three ways to Add value to your home

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Whether plan­ning ma­jor build­ing works or a spruce-up – im­prov­ing your home boosts its worth…

1 Cost­ings

Be­fore do­ing any work, get es­tate agents’ opin­ions on the value they’d ex­pect it to add. Each house has a ceil­ing price, so en­sure the cost of the build isn’t more than the amount it’ll boost the value by.

2 Spend it wisely

Zopa, a fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany, found that a loft con­ver­sion boosts a house’s value by 13% on av­er­age. A con­ser­va­tory or bath­room typ­i­cally in­creases value by 10%. If you can only af­ford to do one room, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Es­tate Agents says fo­cus on the kitchen. Don’t over­spend – but don’t skimp, as a poor fin­ish could re­duce your home’s value!

3 Get busy

Raise your home’s value in sim­ple ways. In­crease its kerb ap­peal by paint­ing the front door. You could also get a new house num­ber and let­ter­box. And, if you have a list of odd jobs that you’ve been mean­ing to get done, such as cov­er­ing up that scuffed paint in the hall­way, then set aside some time to com­plete them.

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