Moving house might be the last thing on your mind right now, but circumstances can quickly change, and you never know what’s around the corner. Who knows? One day you might just wake up and have a sudden urge to experience a drastic lifestyle change, which could involve having to sell your home.
Whether that occurs or not, it’s always sensible to plan for the future and evaluate how you could improve your home so that if you do ever want to move on, you are able to ask for a sale price at, or above, the going rate.
We would stray from doing things like adding a swimming pool, introducing a garish colour scheme or carrying out work without planning permission when it needs it, as they will harm its value.
Stick to these three trusty value boosting home improvements:
Buy a new energy efficient boiler
Now, we know that buying a new boiler isn’t cheap – it can vary anywhere between £1500 – £3000. But the money it will save you in the long run justifies its cost, so look beyond the initial expense.
If your existing boiler is 15 or more years old, it will be viewed as a negative by buyers for two reasons.
Firstly, they will know that it cannot possibly offer a high standard of thermal efficiency, and they will be fearful of it breaking down and facing an expensive bill to either repair or replace it.
One of the many modern boilers on the market will last for 10-15 years and significantly improve the thermal efficiency rating of the house. With regular servicing, it’s also unlikely to break down.
Make the most of unused spaces
It may be possible to convert your disused rooms (cellars will need to be damp-proofed first) into an office, utility room or extra bedroom – making them practical and transforming the way you live in them. This will potentially boost the property’s value by up to 30%.
Most conversions can be classified as a ‘change of use’ which does away with any need for planning permission and the accompanying paperwork this demands.
Conversions don’t necessarily mean extensions, but conservatories and orangeries are a great way of introducing new, usable space, which leads nicely into our next point.
Add a solid roof conservatory
You can also extend outwards with a solid tiled roof conservatory to get added space. A well-thought out conservatory that fits in with the character of a house can add around five per cent to it.
Notice that we have suggested a ‘solid tiled roof’ conservatory. This is so that when buyers see a conservatory listed amongst the property’s features, they know that it can be used all-year-round and not in fits and starts.
Do you already own a conservatory? Get a solid roof retrospectively fitted to the design to enhance the insulation it offers and make it fully usable again.
If our final suggestion resonates with you, there is a FREE Tiled Roofs brochure you can download from the Clearview website. Give it a read and then get in touch.
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