Home Improvements: How can I add value to my home?

Home improvements can be a breath of fresh air when it comes to property, breathing new life into any home with high scale and low scale DIY jobs. A new kitchen or bathroom is always an excellent choice, perhaps you’re looking to create a suntrap, the choice really is yours.

Ultimately any improvements will add value to your home, but here at Arnold Laver we would advise you think about your space before you make your final decision!

Firstly we would advise working out the costs before you splash out on an extension or upgrade in a room. This is the time to work out how much value they will add to your home, this way you’ll make sure the job is worth it before you start.

An extension or loft conversion
Extensions can differ greatly, from adding another bedroom to the addition of another storey to your home. Due to the varied options of extensions, it can be difficult to put a price on how much they cost or how much they will add to your current home. For those looking to work with what they already have, a loft conversion is an excellent choice. Though this may be a little bit more on the pricey side, converting your loft will provide much needed extra space and perhaps the option of another bedroom. Remember that this kind of project is a lot more costly than most, but will provide an excellent return. Don’t forget that in doing this you will need to inform your home insurer of any changes.

A conservatory
An excellent way to provide another room in your house is with a conservatory. Although you have to consider that this will take up precious garden space. We would advise that this is an excellent way to add extra space to a home without breaking the bank. Before you finalise any conservatory plans, remember to research into planning permission and abide by any rules regarding doors closing off areas.

An extra bathroom or toilet
Thanks to the demand for en-suites and extra bathrooms, this can be an excellent way to increase the interest on your property. Creating an extra toilet or bathroom can be as inexpensive and as expensive as you like. Depending on the cost of fittings, fixtures, tiles and flooring – opt for clean colours and classic silhouettes.

A new kitchen
The focal point of any home, a kitchen can reflect your personal taste as the homeowner. Generally this is the first port of call for people looking to purchase a property, with this in mind if you can look to create an attractive space buyers may be willing to pay more as they won’t have to change this aspect. The latest trends for kitchens are open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms.  

Small changes can also help add value to a home, this way you can get all your family and friends involved to speed things up!

1. Painting the interior of your home can be inexpensive but also give your home a fresh, crisp look for those who are coming to view your home.

2. Spruce up any external doors, does it need a lick of paint or a new letter box? Door handles and house numbers can be a great way to get people through the front door. Take a look at other homes you like the look of to get a bit of inspiration for yours.

3. If your kitchen is in need of a little TLC then concentrate on this. Clean work surfaces, sparkling floors and gleaming white goods will ensure interest in your space no matter what the size.

4. Bathrooms are a simple yet effective way to add value to your home. If yours is already looking tip top, then take a closer look at fittings and fixtures and ensure these are clean and tidy.

If you are looking to upgrade your home thanks to our tips and tricks, head on over to
Arnold Laver to find all the materials and accessories you’ll need for in and outside the home.

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