Tips to improve the value of your home

Here are few pointers from TV property expert Phil Spencer as to what you can do to improve the value of your home:

1. Add a new bathroom

Demand for en-suite bathrooms is on the rise, which means an extra bathroom could be a strong selling point for your property. You can upgrade your bathroom in small steps: swap a shower curtain for a glass door, add new taps or upgrade an old radiator to a heated towel rail.

2. Upgrade your kitchen

Buyers will be willing to pay more for a property if it comes complete with a ready-made modern cooking space. An attractive kitchen saves buyers the hassle and expense of redoing the kitchen themselves.

3. Extend out

A 30 square metre extension can add £14,000 to the value of your home , according to Barclays Mortgages and Countrywide [1]. When extending your home, opt for a good-sized room that suits the existing style of your home or is bold enough to be a major selling point.

4. Extend up (or down)

A loft conversion can add significant value to your home especially if you’re creating an extra bedroom – just remember to inform your home insurer of any changes. Basement conversions are also a smart solution for smaller properties.

5. Update the layout

Removing or moving internal walls can make a big difference to the value of your property at a fraction of the cost of heavy-duty improvements such as extensions. Just avoid moving any load-bearing walls.

6. Spruce up the garden

Building an extension that drastically reduces your garden space isn’t always the best option. Instead invest in your garden with small but significant improvements such as outdoor lighting or decking.

7. Convert the garage

If you don’t use your garage for parking your car, you could add value to your home by converting it into a living space. A home office, games room, kids’ room or home gym are all good options.

8. Bring in the experts

Take your time to ask friends and family for their recommendations on the best builders they know. Finding the right person for the job will prove invaluable.

At Bickford Building Services we can help you achieve your objective of  improving the value of your home through any of these methods. More importantly though we will improve the home in which you live.