Every homeowner will look for ways to improve their house’s overall value by adding valuable features to their home. If you are looking to sell and move on up the property ladder anytime soon, there are improvements you can make that can help you increase your valuation when it’s due.
Even if you aren’t looking to move any time soon, consistently making home improvements is never a bad idea. Not only can it improve your quality of life, but it’ll also be an investment for the future if you ever do choose to move on.
In today’s article, we will explore a few options to improve your house value through house improvements.
1. Buy And Fit Modern Radiators
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When was the last time your radiators were replaced? If you don’t know, it’s probably time to invest in new radiator units for your home.
Radiators are an essential part of any home, and if your home has older radiator units, not only will it impact a house valuation, but they could also be costing you extra money every month.
Older radiator units tend to be less energy efficient than modern radiators. This is due to several factors, for example, the material of the radiator chassis or the heating technology used in the unit.
Aside from this, modern radiators also come in all sizes, making them more efficient at heating a space. Vertical radiators are a perfect example of this, as they will be proficient at heating rooms with high ceilings or stairwells.
Replacing your radiators is a great way to improve your home value!
2. Replace Loft Insulation
Most homes and flats will have some loft space accessible via a ladder. These spaces are prone to drafts and, if moisture gets in, can rot and become damp.
Replacing the insulation foil or membrane behind any plywood paneling in your loft roof is a brilliant way to get a better energy efficiency rating for the home, and this will, in turn, improve the overall valuation of your home.
For those who know their way around joinery tools, replacing insulation foil or membrane isn’t as difficult as it may seem. As a DIY project, new insulation can easily be fitted in a loft space over a weekend (provided you have all the materials to hand).
If in doubt, a local contractor could fit new insulation with ease.
3. Purchase And Install A Modern Security System
Investing in smart security systems is another fantastic way to increase the value of a home. Most smart technology systems can be integrated with ease to provide a home or flat with top-notch, around-the-clock security measures that are desirable features to have.
It can be as simple as replacing the security light in your back garden or something as high-tech as a biometric locking system on the front door (which is becoming increasingly more accessible commercially).
Other options could be fitting sensors to windows, replacing old locks with new ones, and setting up a remote CCTV system for monitoring your home from afar.
Leaving all these features with your home when you move is a great way to attract security-conscious buyers.
4. Upgrade Your Windows
If you still have single glazing, then now is the time to consider upgrading your windows. With winters getting colder and Autumn becoming stormier, double-glazing is quickly becoming a huge selling point for potential buyers.
With the cost of heating your home in the winter going up, people will be looking for homes that have fantastic insulation options, and windows are a huge part of insulating a home well.
Even if you currently have double glazing, it may be worth having a professional inspect the windows and their structural integrity. If your windows are fairly old, they may not be as effective as they should be.
5. Replace Carpets
Carpets work well for a lot of homes, but a hardwood, vinyl, or laminate floor is a far more attractive type of flooring to potential buyers. Carpets require regular maintenance and must be replaced far sooner than their hard flooring counterparts.
New buyers and landlords alike will often prefer hard flooring solutions over carpets due to their longer lifespan and the fact that they are far easier to clean and maintain.
That being said, buying a few rugs for the flat can provide some benefits that carpets provide without as many downsides.
Additionally, if you are fairly technical-minded, you could install the flooring yourself. Many quick-step vinyl options nowadays have ‘clip-in’ technology, making them very easy to lay.
Only you will know what is best for your home in terms of improvements. Use these suggestions as a springboard, and always consult with a property expert before making any huge changes!