If you’re considering selling your home at some point down the line, it is certainly worth spending a little bit of time and money on renovations which could add a great deal of value to your home.
1. Renovate the attic
Attic conversions are one of the least expensive ways to make your home more valuable and are a much more affordable option in comparison to an extension. If you intend to live in your home for a while before selling it, you could even rent out this extra room to a lodger. The rent you earn from this could, over the course of several months, pay back your initial investment. However, there are some things which you will need to keep in mind if you want to carry out this type of conversion. Firstly, you will need to make sure that you have enough room below the attic door for a staircase - if you’re landing is already quite small, a conversion of this kind might not be the best option. In addition to this, you will have to renovate the attic in such a way that it is compliant with the relevant building regulations.
2. Give your kitchen a makeover
When it comes to property value, the quality of the kitchen is crucial. One which is both stylish and functional and features well-made storage, will add a lot of value to the house. However, renovating an entire kitchen can take quite some time and it is important that you consider things like its position and shape before you begin work on it. For those who want to make a relatively large investment, adding in integrated appliances, including the cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer, will transform the look of the room and make it considerably more valuable. If you don’t have the funds or the energy to completely redo the whole room, you can always give the space a new lease of life with some new solid wood worktops, or by sanding down and re-painting the cupboards.
3. Re-do the bathroom
Bathroom renovations are very simple and you don’t need to spend a small fortune to add value; ideally, this room should look modern, hygienic and fresh. It’s not difficult to achieve this; a lick of neutral coloured paint on the walls, adequate lighting and some basic white tiles will create a lovely, contemporary look. Because none of these things cost very much, you can then spend a little bit more on things like luxury faucets and fixtures, which will add some elegance and value to the space. If you want to take things a step further, you can replace the bathroom suite with something more opulent; a free standing, ’claw’ bathtub, or a large, spacious pedestal sink would create a beautiful looking space. In bathrooms where there is not enough space for a bathtub, make sure that the shower stands out as the main visual feature of the room you could install a power shower and perhaps add some coloured tiles to the shower area.
Jennifer Peters writes for several different magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her specialist topic is interior design and she often visits websites like Worktop-Express when researching her next piece.
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