When people think about adding value to their homes, the first thing that leaps to mind is spending a lot of money on replacing the kitchen, the bathroom or converting space in your home. However, there are lots of ways that you can improve your house value without spending your life savings.
- Check your central heating
Central heating is something that we all take for granted but updating your central heating system will always add more value to your home than it costs to put in. Replacing your old boiler with a combi-boiler improves energy efficiency and adds value, but if you have a working and efficient boiler then you might want to consider replacing older radiators with newer ones, adding under floor heating to the tiled kitchen floor, fitting a heated towel rail in each of the bathrooms or even adding more radiators where possible.
- Fix structural problems
Though there are many things that you can learn to live with in a home, when it comes to increasing the value of your property, there are some things that should never be ignored. To begin with, check your roof and your gutters. If you have tiles or slates, there may be some missing that need to be replaced, or your may have an unstable chimney stack that needs to be dealt with. If you have a thatched roof, is it still in good condition? When was the last time that you had it re-thatched? You shouldn’t just check the exterior, but the interior of the roof as well. If there any leaks then you’ll want to get them fixed too.
You may want to also check for broken or rotten joists, problems with your water tanks, repair any cracks in your walls (especially around door frames where teenagers have been slamming doors), rising damp, insect infestations, broken floor tiles, collapsed floors, bowing walls and leaking radiators.
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but it doesn’t have to be a full scale renovation. If you have a room with tired looking wallpaper, replacing it with walls painted in muted colours is an easy way to refresh the look of the room and help increase the value of your property. Renting a steam cleaner to clean carpets, windows, tiles and wooden floors can bring a new lease of life without forcing you to replace all your flooring.
Replace tired, outdated and broken fixtures. Whether it is window dressing in the form of lampshades in the living room, or replacing your old and yellowed light switch casings with new brilliant white ones, the small touches can really have a big impact. Things such as glossing interior doors, replacing door handles, identifying and replace failed double glazing panes, replacing the filters over windows, and even replacing the unit doors in your kitchen (instead of having the whole thing replaced) are simple ways that you can boost your property value.
One area that most people neglect or even forget about is the garden, but ensuring that your garden is looking its best can really improve your property value. If you have a shed that’s rotten and falling down or a broken greenhouse, these need to be disposed of and replaced if necessary. Having a children’s play set can help to add value to a property, but if it is falling apart and badly rusted it won’t help improve anything. Is the lawn covered in weeds? Is the patio or decking area in good shape and been power-washed to show it off at its best? Have all the flower beds been weeded and planted? Have you kept the lawn well mown and free of bald patches? Have the shrubs and trees been pruned? They may seem like silly questions, but an untamed wilderness at the back of your house that’s filled with rubbish is not going to increase property value. A well-tended and neat garden will, no matter what size it is.
- Replacing your garage door
Another thing that many people overlook when it comes to adding property value is the garage door. Though you see it every time you pull onto your driveway, when is the last time that you checked your garage door? A new garage door that fits with the exterior design of your house can go a long way to helping improve your property value. Not only does it improve the look of your home, but also the security. If you are replacing your central heating and you are looking at the energy efficiency of your property, then you might want to think about having a sectional garage door installed. Not only do they offer security, but also thermal insulation that is ideal for garages and workshops alike. There are a number of sectional garage doors on the market, but Sectional Garage Doors are the best engineered garage doors on the market and come with rubber weather seals that will keep your garage dry as well as secure.