10 more ways to add value to your home

Moving up the property ladder to your dream home means adding value to your current property to maximise the return on your investment. Here are 10 more ways to do just this.

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1. Focus on the kitchen

If you are only going to makeover one room, make it the kitchen. For most people, this is now the centrepiece of the home; however, be careful – make sure the kitchen you install is appropriate to the value of your house or you either won’t see a return or can drag the value down.

2. Spruce up the bathroom

If your ceramics are in good order, adding new taps, a power shower and a shower screen instead of a curtain can give your bathroom a quick and inexpensive makeover that adds resale value.

3. Add a shower room or en suite

If you have the space, adding a shower room or en suite will create added value. Consider moving the bathroom upstairs in a period property and adding a cloakroom.

4. Enhance your home’s character

If period features have been removed, consider adding them sympathetically. In a more modern home, try upgrading laminate floors to solid wood.

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5. Apply for planning permission

Even if you do not intend to extend, giving your buyers the option by applying for planning permission will give your property the edge.

6. Makeover the garden

Add a built-in barbecue or pizza oven, repair your fences, and tidy your borders. If you have an independent garage, consider a St Albans garage door installation from a company such as to add extra functionality and appeal.

7. Remodel your floor space

The desire for open-plan living shows no signs of going away, so think about ways you can open up the space in your home. Non-load-bearing walls are relatively easy to remove to create open-plan living areas and, of course, boost resale value.

8. Upgrade services

Installing the latest technology, or simply upgrading your plumbing, is a smart way to increase your property’s saleability.

9. Fix superficial flaws

Fixing dripping taps, filling ceiling cracks and replacing mouldy sealant are quick fixes to improve your home.

10. Keep it in perspective

Remember that taking the price of your property over the ceiling value for your street can be counterproductive, so consider carefully where you will really add value.

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