Working your way up the property ladder is no easy feat and often homeowners are faced with the dilemma: to renovate or to not renovate?
Maximising the value of your current home can often require you to go through the process of applying for planning permission. However, there are plenty of minor (and not so minor) projects that you can consider without it such as creating an open plan living space and replacing your windows and doors.
Transforming your loft into a bedroom, rather than somewhere that’s used to store belongings you haven’t managed to throw away yet can boost the overall value of your home by as much as 15%. As this project is considered a permitted development, most loft conversions don’t require you to apply for planning permission. However, if you want to extend your roof space by more than 50m3 or are making structural changes to a listed building, the rules may differ. We say that it’s always worth asking your local planning authority just in case.
Boost Your Kerb Appeal
Improving the exterior of your home is something that you may not have even considered in your mission to add value. However, the truth is that first impressions matter so a new driveway, new soffits and fascias and even a fresh lick of paint can stand you in good stead to add up to 10% on your property’s overall cost.
Replace Your Windows and Doors
Replacing old windows will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of your home but it will make the property more energy efficient – something that’s high on the wish list for many current house hunters. Any single glazed windows should be replaced with thermally efficient double glazing that will ensure energy bills will be kept low. If you’re looking for something that will make all the difference when you sell your property – this is it.
Update Your Bathroom
While it can be an expensive investment, updating a bathroom in your home can be a guaranteed value-booster. There are a few simple ways to do this on a stricter budget. Try to keep your existing layout, as relocating things like pipes and water inlets can raise the cost tremendously and choose a bathroom suite rather than purchasing each piece individually.
Create an Open Plan Space
Open plan living is all the rage so call in the professionals to help you knock down the wall that separates two of your existing rooms. Creating a space that incorporates your kitchen and living room will increase the amount of natural light in your home alongside providing you with a social space that can be used for entertaining.