Two in five of us will be looking to improve our homes in 2019, according to one new study. This is, of course, in keeping with the current preference for ‘improving not moving’, given the uncertainty over Brexit and so on.
For many, boosting the price tag of their property for when they do come to sell will be a key factor in their decision to enhance their home.
But it’s important that you make the right change if you’re looking to improve the value of your home – or you could be left feeling disappointed and out of pocket.
That’s especially the case given that, according to research by one investment services provider, a quarter of Brits are planning to part with more than £5,000 of their hard-earned cash on their project.
However, this sort of outlay doesn’t always pay off. Indeed, your home improvement, in the worst-case scenario, could end up costing more than it adds to the price of your house.
According to a report on the website Yourmoney.com, among the worst home improvement ideas for adding value to a place are:
However, among the most lucrative projects are:
A loft conversion
This adds a typical 12% to a house’s value, and, of course, provides an extra bedroom, office, home gym or storage space. What’s more, planning permission is rarely needed, and work can be done on these conversions all year round, in all weathers.
Again, an extension, adding on average 20% to a property price tag, gives you more space, however you decide to use it. You can tailor the design to your family’s needs, and, again, won’t always need planning permission. What’s more, an extension could mean you don’t have to move at all.
This usually adds 4% to a house price, and can be used in just about any way you need. Most obviously, it creates a great environment in which to kick back and relax. No planning permission is usually needed, and there are so many styles, sizes, shapes and designs from which to take your pick.
Unlock your home’s potential by going open-plan to create more space (adding on average 2%). You could have an incredible kitchen-diner, for example. It’s not always about the number of rooms in a house!
Double glazing enhances value by up to 4%. It’s the ideal form of insulation, with up to 50-70% of home heat lost through single-glazed windows. You can also look forward to less condensation on the panes.
If you go for double glazing, we at Isis Windows have been supply double glazing in the form of our replacement windows in Oxfordshire for well over two decades.
Our products include stylish uPVC or sash windows, offered at competitive prices and with high levels of quality and customer service. We also have stacks of key industry accreditations, including FENSA registration.
Isis Windows’ great-looking solutions improve the energy and thermal efficiency and security of your home, while also enhancing what estate agents call ‘kerb appeal’ for when you do eventually come to sell your property.
If you’re extending your home in any way, in line with the more lucrative home enhancements mentioned above, a new door could provide the ultimate finishing touch.
Like replacement windows, doors can work wonders for a home’s security, appearance and energy efficiency.
Our great line-up of solutions includes secure, modern composite doors and our ever-popular uPVC models, ideal for your front door, which is of course, hugely important as the gateway to your home and offering visitors’ first impression of the place.
We also supply equally important back portals, including sliding patio and bifolding doors, which could look perfect in that new extension.
And with two Bank Holidays coming up this month, you have the perfect chance to spend some time planning how to enhance your home while boosting its value.
Talk to us at Isis Windows today and book your free initial consultation.