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Adding Value to your Home

Add a bathroom, shower area or cloakroom

Most homes have the scope for another bathroom or downstairs cloakroom. Especially in large houses, consider remodelling existing space or extending. Try using dead space like large unused cupboards, space under the stairs, part of a large corridor or hallway, or dividing off part of a large room. Also try updating with bathroom renovations.

Add extra living space
If your house is top heavy, with lots of bedrooms and little living space, consider converting an attached garage, or constructing a ground floor extension to make existing living spaces bigger, or by creating a separate room entirely.
Add an extra bedroom
Generally, an extra bedroom (or bedrooms) is viewed by Estate Agents as a good way of adding value to a property, but there is usually a maximum value pertaining to the street and housing area that your property is located in. Make sure there is a balance between bedrooms, bathrooms and living space. You can create this space by adding a storey to an adjoining garage or perhaps converting an available loft space if viable.

Remodelling existing spaces
Clever space planning or remodelling can make your home look and feel spacious. Consider converting dead space such corridors, large hallways, undersized rooms, unused nooks and niches. You could consider going open plan and creating multifunctional rooms in the process.

Renovate the exterior of your property
Improving kerb appeal costs little but can give a good return. Tidying up front garden areas and adding some new shrub planting can soften and revitalise the look of a particular area. Making good any damage visible to frontage drives, re-pointing or rendering poor condition areas of visible masonry, re-decorating exterior windows, doors and other exterior woodwork like barge boards, fascia's and soffits. Changing windows and cladding styles can also assist.

Extend the kitchen
Small kitchens put off many potential buyers. You could consider the possible demolition of a dividing wall to combine a separate dining area to the kitchen. If the wall proposed for demolition is proved to be load bearing it will need to be structurally supported and this will require approval under the Building Control legislation. Usually, most kitchen extensions can be carried out under permitted development planning legislation but this will always need to be confirmed.

Update an existing kitchen
A kitchen can be given a new lease of life by adding new doors, handles and worktops to a more contemporary style if the unit’s framework is still in good condition.

Convert the Loft
An existing loft area is normally already usable storage space, but it will need careful adaption before it can be put to habitable purposes. Sufficient space for a linking staircase, possibly the creation of dormer windows to increase the usable floor area, roof windows, structural works, means of escape consideration in the case of a fire. Loft conversions will only add value if the works are carried out in full compliance with the requirements of the relevant Building Regulation legislation.

Create off street parking
Perhaps more applicable to inner city areas where on street parking is limited or restricted, you will need to apply to the highway authority to drop the kerb and create any necessary visibility splays.

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