5 Easy Ways To Add Value To Your Home In 2016

Making improvements around the house won’t only make it a better place for you to live, it will also add to the value when the time comes for you to move out.

If your first thought is that you don’t want to build an extension because you don’t have the money, you don’t want builders in your house for weeks on end or you simply don’t want one? Well, you don’t have to! There are many easy ways to add value to your home that can be done quickly, cheaply and easily, without too much disruption to your daily life.

A survey carried out by Zopa found that the average home improvement would add at least 10% to the value of the home. So, here are five easy ways you could consider adding to the value of your home:

1. Garden
The second most popular way to add value to you home isn’t by doing anything to your actual house; it is by making changes to your garden!

Your front garden is the first impression that potential buyers will get of your home and therefore gives an impression of your whole house.

This couldn’t be simpler! If you are looking for a complete makeover you may want to call in the professionals, but there is plenty you can do yourself. Take a look at sites such as YouGarden where you will find everything you need, from plants to tools and equipment. If it is looking a little neglected start by just tidying it up and clearing the rubbish – then go from there!  

2. Conservatory
A conservatory adds valuable space and light – although it does mean giving up some of your garden space! That said a low maintenance garden is very appealing to some so you could plan this into your garden design.

As well as giving you an extra room within your home, it will enable you to enjoy the garden when the weather doesn’t allow you to be outside.

A conservatory tops the list of home improvements that add value to your home, with a 108% return on your investment. Plus, unlike an extension, it usually doesn’t need planning permission!

3. Carpets
Laying new carpets is one of the easiest ways to update your house and add value to it at the same time. Carpet can become worn, dirty and dated over the years – particularly in the rooms you walk through the most, such as the hallway.

Either get your carpets cleaned or get new carpet and your home will instantly look fresh and modern.  

4. Loft Conversion

What do you have in your loft – do you even know? Our lofts tend to be full of the junk that we don’t really need but aren’t quite ready to get rid of yet! However, that space is being wasted. Rather than being used simply for storage it could be a games room for the kids, an extra bedroom, a reading or hobbies room for you – the possibilities are endless!  

A loft conversion can add 20% to the value of your home and many don’t need planning permission as they fall in the category Permitted Development Rights.

5. Roof
It is important to keep your roof maintained, ensuring there are no leaks, it is insulated and in good condition.

If it appears the roof may need fixing, buyers can push the price down. However, by investing in it you can expect a 63% return.

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