Adding Value To Our First Home
Our house purchase was of course the biggest purchase we have ever made. It’s not our forever home by any means but it was a great way to get ourselves onto the property ladder. We went for a house that needed some work as it was in the village we wanted. So although it was an investment it’s also something that hopefully when we come to sell, it will have increased in value. We have made lots of changes in the hope that when it comes to selling up, we should make some money on the house. Here are some of the ways we have been trying to do just that.
When it comes to our home, the kitchen is definitely the main hub of it. Not only is it the place that we cook meals, but also a place where the children can do their homework, we eat all of our meals in here, and we love nothing more than entertaining and catching up with friends and loved ones in our kitchen diner. So naturally renovating the kitchen, although it was a big job, was high on our priority list. What we have done will also probably of increased the value of our home considerably. There is no denying that our kitchen renovations were a LOT of hassle, but it was so worth it!
Just like the kitchen, the second room that tends to cost the most to do up is the bathroom. But it can also add considerable value when done right. This will be our next big renovation project. We want to knock down the wall between our bathroom and toilet which will be much more practical. The plan is to also convert the built in cupboard into a shower too. I have lots of ideas for this one so it’s not only nicer for us while we live here but also it will make it much more appealing to buyers in the future too.
I have said it before but simply just decorating our home has given it a whole new feel as well as adding value to it. I imagine most buyers prefer a more natural and neutral colour scheme. So that they can imagine their furniture, the things they like and their taste in your home. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use bolder colours, because you can always paint over it when it comes to selling!
Adding an extension will always be one of the biggest ways to add value to any property, but for us that just isn’t an option as we have a very small garden. But what we did do was we changed what was a brick built outhouse into our utility room. Which was a much better use of the space!
Finally, converting a loft area or a garage if you have one can be a great way to add living space or bedrooms to your home without the need to extend. It can still give you considerable value, but the structure is already there to work with so it potentially could be an easier build project to take on. I don’t think we would convert into our loft, mainly because we really value that space. We sadly don’t have a garage but if we did I would be very tempted to convert some of the space into something more useful!
I hope these ideas have given you some inspo if you are thinking of ways you can add value to your home too. We’re considering getting ours valued soon as we’re curious to see how much value the renovations we have done have added!
*Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*