High quality, desirable home improvements such as loft conversions and double glazing can be a good way to make your home more comfortable, and increase its value on the market. They can also help to lessen the impact your family has on the environment and could save you money on utilities. Poorly chosen, or botched home improvements, however, can do a lot of harm to your home. Before you rush out to hire some contractors or pick up tools yourself, check out this list of home improvements that can be great value for money. Perhaps one of these should top your renovation list?
1. Double Glazing
If you don’t have double glazing already, then you should definitely consider getting it installed. It will make your home quieter and less draughty, reduce your heating bills, and increase the value of your home. Installation is usually a fairly quick process too.
2. A Loft Conversion
Loft conversions are a good way to increase the amount of space available in your home. They also do this without the environmental impact of a regular extension to your home as no further foundations are required. Simple loft conversions (such as adding an extra bedroom) can be fairly inexpensive. If you pay a little extra to get an en-suite bathroom installed too, then this will add a lot of value to your home. Check with an real estate agent before you opt for a loft conversion if your primary concern is return on investment. It is possible to “over-upgrade” your home compared to others in the area.
Insulating your home might not enhance its looks but you’ll definitely feel the benefit next winter, adding insulation to your roof and walls is quick cheap and will instantly reduce your bills.
4. Installing or Upgrading Central Heating
Adding central heating to a home that does not currently have it can increase the value of the property by up to 13%. If your home already has central heating, but it’s fairly old, then it may be worth investing in a new energy-efficient boiler. It may not be the most exciting of home improvements, but it could save you a lot of money on your heating bills, and will make your home more appealing to eco-conscious buyers.
5. Open Plan Living
If you’ve just invested in a loft conversion, and have moved your bedrooms upstairs, then why not open up some space and try open-plan living? The benefits are numerous – a nice sociable living space, lots of natural light, and plenty of fresh air. Open plan living is best suited for households with older children, and no pets, as a shared kitchen/living space can be dangerous if you have young children running around. If your lifestyle suits it, though, it’s a nice way to live, and can appeal to a lot of buyers.
This post was written on behalf of Buckley Loft Conversions by James Harper.