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How to increase the value of your home.

If you want to maximise the return on investment when selling a property there are a few things you can do. Here we will explain how best to increase the value of your property prior to sale. 

 

Upgrade and extend your kitchen.

This is one of a few areas of the house is where you can add real value. A side return is a passage way that runs along the side of the house to the rear garden in a typical terraced or semi-detached house. Extending the kitchen into the side return and to the full width of the rest of the house means you gain valuable space and can also improve the layout.

You’ll still have to comply with building regulations, and work will be inspected at key stages of the build, either by the local authority building department or by an approved independent inspector. If you’re thinking about a side-return extension, remember that you could lose windows and the light they’d bring in. Roof lights over the extension will fix this, or you could install a partially or fully glazed roof to keep the space light and airy.

The kitchen is one of the main selling points in any property, by upgrading or installing a new kitchen, an attractive kitchen will increase the value of your property.

 

 

Loft/attic conversion.

A typical loft conversion will usually cost around €500 per sqm. By utilising this space and turning it into an extra bedroom, this will be great investment and is certain to add value to your property. Typically a loft conversion does not need planning permission, however if you want to use the space as a bedroom you will need to get it certified, you should check with your local council prior to any work being carried out. An extra bedroom can add up 15% to the value of your property.

 

 

Replacing windows.

Most properties these days have double glazed windows, however, if your property does not have double glazed windows adding these in will add considerable value to your property. Also, if you property is from a period when sash windows would have been an original feature, adding these back to the property will add value.

 

 

Bathrooms.

Similar to upgrading your kitchen, the bathrooms are a key selling feature. By upgrading your bathrooms with new tiles, showers, fixtures & fittings and bath tubs, by adding a touch of luxury to a bathroom can add substantial value to your home without the larger

 

 

 

Open plan living.

Open plan living is very much in demand at the moment. If you do not want to build an entire extension you can transform your home and save on the cost by knocking down the wall that separates your kitchen and living room. This will increase the value of your property and will set you apart from other properties for sale in the same area.

 

The smaller things.

By tackling the smaller superficial things in your property you can add real value as a whole.

  • peeling paint
  • squeaking or sticking doors and windows
  • door latches that don’t work
  • mouldy sealants in kitchen and bathroom
  • dripping taps
  • loose tiles
  • sewer smells
  • broken or damaged windows
  • squeaky floors and stairs
  • cracks to ceilings and plasterwork
  • new floors
  • restoring the buildings old character and feature pieces.

 

 

 

 

Gardens

Making sure your garden is not only attractive and well designed, but also tidy, can not only add value but will also help to make the property more appealing to buyers.

Considering the following will help you to get started:

  • Privacy is vital and improving the feeling of seclusion will add value
  • Consider adding fences and even mature trees
  • Structures within the garden, such as pergolas
  • Create distinct areas for each function, seating, eating/barbecue, storage, lawn, work area
  • A well-designed deck will extend a buyer’s perception of the amount of useable living space somewhere between the house and garden, and will add value

Even if you do not makeover your garden, make sure you carry out at least the basics:

  • clean up and tidy litter and dead plants
  • weed
  • repair and feed the lawn
  • cut back overgrown trees and shrubs
  • create interesting shapes with beds and borders
  • add colour and interest with planting

 

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