Get your home in top or­der to boost value

Rutherglen Reformer - - Homes & Gardens -

Here is our guide to ways to make small changes to in­crease the value of your home with some sim­ple im­prove­ments that don’t cost the earth but can have a huge im­pact on your sell­ing price.

Home­own­ers have lit­tle con­trol over peaks and troughs in the hous­ing mar­ket how­ever, this does not mean you have no con­trol over the rise and fall in price of your own home.

You should al­ways en­sure it is the ab­so­lute best it can be, and that means im­prove­ments and here are some sug­ges­tions:

A fresh coat of paint can bring life to the most derelict of ob­jects: doors, cup­boards, cab­i­nets, stair­cases, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

Paint­ing a house in­side and out can see a mon­u­men­tal in­crease in value, with some prop­er­ties see­ing up to £10,000 added. Clean­ing hard­wood floors is a tough task and no mat­ter how hard you scrub they never seem to have that orig­i­nal shine.

Other than re­fin­ish­ing the floors - which is an ex­pen­sive task - the only op­tion is to use floor pol­ish.

Space is a virtue of any home and it shouldn’t be ac­cepted that some of the house is closed off.

Re­mov­ing un­used ob­jects is an easy way to make space. You can even re­move walls. Car­pets are tram­pled on ev­ery day and are for­got­ten as the things un­der our feet.

Re­plac­ing a car­pet can make a room feel new, es­pe­cially if it’s a con­trast­ing colour.

A fire­place al­lows you to have ecofriendly heat­ing while en­joy­ing the cosi­ness and warmth of a camp­fire.

Also, with gas and elec­tric bills on the rise, a fire­place is great way cut some of those costs. not only adds a dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment, it also has sev­eral prac­ti­cal func­tions.

While adding a fire­place will set you back it has caused value in­creases of five per cent in some homes.

An ex­ten­sion can turn a three bed­room house into a five bed­room house and a two-storey house into three storeys.

An en-suite bath­room fea­tured in the master bed­room at­taches a sense of style and fi­nesse to the prop­erty.

If you’re look­ing for a sim­ple shower and toi­let, the price will amount to a few thou­sand pounds.

A con­ser­va­tory is some­thing a buyer would rather not spend their time and money do­ing.

De­pend­ing on size, the cost of a con­ser­va­tory is up to £10,000 but it can add 22 per cent to your prop­erty’s value.

Cre­ate off-street park­ing: This isn’t al­ways an op­tion, and for oth­ers it will mean sac­ri­fic­ing a chunk of the front gar­den but it does yield great re­wards. It is an im­prove­ment which could cost £10,000 to £20,000 but could yield £50,000.

So if you have made the de­ci­sion to move, take time to make the most of your prop­erty and get the best ask­ing price when you sell.

Chal­lenge It is sat­is­fy­ing when you com­plete a home im­prove­ment job

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