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If you are thinking about how to add value to your home, then you will be pleased to know that there are an abundance of solutions to help you increase your property’s value. While some of these ideas may seem like a big investment, you are guaranteed to make a profit when your home goes on the mark. In fact, some of our ideas can add up to an amazing 30%!

So, whether you are looking for your next home renovation to give you and the family more living space, or are looking for ways to attract buyers, then our handy guide will provide you with everything you need to know!

A Guide On How To Add Value To Your Home

When thinking about ways to add value to your home, it is important that you seriously consider your options. While some ideas may make your home look more up to date, it is not necessarily guaranteed to add value to the property. For example, painting your home can drastically improve aesthetics, making it more appealing to buyers, but it won’t actually add any value to the property price. Luckily, we have a host of solutions that can instantly increase the value of your home, as well as some of the things that could be decreasing the value of your property.

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What Adds Value To A House?

From house refurbishments to extensions, there are plenty of ways you can modernise your space and add a couple of thousand onto your asking price. Depending on your budget and whether you plan on enjoying your renovations before selling the property can determine which option you choose. Here is what adds value to a house:

New Kitchen Extension

How Much Value Does A Loft Conversion Add?

How Much Value Does A Loft Conversion Add: 20%

A loft conversion is an extremely popular investment for homeowners to make; this is because the loft is an unused space that is often wasted. Many homes can accommodate a loft conversion with the array of conversion styles available. You can choose between a dormer, hip to gable and Velux conversion, ensuring that your home has a solution for the style of loft you wish to introduce. There is an abundance of benefits to having a loft conversion, including the following:

  • Adding living space
  • Bespoke designs
  • Multiple room types
  • More likely to get planning permission
  • Rooms with natural lighting

Before you have a loft conversion, it is important to consider a few things, such as whether you need planning permission and what solution would be best for the loft you have. For most loft conversions, you do not need planning permission as it falls under your permitted development rights, but if you live in a conservation area or graded property, you will need to get planning permission before going ahead with the build. Some conversions that may alter the property, such as a hip to gable or dormer conversion, may require planning permission.

To have a loft conversion, your loft will need to have a height of 2.3m. If your loft does not have this height, then our team may be able to lower the ceiling in the room below. You will also need to accommodate a new set of stairs leading up to the loft. However, this shouldn’t take up too much of your space, and most of our clients find that they can fit at least a large master bedroom and stunning ensuite bathroom. Ideal Home has a great selection of loft conversion room ideas to give you some inspiration for your new space.

Does Converting A Garage Add Value?

How Much Value Does A Garage Conversion Add: 15%-20%

While most people opt for a loft conversion, it is often questioned does converting a garage add value? Much like a loft conversion, there are many benefits to having a garage conversion alongside the 15% increase in property value it provides. For example, it can be used to extend existing rooms, create a dining room, games room or man’s cave, giving you an additional room that utilises often wasted space. A garage conversion is also a lot cheaper compared to its loft conversion alternative, making it a great option for those with a smaller budget.

Again, much like a loft conversion, a garage conversion does not usually require you to have planning permission. You can also choose to have a full or part conversion for your garage, depending on what you wish to achieve. For example, you may choose to have a full garage conversion if you plan to use the space as an additional room. In comparison, a part garage conversion is perfect for extending your existing living room or dining area. As garages are being used less for their purpose and more for storing unwanted items, a garage conversion is ideal for adding value without turning buyers away.

Bedroom In Garage Conversion

How Much Value Does An Extension Add?

How Much Value Does An Extension Add: 15%

Extensions can be added to the side and rear of the property as a single or double-storey extension, and is most commonly used to add space to existing rooms rather than create new ones, but depending on the space you have, you can easily add new bedrooms and bathrooms to your space. Our builders in Billericay and the surrounding areas have been designing and building house extensions for years, and can help you to perfect colour match materials and features to ensure a seamless finish to your design. Our experienced architects can also help you to design a space that works best for you, allowing you to enjoy your new house extension before putting your home on the market.

