The housing market is going through an uncertain time with property prices rising by as little as 2%. So how can we make our houses more valuable and give them kerb appeal?
If you have a loft with easy access, building a loft conversion is an easy way to obtain an extra bedroom, bathroom or study area. For a cost of around £20,000, you can potentially add double that to the value of your house, but check planning regulations first.
We have never got enough living space, so adding a conservatory to your property gives more space and adds value; make sure you keep it within the character of your existing property. Potentially, this will add 10% to the value of your property.
If your garage is connected to the house, convert it into living space. No one ever puts their car in the garage and it is usually used as a store. For a total of £10,000 you will have an extra room.
Remember kerb appeal – make your garden attractive, clean and tidy. If you have a large back garden, you could create an extra parking space at the front by using paving. With parking at a premium in some cities, it is clever to create more parking spaces for extra cars.
The first thing we see is your front door. Make it look smart – repaint it and add a new letterbox, doorknob and house number.
It’s the most important room in the house: make sure there are attractive work surfaces and units in keeping with the style of the house.
If your windows are looking a bit old, replace them with a design that matches the house. If you had wooden windows, replace them with the same. UPVC windows are very popular and readily available. For UPVC windows in Dublin, http://www.keanewindows.ie/uPVC-windows.html is one of many supplier ready to help.
If you don’t have any, install it immediately. This will add £5000 to your value.
Making the living space open-plan will add appeal. By knocking down a few walls, it will give more light and space and make your property more saleable.
Update your bathroom with new fixtures and fittings. Keep things simple by replacing the main features, such as the shower.