How to add space & value to your property
With today’s property market so unpredictable and the price of moving soaring, it might make more sense to add space to your property rather than move. Not only add space but also value to your property too.
5 top tips from Craig Bees, MD Bartram&Co
Lick of paint
Might sound cosmetic but a coat of new paint (keep the colour neutral) can make a house feel clean, hygienic and cared for. While you are at it, update the front door furniture if it’s looking tired, replace any rotting window timbers or loose tiles and give the front flower beds a weed. First impressions count.
Add a conservatory
The key to a successful conservatory is to ensure that it flows from your existing rooms rather than looking as if it’s just been tacked on to the outside. A good one could add as much as 12% to the value of your home in London, 5% for the rest of the UK and give you a lot more living space
Install a new kitchen
The kitchen is what most house-hunters will look at first. Sparkling work surfaces and new appliances can woo a wavering buyer. An average new kitchen costs £8,000 and can add 6% to your property’s value, according to consumer watchdog Which?
The current trend is for open-plan living, so make sure your kitchen has a sense of space.
Add an extra bathroom
Bigger houses need more bathrooms, particularly family homes because nobody likes to queue in the morning! Make sure all your existing bathrooms are spotless, too as it sets the right tone.
Convert the garage into an office
A lot of today’s garages are no longer fit for purpose, having been designed when cars were smaller. They have become dead space and can easily be converted into another room. Before you do anything, though, find out what buyers are looking for in your area: is it houses with lots of bedrooms (families), or properties with an office (young professionals)
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