Day to day, few of us consider the value of our house. When we’re on the lookout for a new property, the cost is one of the first things that we consider. Aside from the very lucky few, we’ve got a budget to stick to after all, and there’s no point in wasting time, and getting excited about houses that you could never afford to buy. But, once you are in and settled, you don’t think about how the changes that you are making are affecting the value of your home. You don’t believe that this is something that you need to consider if you’ve got no intention of selling anytime soon.
But, this can be a mistake. You never know what the future holds, and unfortunately, there are often unpleasant surprises around the future. You never know when you might need to move house or to access the capital locked up in your property. Your home is a valuable asset — usually, the most valuable that we own. So, whether you plan to sell or not, it’s always a good idea to protect, and bolster its value where you can. Here’s a look at a few easy upgrades that could increase the value of your home.
Update Your Windows
When we look at prospective houses, one of the first things we want to know is if it has got double glazing and Composite Doors. We want to know that the house will be warm, free from damp and good at keeping out external noise. You might already have double glazing, but if your windows and doors are getting old, and the seals are starting to wear, it’s certainly worth considering an update.
Add a Bedroom
A three bedroom house is worth considerably more than a two bedroom, and a four more than a three. Adding a bedroom can seem like a massive job, but if you’ve got an office, dining room or another area that you don’t use, ask yourself how much of a conversion would actually be needed?
Focus on the Kitchen
For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s another of the first things that we look at when we view new houses. If your kitchen is clean, tidy and up to date, you can still make small changes, like fitting new cupboard doors, to increase its appeal.
Keep Things Fresh
Big jobs, like remodelling your kitchen and landscaping your garden are fantastic, and will always add value if done well. But, a simple coat of paint can also have a positive effect. Even if you don’t feel like a change, give your rooms a fresh coat of paint every few years to keep them looking clean and fresh.
Look After Your Boiler
Another biggie on new house checklists is the boiler. No one wants to buy a house with a dodgy boiler that needs replacing. Get yours serviced every year to keep it in good condition for much longer.
Work on Your Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything. Your house makes its first impression with things like the driveway, frontage, brickwork and front door. Make sure your house always looks great from the curb, and it will always strike the right impression.
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