Increasing your property's value with home improvements

Increasing your property's value with home improvements

A property is one of the biggest financial investments you will make in your lifetime and with increased pressures on personal finances looming in later life, it makes sense to ensure that your home remains in tip top condition.

Jon Over, Managing Director at Goldstone Homes, provides his home improvement ideas for helping to increase your property’s value.

The heart of the home: the kitchen has become an integral part of modern day living and is often regarded as the heart of any home.  The key to creating a perfect kitchen is careful planning and quality fixtures and fittings.  Built in appliances, hard wearing worktops and timeless design will all help to add value.  However, don’t go overboard.  Keep the look and feel in line with the rest of your home and proportionate with your property’s value and the surrounding area.  

Conservatory/extension: creating extra space is always going to be a welcome addition for any property.  Do your research thoroughly and spend time focusing on what will work best for your property.  Speak to a professional tradesperson so you can ensure you are getting the best return on your investment.  Extra space should be seamless and work well with a property’s existing layout.  Out of place conservatories and clumsy shaped extensions are a no-no.   


Parking: the average UK family has two cars so parking is often at a premium especially on roads with older properties.  Using surplus space to the side, front or even the back of your property for off street parking is not only desirable to future buyers but also guarantees a safe space for your vehicle and helps to reduce the cost of your car insurance.  A good builder will be able to advise you on the best types of materials to use, accessibility and any relevant permissions required for lowering curbs adjacent to your proposed parking space.  

Conversions: loft or basement conversions are a great way to utilise existing space and create additional rooms.  Think about how the conversion will work with the current layout and what the conversion will mean in terms of added value.  For example, an additional bedroom won’t work in a four bedroom home with one bathroom unless you have space to create an en-suite facility as well.  Any undertaking this large should always be carried out by a professional.  Get recommendations for a reputable and reliable construction company and, if possible, view examples of previous projects that they have completed.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 16 Jun 2016

Seeing that the tenants are quite satisfied with their landlords and the properties is indeed great. I wonder, though, what is the situation in London alone? The tenants face sky-high rent levels in the...

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AndiMur
AndiMur 15 Jun 2016

TheGuardian published the same forecast. But on the other hand, professional brokers express different opinions. According totranio.com, an exit from the EU would not affect the demand/supply imbalance...

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Gary Holmes
Gary Holmes 14 Jun 2016

Having a professionally completed inventory at check-in and check-out is clearly (to me at least) of minor value. Tenants make un-authorised modifications and/or walk off with items that belong to the

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Violet Gibson
Violet Gibson 14 Jun 2016

Cautious people think buying off-plan is reckless, but over the past few years investors have literally made fortunes.Pre-release prices have obvious benefits for the developer, who gets instant finance...

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Kate Windleton
Kate Windleton 14 Jun 2016

An interesting research indeed. I guess that is in complete contrast with the United States where people often move from one coast to another. It will be interesting to hear the trends for people moving...

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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 14 Jun 2016

I think it all depends on the market conditions and how well your company is doing. You will agree that you can't demand more when you're killing yourself just to hang in there. Sometimes you need all

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 13 Jun 2016

What does "detecting a bad vibe" mean actually. I've had certain vibes like these and yet have always found a reason , if there's any, why I don't like a certain property. The property maintenance might...

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keybanks estates
keybanks estates 08 Jun 2016

Great News for first time buyers, about time two!

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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 07 Jun 2016

I agree with #6 - you should maintain your garden according to the target buyer. One thing is universal, though - cleanliness and order. Having the yard clutter-free and clean will help people who do enjoy...

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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 06 Jun 2016

I will always say that London is overrated. Sure it is the capital, but it's too stuffed in there. It's more of a business city to me.

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Paul
Paul 25 May 2016

Estate agents are pathetic when it comes to fees. They have this 'I had to do it at 1% because that's what the others were quoting' mentality. We are the most expensive agents in our area, charging double...

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