Whether you have just bought your dream home or you’ve been living in your home for a while, it is likely the purchase of it was a big investment, maybe even the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Therefore, you might be wondering ‘what’s the best way to add value?’ We’ve put together our top 10 ways!

Extend

Probably the most obvious but maybe the most costly way to add value to your home is by extending it to add extra space like with this single-storey kitchen extension. According to Homebuilding & Renovating a single storey extension build could be in the region of £30,000 to £38,000 for a 4m x 5m extension, which doesn’t include, of course, the other costs associated with this such as the cost to fit out your new room. For example, if it is a kitchen that opens up to your garden like this one, maybe you’ll want some new patio doors like this customer’s ÜberSlide slimline aluminium sliding doors?

If you’re planning on selling your home down the line then an extension might not be the right choice for you as it is likely, according to Checkatrade, to add on average only 5-8% to the value of your home. However, if you plan on living there for many years to come or it is your forever home, then extending the space you have is a no brainer.

Something else worth noting is it may be more cost-effective and better space-wise to add a double-storey extension rather than just a single.

A garden room/office

Potentially a cheaper alternative to extending your home is the addition of a garden room. The average cost is between £2,000 for a ‘do it yourself’ job to £20,000 plus for a more luxurious offering with patio doors, such as this one featuring our aluminium French doors and windows.

Credit: William Stovell Developments

Garden rooms are ideal for home offices, hobby rooms and gyms, and have been on the wish list of many recent home buyers with people spending more time at home since the pandemic. They also add space without the disruption to the rest of your home, which an extension tends to bring, and most do not require planning permission.

However, you’ll want to make sure you have enough space in your garden for one of these outdoor buildings as, if it was to take over and leave you with nowhere to enjoy the great outdoors, it could have the opposite effect on the value of your home. Typically, it is regarded, that a garden room can add 1.5x its value to your home depending on its quality.

Upgrade your glazing

Your home may already have double glazing as this is the standard for homes nowadays but triple glazing is the way forward. With increased energy efficiency saving you energy and money on your bills, it is also likely to add value to your home and it won’t cost much more than new double glazing either. But don’t just replace like for like. Think about how you can create even more of a wow factor with your glazing.

If you have the space to do so why not open up your home with patio doors. Not just for the kitchen, you can see this customer has two sets of timber bifold doors opening up two separate areas of their home onto their outdoor space. Each also features the addition of fixed glazing to one side to let in even more natural light. They haven’t stopped there either…they’ve created a wall of timber fixed glazing in the master bedroom to create a unique feature and that all-important wow factor.

Kitchen makeover

It is often said the kitchen is the heart of the home largely because it is an area where we tend to spend a lot of our time which is why, when it comes to a kitchen makeover, we like to splash out, replacing the whole kitchen and sometimes even the glazing too, as this customer has with their aluminium casement windows which we think really add to the modern look and feel.

However, kitchen makeovers can also be one of the most cost-effective ways to add value to your home as there are less-expensive alternatives when giving it a facelift that won’t break the bank. For instance, a new lick of paint either on the walls or the kitchen units is one of the cheapest ways to give your kitchen a brand new look without it costing the earth and if you are thinking of selling your home, this may be the best way to invest without going over the top and reducing your profit. New flooring and lighting are also cheaper alternatives to replacing your whole kitchen, and these more simple changes can still make it feel brand new. Even a professional deep clean could give your kitchen the makeover you think it needs!

Exterior makeover

There is nothing like a first impression and whether you’re thinking of selling your home or not, the kerb appeal – the way your home looks from the outside – can either add to or reduce the value of your home.
Keeping the exterior of your home clean and tidy is the easiest and cheapest way to retain its kerb appeal. On-going maintenance jobs such as making sure the gutters are clear, keeping the grass cut, and removing leaks and spills on your driveway are some of the simplest tasks that can have the biggest impact. Adding plants, repairing and painting fences and even painting the exterior of your home are also great ways to increase its kerb appeal too. Take it one step further and upgrade your front door adding a splash of colour like this customer has with their orange timber FunkyFront door.

