There are many do’s and don’ts when tackling Home Renovation Projects, knowing what will add value and what will be a waste of money will save you a lot of tears and heart ache when you come to sell your property. You need to ensure that the renovations you carry out match the style of your home—not your personal style.
Renovations can definitely pay off in the end if you plan, be objective, and have realistic expectations.
Before starting out check out your neighbourhood, you need to keep to the standards of your neighbours.
If you over renovate by adding features that do not fit in with the other properties in the area you are likely to create a white elephant which will be harder to sell in the future.
Things To Do
Kitchen and Bathrooms
Buyers consider the kitchen one of the most important selling points in the house, with bathrooms coming in a close 2nd. So if your kitchen looks like it’s a set from a 1970s TV show then now is the time to update this room. The same goes for the bathrooms avocado green suites have not made a comeback, instead replace with white units and finish off with chrome accessories.
A big draw for home buyers is new double glazed windows, replacing these features is definitely a good idea when it comes to renovating your home. Not only are they pleasing to look at they also will help improve the performance of your home and lower your energy bills.
Adding more floor space is generally a good way to add value to your property. Depending on your budget and the space you have available to extend, this will determine the type of extension you can have. Ground floor extensions can be a brick built room, a conservatory or a Bespoke Orangery.
Note; some extensions will require planning permission.
High Tech Appliances
High tech expense appliances are a nice finishing touch, so when installing new appliances into kitchens and sitting rooms buy the best you can, these will stand out and for all the right reasons. It may be that your home will sell over a similar house in the neighbourhood, due to the high tech appliances that you have installed.
Things Not To Do
Adding a pool is actually considered to be a detrimental feature. Few new homeowners want to take on the responsibility of paying for and maintaining a swimming pool. Leave this feature out!
Customizing rooms in your house might make them perfect for you—but can alienate potential buyers. So rather than turning a bedroom into an office with built in furniture, if you need a home office use free standing furniture that can be removed when you leave, leaving the new buyers to use it as a bedroom.
When looking to improve the flooring in your home a big mistake is to add carpet. New home owners are looking for more modern and simple flooring such as tiles, wood or laminate (especially so in bathrooms!).
Changing the use of your garage is also an area you should avoid. Although most garages today are actually too small to house the family car they are a great place for all the extra items that somehow just don’t have a place in the house. So at the most the only renovating that should take place here is the addition of some storage units to house garden items, cleaning products and the Christmas decorations.
Lofts and basements tend to be on the bottom of buyers wish lists so don’t invest time and money doing these areas up.
And finally, do not undertake any renovation project that you do not have the skills and know how to do. A badly renovated house will be undesirable and hard to sell. It is best to call in the professionals to get the job done correctly.