With the UK property market currently booming, many homeowners are considering their next steps when it comes to the eventual sale of their property. When it comes to home upgrades, it’s important to both consider what you want from your interiors and also what a potential buyer might find attractive. Though larger renovations means that you will most likely want to live with them for a little while to enjoy your new additions, it means that when it comes to selling – proving there are no considerable dips in the market – buyers will appreciate the efforts and you should recoup the costs.
Whether you’re looking to put your property on the market soon or you like to have a good excuse when it comes to renovating your home, we take a look at some of the most popular improvements you can make that will not only prove attractive to potential buyers, but will increase the value of your property, too.
One of the first things prospective buyers look at when viewing properties is the state of the kitchen. If the room is in definite need of an upgrade, then they will have to factor the cost in to their budget. It’s one of the rooms that costs the most to update, so making sure that it’s up to standard before you market your home is important.
Making sure that your outside areas – front and back – are well looked after is a must, and in addition to this, having outdoor spaces that are welcoming, well laid out and make the most of pretty plant life while boasting attractive areas for you to relax in will certainly add value to your home.
New windows and doors
Windows and doors aren’t something that get an upgrade all that often but when they do but they can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your property, from the inside and out. Companies like Blackthorn Timber Windows can supply you with made to measure hardwood timber frame windows in a range of styles to suit your stylish abode and give it the luxury upgrade it needs.
With the good-old unpredictable UK weather, having a conservatory that keeps you sheltered from the rain and wind but allows you to embrace the sunnier days is a welcome addition in many homes. Many choose to use the area to enjoy meals or to take some time to relax in the comfort of an indoor space that blends seamlessly with the outdoors.
If you find yourself seeking out more space, you can always head up into the roof and opt for a loft conversion that sees you upping the square footage of your home in the – relatively – simplest of ways. Loft conversions can cost anywhere between £20,000 to £60,000 and upwards depending on the additions, furnishings and luxuries you wish to add, but they can add between 10 to 20% to the value of your home.
If a loft conversion isn’t an option for you but you still fancy adding an extra room or two to your property, then an extension could be the upgrade for you. Providing you don’t need the extra space for a vital extra bedroom you could have some fun here and create a cinema room, snug, games room or dedicated home office. Just bear in mind with any extension that the new layout needs to make sense for a prospective buyer.
Are your floors looking a little tired? If your floorboards have seen better days or your carpets and rugs are in need of replacing, do this now. A potential buyer may not want to have to go through the house and spent the money and time it takes to replace or repair tired flooring so do the work for them and there shouldn’t need for tough negotiations on your asking price.
Consider your kerb appeal
In addition to keeping the front garden in check, consider what else you can do to improve your property’s kerb appeal. Both a practical and aesthetically pleasing option is to add wall cladding or siding to the outside of your home. Not only will it ensure that you can add a sense of individuality and style to your home, but it can increase energy efficiency too, among other benefits. If you are unsure of what possibilities there are are, make sure you speak to a selection of siding contractors who will be able to guide you.
Special garden features
In addition to having a beautifully landscaped garden, consider the extras that you could install that will not only add value to your property, but will provide you with some enjoyment too. Hot tubs, barrel saunas, pools, rattan egg chairs, outdoor gyms and bars all add those extra luxury touches to a property that make it stand out from the rest. The only problem? You most likely won’t want to move once you’ve renovated your property and added all of the necessary extras that will inevitably make it the envy of all who see it.