The price tags associated with home improvements can easily put you off going ahead with a project. After all, data from the Office for National Statistics has predicted that those in the UK collectively spend almost £30 billion on home improvements annually. That works out at £43 million each week.
Before you decide to cancel your home improvement projects due to high initial costs though, DM Design, a specialist design of fitted bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens in Glasgow, has carried out research to discover how much home improvements can add to your home’s value:
Fitting A New Kitchen
When you are in the process of buying a new kitchen, you not only need to consider where you are buying the kitchen from and what style you are going to opt for, but also who will install it. Phil Spencer, the presenter of both Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation, sums up the appeal of the kitchen by stating to The Telegraph: “If you are only going to improve one room, make it the kitchen. This has now become the showpiece area of the home. We don’t just cook in it, we do homework in it, we watch television in it and hold dinner parties there.”
However, you need to match the price bracket of a kitchen to the price bracket of the entire house. There’s not going to be very much value added to a house that’s valued at £170,000 if it’s fitted with a £25,000 kitchen. Get the balance right though and Phil points out that a new kitchen will typically add 4.6 percent to the overall value of a home. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) echoes this statement, acknowledging that a new kitchen will make a property more appealing and can add up to four percent to its overall value.
Fitting A New Bathroom
If you intend to stay in your home for a while, then the bathroom you choose should exactly reflect your desires and needs. However, if you might move on, then a neutral or classic – especially white – bathroom suite will usually be the most appealing and saleable in the long run.
Phil Spencer stressed that homeowners should aim to keep things simple when it comes to transforming a bathroom though. He points out: “You don’t need to do a lot with the room, it’s all about the features that you put in, such as a set of new taps, a heated chrome towel rail, a big new shower head, a power shower, and a glass screen or glass door instead of a shower curtain.”
In total, Phil calculates that a new bathroom will increase the value of a home by 2.88 percent.
Converting A Loft
If you have all the living space you need downstairs but are lacking bedrooms and bathrooms, then a loft conversion can be the perfect way to bring your home into proportion. Most are used for an extra bedroom or two with en-suite bathroom. Other popular uses include a teenage den, cinema room or home office. If your home has amazing views, you could consider moving some of the living spaces up into the new loft to take advantage of them.
The Nationwide Building Society estimates that a loft conversion may be able to add up to 21 percent onto the overall value of a home, while Nationwide indicates that adding a double bedroom to your property—to which the loft can be transformed into this suitable space — can add over 10 percent to the property’s value.
Just be aware that professional advice needs to be sought before planning a loft conversion, as the project has to meet both building and fire regulations.
Converting A Garage
As pointed out above, Nationwide estimates that over 10 percent can be added to the overall value of a home with the addition of a double bedroom. If a loft conversion doesn’t work for your property, or you are looking for another room to convert, consider transforming a garage.
Phil Spencer states that 90 percent of British garages do not contain a car, so could be better served as either a living space or indeed another bedroom. In general, the British media personality and television presenter says that the value added can be calculated by multiplying the square footage gained by local price per square foot.
Adding A Conservatory
In the old days, conservatories were for plants. Now they’re very definitely for humans, especially those seeking flexible extra space in their home. The fact that conservatories are so flexible is what makes them so popular: you can use a conservatory as a dining room, TV lounge or playroom, and you can alter its use as your family’s needs change. This makes it a cost-effective way to extend a property.
Therefore, aim to create your conservatory with glass as opposed to uPVC. A high-quality conservatory can add as much as five percent to the home’s overall value, according to property valuation providers Yopa, though Phil Spencer is confident that 11 percent will be added to the value if the conservatory is part of a full-blown extension.
Improving The Garden
Before you push forward with adding a conservatory to your home though, be sure that it doesn’t take too much away from the property’s main garden. This is because a property’s outdoor space can also add substantial value.
When improving the look of a garden, you should aim to ensure it is accessible and can be enjoyed even by those who are in the house. For this, consider fitting glass doors which open out into the garden and install high-quality outdoor lighting throughout the garden.
Furthermore, Phil Spencer has advised that simply installing decking around your property’s outdoor space can add up to two percent to the home’s overall value.