When it comes to getting your feet on the property ladder, it can be a little overwhelming. Aside from finding the perfect property in your desired location, you’ve saved hard for the deposit then it’s all the legalities and formal processes to follow. You’re finally given the keys to your very own home and those bricks are all yours. You might not be thinking ahead to selling up just yet but your home could start losing its market value as soon as you walk in. Here’s 5 things to consider once you’re a homeowner to add value to your home.
Replace tired windows and doors
Well-fitting and secure doors and windows are essential to maintaining the safety of your home. Over the years, these fixtures and fittings will have been chosen to apply a certain look to the property. Back in the 1980’s white UPVC fixtures were popular with brown wood windows making it onto the market in the early 1990’s. Since the millennium, dark grey window frames and colourful composite doors have steadily gained in popularity as have the safety features within them. Changing doors and windows can ensure the heat inside your property is not lost and your windows and doors are secure as can be.
Is the boiler ok?
Having a home that is energy efficient is a great way to ensure that you keep the costs of running a warm home down. With the cost of living increasing every year, making sure you have the best systems in your home to help keep the costs down but provide an efficient service is essential. Get your boiler checked out by a registered Gas Engineer to ensure it is safe to use and that it is suitable for you and your family’s needs. As with all modern technology, boilers can now be fitted with connectivity capabilities so remotely access your boiler system to prevent heating the home unnecessarily.
Install a home alarm system
They say ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ and with security being at the forefront of home owners’ minds, making sure you have a suitable home alarm system is essential for all home owners. Whether you work from home or are working outside of the home at any given time during the week, having a reliable security service to protect your home is essential. Home alarm systems are steadily becoming more sophisticated and ensuring your home is protected 24/7 can provide you with peace of mind. In the event of a threat, security services can be triggered and appropriate emergency services can be called to provide you with assistance as soon as it is needed. With the threat of home security being more relevant these days, can you afford not to protect your home?
Making use of dead spaces
If your new home has a garage, a big garden or a spare bedroom, have you considered making use of the dead space? Turning this space into a useable room can add significant value to your home if done correctly. A derelict outbuilding could be transformed into a home office (insert home office link), your cupboard under the stairs converted into a downstairs toilet complete with wash basin and a large garden could accommodate a summer house, shed or home office. By utilising the space available on your plot could significantly add value to your home by adding additional living spaces to the floorplan.
Renovate the bathroom and the kitchen
The two most popular rooms in a house to be renovated as soon as there’s a new home owner include the bathroom and the kitchen. These two rooms are the most significant to add value to the home but rely heavily upon the style and layout of the rooms. Kitchens can date quite quickly given the trends and one popular look may be in fashion one year and gone the next. Similarly, bathrooms are rooms where trends of the year fall into play. According to research, more than half of the population prefer showers to baths and some may decide to remove their bathtub completely and replace it with a walk in shower. This may not work for subsequent homeowners, particularly those with a family.
The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home and the room in the house that sees the most traffic throughout the day. Kitchens are entirely personal and one person’s preference may not suit the new homeowner at all. Those with children make them their desired family eating space, a space to come together and talk about the day whilst enjoying food, either at the start of the day or at the end, a space for families to feel connected with each other without distractions of modern day living.
There are countless more ways of personalising your new home when you become a home owner but of course, it takes money and time. Identifying the areas where value could be added quickly and without too much fuss is a great way to make a house a home.