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To renovate or not? That is a critical question that you need to answer when you are planning to put your home up for sale.

If you are trying to work your way up to buying your dream house, it is important to know how to best maximise the value of your current property. The following are some of the best renovation projects that add the most value to a house. These values are not guaranteed and are all statistical assessments.

1. Convert your garage into a living area

15% Potential Value Added

If you are not using your garage to store a car in, it may make sense for you to convert it into a living area – especially if there is parking space available outside.

The first step that you should take is to check to see if your garage is well-suite for converting and whether or not you are going to need planning permission. The work that is involved in getting a garage converted in many cases with be classed as being permitted development. Therefore, you won’t need to obtain planning permission. However, you should always check with the local planning authority to make sure. If you’ve got items in your garage that you need to remove, using self storage in Maida Vale can be useful.

2. Extend your kitchen by adding a side-return extension

15% Potential Value Added

A side return is a type of narrow alley which runs adjacent to a kitchen in a typical semi-attached or terrace house. When you extend your kitchen to the full width of the rest of your house and into a side return it results in you gaining valuable space and can improve your layout as well.

A side-return single-storey extension usually is classified as permitted development, as long as you meet certain conditions and limits. For example, it can be no wider than half the wide of the original home and a maximum of 4m high.

3. Add a conservatory to increase your living space

Up to 10% Potential Value Added

If you would like to feel a bit closer to nature, then a completely glazed conservatory merges the outdoors and indoors. To get started with this project, consider how you would like to use the space and whether a traditional or modern style will suit your lifestyle and home the best.

The glass will be the main part of the conservatory, so carefully explore your options. Although the minimum standard that is allowed by building regulations is double glazing, there is a range of various glazing options that are available, which include self-cleaning glass and solar glass. Again, consider which will suit your home and lifestyle the best.

There are different frame options to consider as well. The material that you select will affect the conservatory’s performance directly – aluminium, timber, and UPVC frame all have their own qualities, so ask for advice from experts and do research on your own as well.

4. Add a new bathroom

3-5% Potential Value Added

A new bathroom can definitely increase your property’s value. However, it can be a rather expensive investment. Fortunately, making updates on a budget is possible.

To order to keep your expenses down, retain the current layout. Moving sanitary ware around may mean having to relocate water inlets and soil pipes, and that can add to your overall expenses. Are you planning to update the shower enclosure? If so, framed enclosures have a tendency to be less expensive compared to frameless models. Select an exposed shower model instead of a concealed one: it costs more to install a concealed one since the pipes have to be chased into a wall.

Wall-hung sanitary ware is also usually more expensive compared to floor-mounted versions. That is due to the fact that brackets and cisterns need to be concealed inside the walls. You can save even more money by using a bathroom suite rather than buying individual pieces. Also, watch for seasonal sales to save even more money.

5. Make an open-plan living area

3-5% Potential Value Added

Your home can be transformed and you can save on extension costs by knocking the wall down that separates the living room and kitchen. It can be either a job that needs to be done by professionals or a DIY project: it all depends on whether or not it is a load-bearing wall. If so, then it could be disastrous to try to take it down yourself without help from a professional.

If it isn’t an option to knock down the internal wall, then you may want to consider a side or rear extension. Although it can be time-consuming and expensive, it will give you the exact space you need and potentially add value to your property as well.

Post Author: Leeann Mauzy