Ren­o­vat­ing a home

Whether you are sell­ing now or main­tain­ing your home to sell in the fu­ture, there are many small home im­prove­ments you can ad­dress to add value and keep your prop­erty in best shape for when the time comes to sell-up.

The Oban Times - - SELF BUILD & RENOVATION -

Open­ing up space

Open­ing up liv­ing space is be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly for the kitchen and din­ing room. Knock­ing through walls to cre­ate this open-plan liv­ing space is an ef­fec­tive way to add value to a prop­erty be­cause a larger space is not only trendy, but more use­ful.

Makeover the kitchen

An at­trac­tive, hy­gienic and fresh look­ing kitchen is es­sen­tial. Start by paint­ing the cab­i­nets to give a fresh look and re­place doors and han­dles if needed. Make sure there is ad­e­quate light­ing as well, it’s very easy and cost ef­fec­tive to in­stall un­der unit light­ing. Fi­nally, en­sure that any floor tiles are well fit­ted and a colour that is easy to main­tain and keep clean.

Con­vert­ing the loft

A loft con­ver­sion is a more ex­pen­sive im­prove­ment, yet prob­a­bly gives back the best value for money. Most lofts can be eas­ily con­verted and ex­pand­ing the house up­wards of­fers home­own­ers an ex­tra bed­room for grow­ing fam­i­lies or a space for ex­tra stor­age. Ad­ding an ex­tra bed­room can give huge value to your home, par­tic­u­larly if it in­cludes an en-suite bath­room.

In­stall a fire­place

A fire­place can bring a lot of char­ac­ter to a room and cre­ates a fo­cal point. It’s also prac­ti­cal; the warmth from the fire al­lows you to re­duce the use of your cen­tral heat­ing which will lead to sav­ings on your en­ergy bills.

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