Add off-street parking

Let’s face it, one of the most frustrating things about having a car is finding somewhere to park it and if your home doesn’t have a driveway or allocated parking space, you may be having daily wars with your neighbours to get parked close to your home. Reduce the frustration and give up some of your front garden in favour of a parking space. Not only will it be a big plus for you but it will also add value, especially as off-street parking is often one of the biggest must-haves on a buyer’s list.

You’ll need to contact your local council for your kerb to be dropped and it is worth thinking about the design rather than just creating a large paved area. In most cases, a low-maintenance driveway is the best way to add value and ease to your daily parking life.

New flooring

Tired looking worn-out flooring can make your home’s interior look tired and worn out too, even if you have recently given everything else a refresh. However, depending on your flooring, it might just need a bit of TLC rather than a complete replacement. For instance, if you have solid wood flooring, you may be able to sand it down and restain it to make it look brand new and this may be a cheaper way to add value too.

If replacement is your only option, think about the flooring and your overall interior design before you go ahead and replace it. Tiles and wood flooring are super practical for high footfall areas such as your kitchen and living rooms but carpets add more warmth and can sometimes add more value.

If you have patio doors opening out to an outdoor space, take this into consideration as internal flooring which blends well with your patio flooring can help to connect the two spaces cohesively, see this example of a customer has matched their patio tiles with a similar tile colour and style on the inside. We also like how they have chosen tiles to contrast with their timber bifolds a bolder effect than if they had continued with the wooden flooring.

Bathroom update

As with a kitchen makeover, there are two different ways you can make updates to add value; the splash-out and replace everything option or the cheaper more DIY option. The one you pick will probably depend on the current state of your bathroom and if you are planning on staying in your home or selling it soon.

In general, a bathroom needs to look fresh and hygienic for it to add value so if you are swaying more to the cheaper DIY side, a fresh lick of paint on the walls and even your tiles will help as long as your suite is not badly stained, chipped or of an unfashionable colour i.e. the 1950s/1960s pink or green. If your suite is past its best then it might be a good opportunity to add a touch of luxury when replacing. For example, it is widely known that underfloor heating not only saves you wall space, as you will no longer need a radiator, but it will also be more energy efficient which will add value to your home.

Think about design too, don’t be boring with an all-white bathroom as colour in the right place can still look clean and fresh, like with this customer. We couldn’t help admiring the colour of their cabinetry whilst fitting their aluminium casement windows, and how it compliments their off-white tiles. Also if you only have one bathroom, make sure it has a shower as this is on the majority of home buyers’ must-haves list.

Go green

We’ve all been recycling for years but with the increasing desire to help the planet and to save ourselves money, alongside the rising cost of energy bills, it is even more necessary to go green with your home and some of the ways to do this will add value too. For example, investing in solar panels provides your home with a greener energy source which, alone, will be a positive for potential homebuyers who are more planet conscious. They also can help you to save up to £415 a year on your energy bills according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Of course, there is the upfront cost of installation so if you are planning on selling your home this may not be the best option for you but there are cheaper ways to increase the greenness of your home. For example, making sure it has the right amount of insulation in the roof. The cost to increase this is relatively cheap and it will help to reduce your energy bills with less heating being lost overall.

Loft conversion

Lastly on our list of ways to add value to your home is converting your loft. As with a single-storey extension, a loft conversion will add extra space to your home, traditionally in the shape of an extra bedroom. If you have space to do so, adding a bathroom along with that extra bedroom could add more than 20% of the value to your home, according to Nationwide. Therefore, as long as you keep the cost in proportion to this, it is a great way to add space and value to your home no matter whether you are staying there for life or if you are considering selling up and moving on in a few years to come.

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Or if you have any questions regarding the glazing products featured, our team will be more than happy to answer them. You can contact them by calling 01487 740044 or emailing us at info@kloeber.co.uk.

Posted: April 20, 2022

Category: Home Decor