Value Added Residence

Adding value to your home is an investment that can reap considerable rewards when it comes to selling and moving up the chain to your dream home. You need to know how to maximise the value of where you currently live and consider all option from cosmetic enhancements to structural repairs too. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to increase the value and desirability of your home.

Structure – before you start thinking about renovating bathrooms and kitchens, you need to fix any major structural issues as you’re unlikely to be able to hide these for long from anyone valuing your home. Problems that need addressing include:

  • Unstable chimney
  • Structural cracks in walls
  • Missing roof tiles
  • Rising damp
  • Leaking roof
  • Bowing walls
  • Insect infestations
  • Rotten roof timbers or joists

These repairs can be time consuming and costly but in terms of adding value, they are absolutely necessary.

Cosmetic – there may be small problems that on their own don’t add up to much but taken as a whole, might be enough to put off buyers. Superficial but easy to fix issues include:

  • Peeling paint
  • Loose tiles
  • broken windows
  • Creaky floors or stairs
  • Cracks in ceiling and plaster
  • Mouldy bathroom sealant
  • Broken door latches

Windows – new double glazed windows can really add significant value to a property. For uPVC Windows in Dublin, visit http://www.keanewindows.ie/uPVC-windows.html. These windows require little maintenance, are energy efficient and offer good security. They are available in many styles to most  property types and will make vast improvements to look of the house as well as making it much more energy efficient.

Kitchen – a shiny, new, hygienic looking kitchen is a major selling point. Before replacing a kitchen, think about shape and position, whether you want to relocate the room structurally or just complete a makeover. Most kitchens can be given a breath of fresh air with little cost and effort. It could be that only cupboard doors need replacing and not the entire unit. Adding new doors, handles and worktops will make a good impression. You might need to improve the lighting using halogen bulbs and under unit lighting looks great and isn’t prohibitively expensive.

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Bathrooms – just like a kitchen, bathrooms need to be spotless and clean, with adequate lighting and painted in neutral light shades. Make sure at least one bathroom has a shower and try to make the room as luxurious as possible. Think about replacing old fashioned suites with a plain white suite and remove any carpet for vinyl or tiled flooring instead. Adding touches such as a heated towel rail will also make a room much more inviting.

Exterior – remember your kerb appeal and that most people will have made judgements as they pull up outside. Don’t forget the garden and make sure that you don’t overlook any of the following:

  • garage door
  • Doors
  • Cladding
  • Porch
  • House names and numbers
  • Brickwork
  • windows