In fact, many of our clients have a house extension with the intention of adding value to the property and selling up, but they fall in love with their new space and decide to stay. Homebuilding & Renovating has a great article, including house extensions design ideas, and our team are always just a phone call away if you wish to create a bespoke house extension.

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How Much Value Does An Extra Bathroom Add?

How Much Value Does An Extra Bathroom Add: 5-10%

Something that homeowners forget to think about is bathroom space. A family is less likely to purchase your home if there is only one bathroom or even just one toilet, which is why we have added a new bathroom to our list. Many homeowners opt for refurbishing their bathroom, which is another great option that can add around 2-5% to your property value. Incorporating a stunning modern shower enclosure, as well as a bathtub, can have a dramatic impact on how buyers view your property.

However, if you plan on having a house extension or if you have enough room under your stairs for a toilet, then installing a new bathroom or cloakroom toilet can increase the value of your property. There are also plenty of ways that you can add value through your bathroom while maintaining a relatively low budget. Places such as IKEA are excellent for providing cost-effective products that look modern and chic without the hefty price tag. Take a look at Houzz for some beautiful bathroom ideas!
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Do Garden Rooms Add Value?

How Much Value Does A Garden Room Add: 10%

Homeowners often ask, ‘do garden rooms add value?’, and while they can often go unconsidered, they can add an exceptional price tag to your property without costing an excessive amount. On average, a garden room, also in the form of a conservatory, costs around £5000-£10,000 depending on the style, material and size. In fact, if you already have a conservatory, then you can add further value to your property by replacing the roof with a guardian tiled roof; this adds an extra layer of insulation and style.

You can choose between a range of conservatories to suit your property and aesthetics, adding an abundance of style to your space. Some of the styles you can choose from include:

  • Georgian – this is commonly a three-sided roof creating a point in the middle of the conservatory.
  • Victorian – a Victorian conservatory is similar to a Georgian conservatory, but the surrounding windows create a curve for a dome-like effect.
  • Gable – a gable conservatory has two sides with a triangular panel at the front to create a pointing effect at the front of the conservatory.
  • Lean-To – one of the most modern styles of conservatory, a lean-to is where the roof is slightly slanted, creating more of an extension effect than a conservatory.

Much like other extension types, there are multiple uses for your conservatory, including an additional living room, a dining room, a play area, and so much more. Alternatively, you can introduce a garden room to your home, which can add a modern study space or even a garden bar through an outbuilding designed bespoke to you. Speak with our team about how you can bring your garden room to life!

JVH Garden Room

Do New Windows Increase Home Value?

How Much Value Do New Windows Add: 10%

Moving away from extending your living space, let’s answer the question ‘do new windows increase home value?’. The reason windows and even a new front door can drastically increase your property value is because they can have a significant effect on the properties efficiency. For example, not only does it improve aesthetics, but it can also lower your energy bills, make your home feel warm, and improve security.

In terms of aesthetics, modern windows come with an abundance of customisable options. For example, you can choose to install sliding sash, tilt and turn or casement windows depending on your property and your style. Not only this, but you can customise your windows with the following:

  • Handles
  • Locking system
  • Frame colour
  • Frame material
  • Glazing

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What Can Cause Your House To Decrease In Value?

Now that we have dived into the many things that can increase your property value, now it’s time to consider what could be lowering your property value. It is important to identify these issues as it can give you an idea of the things to focus on if you don’t have a big budget to play with. Here are some of the things that could be impacting your property value:

  • Kerb appeal
  • Garden
  • Boiler
  • Mould
  • Damaged walls/flooring
  • Light (natural and florescent)
  • Outdated kitchen fixtures

Some of these factors can easily be fixed with a little DIY and creativity, making them a great starting point if you wish to put your home on the market as soon as possible.

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Extend Your Property’s Potential

There are many ways you can extend the value of your home, such as enlisting the help of our expert builders for kitchen extensions in Brentwood. Whether you are weighing up your options on whether to stay or to move, or you want to enjoy a house extension before increasing the value of your property, ready for putting your home on the market, our team are here to help. Hopefully, you now have an array of ideas and inspiration for your next project, and if you need a helping hand, our experienced builders are here to provide bespoke extensions, installations and loft conversions in Basildon.