Whether you’re looking to sell or stay, a property is likely to be your most valuable asset. So, it definitely pays to take care of it and help it grow in value. And at a time when people are discussing a possible reduction in property values, due to the cost of living crisis, adding value has never been more important.
So, what can you do to add value to your home?
It’s a never ending quest to find more space in most houses. No matter what the size of your property it rarely seems to be quite enough. With young people staying at home longer to save deposits for their own home, parents who thought they might be at the stage of downsizing (or being able to convert a bedroom into a yoga studio) suddenly find their house now needs to accommodate several fully grown adults.
Perhaps that’s why last year one of the most popular home improvement plans was to add a garden room. As building work goes, it’s certainly cheaper than adding an extension. It can be a great way to get an extra bedroom, living space, entertainment room or office – and means little disruption to your existing home whilst it’s being assembled. It also doesn’t necessarily require planning permission either, which is a bonus. Experts estimate you’ll get back 1.25 times what it cost to build when you come to sell, so it is also a good way to add value.
A garden room also encourages people to make the most of their garden space. As we all know, gardens became the must-have thing in lockdown and buyers are still likely to pay a premium for a garden they can use all year round. So it’s worth investing in sprucing up your outdoor space. Don’t forget your front garden too – kerb appeal is real, and keeping a well maintained frontage to your property will instantly add value. It doesn’t have to be expensive – some weeding, a bit of painting, new handles for the front door and a bit of elbow grease to clean any windows and gutters can work wonders.
If you’re looking to sell your home, or even just claim back some space, decluttering is key and can instantly add value to your property. Self storage can be a big help in such situations, providing you with somewhere safe to keep your belongings, where they’re still easily accessible, but thankfully out of your house! Looking for storage units Leeds?
Having a good clear out is an instant winner – hire a skip, take some trips to the charity shop and don’t forget to sort through piles of paperwork. It’s amazing how much accumulates even though most things nowadays are online. Maybe it’s time to get rid of the bank statements and payslips from 2003! Professional shredding services are an easy win in these situations – here at McCarthy’s we can provide you with a sack which you fill with paperwork to be destroyed. Simply seal it, return it to us and we’ll put it through our industrial shredders. Looking for shredding services near me?
Making sure bathrooms are properly maintained and clean will instantly boost a property. Clear out that grouting and look for some new coordinated accessories. Does your kitchen need a freshen up? How about some new cupboard doors or a lick of paint? Keeping surfaces clear also works wonders for making a kitchen seem bigger.
Remember lighting can make a huge difference to a home – both natural and artificial light. Look for warming table and floor lamps and take a look at your blinds or curtains to see if they make the most of your windows. Switch out old bulbs for brightening LEDs.