A guide to increasing value of your property
From loft conversions, extending your property or adding feature walls to inexpensive soft furnishings, here are our top tips on how to increase the value and selling appeal of your property.
Add a Loft Conversion
The easiest way to add another bedroom to your property is via a loft conversion. It is not as disruptive as you might think, as most of work can actually be done from outsider without the hassle of having builders coming through your house. The most important thing is to ensure that access to your loft is easy and that the conversion is line with rest of the house. You want the loft conversion to be a natural extension of the existing living space, rather than something that’s been done as an obvious after-thought. Keep in mind that the floor joists will need to be strengthened, which will raise the floor level to some extent, so you need to make sure that your ceiling is high enough that you will still have enough room to stand up once this has been done.
Build a Conservatory
Building a conservatory will increase the living space of your property and can add to the overall value of your property. If you are considering building a conservatory you will need to check with your local council planning department to find out whether you will need to apply for planning permission. In order to build a conservatory, you will need someone to lay foundations, a good brick layer and a company to install the double glazing. You can pick up a reasonably priced second-hand conservatory from sellers on eBay or Gumtree. If you do go for this option, be really picky about which conservatory you choose to make sure that it is suitable in terms of the space you have available and the style of your house.
Extend Your Property
A great way to increase the value of your property is to extend it. If you have the money a double story extension can transform your property by potentially adding a bedroom, a bathroom plus another living room downstairs, depending on size of property. Make sure you always pick a builder from the Federation of Master Builders. For extension projects you really want to find someone who has reliable recommendations from happy customers. Ask if you can see examples of their previous work and the ‘before and after’ photographs of their completed projects. If they are happy for you to contact their previous customers then this is a good indication that they will do a good job for you. A good architect is also going to be essential for a house extension. Try to look for an architect who has a positive track record of successful planning applications. You can review pending and approved planning permission applications using your local council’s website. Work with your architect to validate the quote given by your chosen builder. Agree a fixed price, and set a schedule for payment that is tied to the progress of the work. That way, if the builder fails to keep to the agreed timescales without having fair reasons for delay, then you are under no obligation to release that part of the payment. Another option may be to ask if your architect can project manage the building work for you.e
Other Tips to Help Sell Your House
1. Clear the kitchen of items like kettles, toasters or other surface space clutter prior to viewings.
2. Create an open plan living space with lounge and dining area.
3. Put up mirrors in strategic places to create a greater impression of lights and space.
4. De-personalise the house by removing some of your personal effects.
5. Have your carpets freshly cleaned throughout the house.
6. Display fresh flowers around the house.
7. Fit brighter and more energy efficient light bulbs.
8. Bake fresh bread or make fresh tea on the day of viewings.
9. Get your drive way jet washed.
10. Clean the gutters.