If you’re a Radio Four listener you will know that they found that house moves have dropped by 50% in the last decade. So if we’re not moving then we will want to keep our homes modern and up to date, making changes to them to improve not only our day-to-day life but to add value to them for when we do come to sell them and move on. There are plenty of things that you can do to improve your home and add value to it at the same time. If you have the time and money here are the top five things you can invest in to give it that value boost:
Build a conservatory
Adding an extension to your home in the form of a conservatory and expanding your living space is always a great idea. It will add light and space to your home and it can be used all year round. While conservatories are often created as an extension to a kitchen, depending on the layout of your house they can also be added on to living/dining areas, to create play spaces for the kids, or a new room for the grown-ups to relax and unwind in. Do it right by integrating into your home rather than bolting on an off-the-shelf version and the value you are adding could even be in double figures.
Focus on your kitchen
The kitchen is the focal point of most homes. We spend a large proportion of our time in it when we are cooking, eating, entertaining, or relaxing. It is often the one space where families spend time together. A well-designed kitchen, bespoke to your house and its style, will instantly add value.
Open the door to your home
Your front door may be the physical entrance to your home, but it is also the first thing people will notice. A smart, clean front door is one of those small things you can do that will instantly update your home and make it more attractive in the eyes of passers-by and prospective buyers.
The windows are the soul of your home. Well-installed, elegant wooden windows need not be something to fear, nor do they only belong in a listed building or conservation area. Installing wooden rather than uPVC windows will add even greater value to your home and can be just as effective in terms of keeping out the cold and damp.
Storage space is one of those things that we can never have enough of. Whether it is built-in wardrobes, under-stair storage, or using ceiling voids to create more storage space you can never go wrong if that is how you choose to add your value. Particularly important in smaller homes where storage is at a premium it is a clever and economical way to improve your home.