Getting the most out of your home has always been important. Home owners and home buyers are usually concerned with space – that is to say obtaining as much space as possible or maximising what is currently available.
There are a number of home improvements you can make to increase the value of your property as well as make it a nicer more comfortable place to live. Here we’ll show you exactly what you should be focusing on for maximum return.
- Build a Loft Conversion
For a lot of people, roof space is wasted space. It’s either full of junk or unsuitable for habitation. Fortunately, a loft conversion is a great way to add another room to your house. Better yet, if on the rear elevation of your property, you may not even have to apply for planning permission leaving just building regulation compliance to be obtained.
Most people choose to make their lofts a bedroom which could add thousands to the value of your property.
- Build a Conservatory
Conservatories have always been popular. Most houses will have one but if you don’t, consider how it could add usable space to your home. Typically made from glass, conservatories make a great sun lounge that you can use in the Summer as an accompaniment to your garden.
Planning regulations are ever changing, but if your proposed conservatory is under a certain size, you might be able to proceed without planning permission which will save you money. As with the loft conversion, you will still require building control approval.
- Convert Your Basement
Most modern properties won’t have a basement but if you’re lucky enough to, consider using it for more than storing bottles of wine. Basements are usually pretty big so you could gain a living room sized space if planned correctly.
Your basement could even be converted into a separate property which you could let or sell.
- Do Away with the Garage
If you always keep your car on the drive but never in the garage, consider turning it into more functional space. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a games room or a spare bedroom. Maybe you want to remodel, and move the kitchen elsewhere. Whatever you decide, a garage conversion could be ideal for making your house more attractive to potential buyers. If you have property for sale in Braintree or the surrounding areas within Essex, consider getting in touch with an estate agent. They will be able to tell you whether garages are considered a must have in your area or whether buyers would rather another room.
- Paint Your House
If your existing paint scheme is looking a little tired, think about freshening it up with a coat of paint. Avoid any garish colours and consult your local authority planning department first. If your external walls have been rendered then white is always a popular colour.
With the above tips, you should be well on your way to extracting the maximum value out of your home. Even if you have no intention of selling, more internal space will make your home that little bit more usable.