Our homes are one of our biggest investments, so it makes sense to capitalise on this through renovations but what changes can add value and allow a more comfortable way of living.
When considering any home renovations, it’s worthwhile speaking to a local estate agent, who can provide advice regarding house prices in your area. This is to ensure any alterations or additions that you are planning to carry out will, in fact, add value to the property, all properties have a celling price and to ensure you don’t end up losing money by carrying out work it’s advisable to get professional advice.
Adding square footage to a property pretty much guarantees to add value to the property, a great way to increase square footage is to go upwards with a loft conversion. Maybe the easiest way to create a new bedroom and bathroom with minimal disturbance as most work can be carried out from the outside. Implementing a loft conversion will depend on factors such as the pitch and shape of the roof and other issues as to whether a conversion is viable for the property.
An extension particularly single storey can provide the recently desired open plan living which is increasing in popularity especially through adding glass doors, bi-folds or patio doors, providing the feel of the outdoors indoors. A double extension can maximise on bedrooms and bathrooms and if the property needs these extra rooms an extension could be much cheaper than the cost to move. When building an extension it’s a good idea to consider the garden space. Outside is a big selling point and could end up damaging the value of the property if the extension leaves a small outdoor space.
If your budget really doesn’t allow for an extension or conversion it’s still worthwhile applying for the planning permission to do so, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home in the not too distant future. Through securing planning permission from your local council your property will be elevated into a higher league and will remove any uncertainty from future buyer’s minds.