Add Value to your Home

The following advice covers 23 suggested ways that certain architectural works, considerations and/or priorities can all Add Value to Your Home . Produced by the excellent specialist publication Homebuilding & Renovating , it is extracted in itemised format below. Click on the link above to access it in full:

  1. “Deal with Structural Issues – Want to know how to add value to your home by making sure it’s structurally safe and secure? Then make sure you are on top of structural issues.
  2. Add Value to Your Home With a New Heating System – If you are wondering how to add value to your home, look no further than the existing central heating system.
  3. Will a Garden Office Add Value? – There has been a massive shift in the amount of people working from home, so garden offices are a big selling point and can add value to your home.
  4. Rewiring and Replumbing Old Houses – Updating services, such as wiring and plumbing is a disruptive job and will involve lifting floors and chasing out plaster, so it’s essential to complete the work before making any cosmetic improvements.
  5. Add Bifold Doors – Create instant wow factor and lots of light with some new bifold doors.
  6. Consider a Loft Conversion – In terms of adding value, it is likely to be a very good investment providing it adds more accommodation than it takes away.
  7. Invest in Solar Panels – Solar panels are a great investment and can certainly help increase the value of your home, especially in today’s eco-conscious world.
  8. How to Add Value to Your Home by Decorating – Decorating is perhaps the most obvious task when thinking about how to add value to your home. 
  9. Will New Windows Add Value? – Double-glazing is now considered an essential by many buyers and adding it will increase the value of your property.
  10. Remodelling Jobs That Add Value – One of the best ways to add value to house? Improve the existing layout — before you consider extending. 
  11. Add an Extra Bedroom – If in any doubt about how to add value to your home, adding in an extra bedroom is a great place to start.
  12. Kitchen Makeovers That Add Value – An attractive, clean and sociable kitchen is essential both to buyers and valuation surveyors. Before replacing an entire kitchen, consider the fundamentals .
  13. Easy Bathroom Updates – Bathrooms need to be fresh and hygienic looking, but are also a great place to add a touch of luxury for that value-adding wow-factor.
  14. Give Your Garden a Makeover – Redesigning your garden, making sure it is not only attractive and well designed, but also tidy, can not only add value to your home but will also help to make the property more appealing to buyers.
  15. Exterior Home Makeovers – First impressions count, and this is a crucial element if you are trying to sell your home. 
  16. Will a Conservatory Add Value? – A conservatory or garden room usually adds far more to the value of a property than it costs, providing it is designed, built and integrated into the layout of the house in the right way. 
  17. Quick Ways to Add a Wow Factor – Incorporating a couple of interesting features into your home is a great idea for those wondering how to add value to a house
  18. Add Value by Getting Planning Permission and Renewing Leaseholds – A property with a diminishing lease will begin to reduce in value once it gets to under 60 years. Once the lease on a property gets below 30 years it can be difficult to get a mortgage. 
  19. Highlight Original Features – Inappropriate alterations or additions to a property can depress its value and so it follows that removing them can add value.
  20. Create a Driveway – Creating one or two parking spaces in front of, or alongside, a property can add significant value, even if it means sacrificing part of even all of a front garden.
  21. Clever Storage Ideas – Built-in storage space should be high on your priority list if you are looking at how to add value to your home — it is a real selling point.
  22. Add a Bathroom to Add Value – This is often a good investment, especially if it creates an en suite to the master bedroom.
  23. Easy Ways to Update Interiors – Just by decluttering, adding a lick of paint and careful styling, it is possible to add 5–10% to the value of a property”.

Working With an Architect on Your Home

Check out the advice from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and download their various free guides, including their information and advocacy on the benefits of Working With an Architect on Your Home .

Ian Banks has been a Chartered RIBA Architect now for over 30 years, and would be delighted to assist you. Call him now on 07717710014 or email him at .

For an accurate estimate of how much any potential house extension works will cost, you can use the Real Homes extension cost calculator or you can check out Atoll’s own detailed Benchmark Cost Guide.

Further information and guides are also accessible off the new Houzz Pro website for Atoll Architecture.

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