7 home improvements that add value to your property
Maybe you need more space for your family – or you’re thinking about climbing a rung on the property ladder? When it comes to selling your home, you’ll undoubtedly be hoping that the value has increased since you bought it. Your house will undoubtedly be more attractive to buyers with some sprucing up and improvements – and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Adding an extension will likely reap high rewards, but smaller changes can make a real difference too. We’ve listed some of the changes you can make to really make your property stand out.
Replace Old Windows
Double-glazing is now considered essential by many homebuyers, so it’s a worthy investment if your home is single glazed. Particularly important if the house is on a busy road, double glazing can stop those noisy roads decreasing your property’s value, as well as keeping the home warm and cosy. You may also consider adding in extra windows, which will not only make your home brighter but will make rooms feel larger too. Be sure to keep the design of the home in mind – sash windows work best in period properties.
Improve Energy Efficiency
When you put your home on the market, it will be examined for its energy efficiency and given an EPC rating (Energy Performance Certificate). The rating will help your prospective buyers understand if the house is built to modern standards, thereby allowing them to work out how much it’s likely to cost to heat.
Windows will help again here. Ensure all windows across the home are double glazed and thermal insulated sealed to reduce heat loss. You might also consider adding insulation, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs or upgrading your boiler to improve your EPC rating.
Convert Your Loft
One of the larger projects on our list, loft conversations can cost around £500/m2 – however, this is around half of what you’d pay for an extension of this size elsewhere in the home, and it can really add to the resale value of your house. Loft extensions are also considerably less of an expense than digging down into the basement. Being able to add another bedroom to the property can be a game-changer; they also function well as a second living room, a snug or for a little wow factor you could kit your loft out as a gym.
Increase Kerb Appeal
First impressions count – most buyers decide if they like a property before they even get into the house, and it’s hard to shake off wrong first impressions, even if the inside of your home is beautiful.
Try repainting walls or replacing old garage doors to improve the exterior appearance. You can also add window shutters – the only kind of window dressing that will actually add value to your home. With their visual appeal plantation shutters tick a lot of homebuyers boxes. If you only can afford to install them on one side of your home, make it the front rooms. You’ll then not only benefit from the benefits of privacy at the front of your property, but it will also ensure your house really stands out from the crowd.
Add a conservatory
Conservatories can add up to 10% value on your property, and it’s easy to see why. They connect the outdoors and indoors, creating an oasis of calm and tranquillity within the home. A conservatory will fill the house with natural light and warmth as well as increasing the square footage of your property. Conservatories are generally easier to get planning permission for than other extensions, so they are a great option if you are keen to increase the size and therefore the value of your home.
When adding your conservatory, factor in other elements that will add even more value to your home, such as lusted after bi-fold doors – a contemporary option that is in high demand from homebuyers.
Tidy up your garden
Gardens are a crucial and often overlooked element of making the sale to your buyers. Outdoor spaces have become a room in their own right, adding more options for entertaining, dining and play. Invest in some landscaping to make your outdoor space stand out and create zones within the space. A well-designed decking area will extend the buyers perception of the home’s size, and adding outdoor awning creates a stylish space for entertaining outdoors, whatever the weather!
Last but by no means least, if you’re hoping to sell your property, remember than a few small touches can go a long way.
Consider who your potential buyers are, and think about what they might want from the property. If it’s likely to attract young families consider turning a spare bedroom into a nursery or playroom. If your home is more likely to be of interest to young professionals, presenting a spare room as an office can help them envisage themselves living there.
Oh, and fresh air and fresh flowers still go a long way! Good luck, and don’t forget to check out our ranges of blinds, doors, windows and so much more when you start your home improvements.
How Bi-folding doors transform a home
There are some changes we can make to our homes that entirely reinvent the space – bi-folding doors are one of these miraculous renovations that just transform a room.
Often seen on Grand Designs and in glossy mags, bi-fold doors create epic open space, offering an unobscured view of your garden and letting natural light stream in. Pairing well with a conservatory or open plan kitchen, they provide flexible dining opportunities and truly complement landscaped gardens with decking or a patio. Their concertina style creates a stunning open space in your home.
Flexible Designs for your Family
Unlike conventional sliding patio doors, bi-fold doors fill an entire wall of your home and open fully to exquisitely merge your home and garden. Our designs offer up to 7 leafs, providing boundless options to suit your home, all set on runners making opening and closing them a breeze and completely safe, especially if you have children. A primary door that can be opened on its own allows total flexibility.
A Striking Feature
Connecting the exterior of your home to your garden provides a wall of light when open or closed creating an incredible feeling of spaciousness and height. Clean lines and maximum glass coverage are perfect for opening up smaller spaces or enjoying your garden year round. Hosting a party? Open the doors to extend your entertaining space, easily moving furniture between your garden and home. You might also consider installing a system with multiple sets of doors, optimising your vista and creating a striking feature, open or shut.
Improve Energy Efficiency
Bi-fold doors allow you to open or close an entire wall of your home – meaning you can integrate your living environments and become more energy efficient. In the height of summer, rather than turning on fans and AC just open the doors and let the breeze come through. The high quality aluminum doors also keep heat in during winter, insulating your home to the highest standard. Eco-conscious consumers will be pleased to know that aluminum doors are recyclable – in fact recycling aluminum only requires 5% of the energy used when producing it from raw materials.
Bi-folding doors are a high-end, modern alternative to French doors that are perfect for contemporary living, adding both finesse and value to your home. Aluminum’s longevity will ensure that you’re making a sound investment, and your property will no doubt stand out on the market if you choose to sell.
No Security Compromises
Our robust aluminum designs are incredibly secure, making it the ideal choice for your home and family. All doors are fitted with high quality security features as standard.
If your sliding patio doors or French doors need an upgrade, then bi-folding doors are a fantastic, contemporary option to explore. Not to mention, our 25-year guarantee and new Interest Free Credit facility will provide you with complete peace of mind. Book an appointment today with our experienced and friendly team to hear more about our versatile and bespoke designs.