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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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 09 Dec 2017

Linking professionalism to limited company borrowing is a flawed concept. Despite S24 etc., limited companies are the most tax inefficient way of running a property business and leave borrowers seriously...

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

It's normal. If you plan to buy a house in one of the most beautiful spots in the country you should pay a high price.

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

I think that the situation will be the same at December.

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Scott Garnet
Scott Garnet 06 Nov 2017

If you have a patio or a porch it is important to make sure that any connecting doors are secured. Good advice for sliding glass doors is replacing the panels with storm resistant glass and getting heavier...

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 01 Nov 2017

What has not been mentioned here is the effect of not only higher interest payments, but also that these payments are less likely to be offsettable as a business cost due to the scaling back of mortgage...

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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