy bills as well as reduce your home’s carbon footprint. For environmentally conscious buyers, this will be a big factor when choosing a new home. Our windows are capable of achieving an A+ energy rating and with a whole range of styles and colours available, you can transform your home.
If new windows will boost your kerb appeal, then a new front door will definitely have the same effect. As one of the first parts of your home a visitor will see; it’s important it looks its best. A composite door ticks all the boxes. It’s extremely energy efficient, secure and looks like desirable timber on the outside. With a variety of colours to choose from, your home will have never looked better.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and one that can make or break a sale. Keep it tidy and uncluttered; more space is always desirable. If having a full kitchen refit is out of your budget, consider just changing the cupboard doors and paint them a new colour. This will instantly bring it to life. A kitchen works best when filled with light and roof lights are the perfect way to achieve this. Capable of being fitted into a flat roof, they will fill your home with natural light and give it a modern feel.
The garden is another area that can affect the value of your home. Keep it tidy and maybe try out some planting to make it feel like new. Bifold doors are a great way to blend your garden and home. With a concertina opening style that doesn’t take up any of your space, you can create an open-plan feel which will impress anyone who sees them. Choose from durable uPVC or ultramodern aluminium to create a door perfect for garden parties.
If a full extension for your home isn’t necessary or is out of your budget, consider a porch to add some needed space. Perfect for storing coats, shoes and other bits and bobs; a porch will also transform the appearance of your home.
Here are five things that surprisingly won’t add value to your home:
This seems like one of those luxury things everyone wants. Whether it’s to take a dip to cool down after a stressful day or to have amazing parties everyone will be jealous of; a swimming pool is certainly desirable. However, they can cause issues as can be very expensive to maintain. Also, buyers with young children and pets might be concerned about the safety aspect of a pool. Think very carefully before making a decision on this.
You can extend and improve your home as much as you like but if your neighbourhood is full of smaller homes; you won’t see as much of an increase in the price as you’d like. Before making any massive changes, talk to a local estate agent to find out how much value you can add to your home.
Adding new plumbing or an improved heating system is necessary and can improve your home’s energy efficiency. However, it might not add as much to the value of your home as you expect. Potential buyers will expect a reasonable working condition for these so might not be willing to pay more for a brand new unit.
Many new homes now have a downstairs toilet or cloakroom. If you don’t use it much and want more storage, think carefully before converting it. It could become useful if a larger family bought your home or for elderly visitors or those with mobility issues.
How a home is decorated can be very subjective and to individual tastes. We’ve all walked into a home and thought about changing every single colour and aspect. If you have very specific ideas for your home; don’t be afraid to experiment. Just bear in mind that some improvements can be harder to alter than others and this could put off potential buyers. Especially if they aren’t DIY confident and don’t have a huge budget for redecorating.
If you’d like help with any of your home improvements or want to discuss how you can add value to your home, get in touch with Homeglaze today.
"Excellent from the meeting with the salesman and then through to the fitters, absolutely superb."
Customer in Epping
“I was extremely pleased with Homeglaze Home Improvements. A professional company who don't use the pushy sales approach that we had received from other companies. Great product at a very competitive price.”
Customer in Rainham
“Homeglaze done a fantastic job from start to finish. The staff in the showroom were very helpful and the fitters were polite, clean and tidy. The end result looks brilliant, would highly recommend.”
Customer in South Ockendon
“Polite and friendly workmen, kept me informed as to what they were doing, very neat finish and cleared all away afterwards, demoed the door lock and flap usage.”
Customer in London
“The windows look excellent and the house has been left like they were polite, tidy and very aware of us being in the house as well. Couldn't recommend them more.”
Customer in Brentwood