TEMZA LONDON SHARES AN EXPERT INTERIOR DESIGNER ADVICE ON ADDING VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY
“Home improvements that will add value to your property”
Whether you’ve just bought your first home or you’re a business-minded person with a future rental property, there are always ways to add additional value to your home
Read on for our comprehensive design and build guide with the lowdown on how to make your house more attractive to possible buyers or tenants.
SOLVE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS
There’s no point doing any cosmetic changes or internal work without solving structural problems first.
Here are some examples of structural problems that might need your attention:
Leaking or sagging roof
Structural cracks to walls
Rotten joists or roof timber
An unstable chimney stack
A collapsed floor/slab
If you live in an older property that hasn’t been rewired for a long time, you may be considering rewiring it. This can add great value to your home, but be aware that it’s a disruptive job. Rewiring involves lifting floors and ripping plaster walls, so it’s essential to complete the work before any cosmetic improvements.
If you do decide to go for it, use the opportunity wisely to add extra sockets and change the position of existing sockets, especially if you’re planning to change the existing layout. Think carefully and plan out exactly what it is that you want, as you won’t be able to change your mind so easily once the job has been completed.
Why not change switches, and add dimmer switches? This is a luxury that can change the mood of any room, making the interior more versatile and appealing to potential buyers or tenants.
Add extractor fans in bathrooms if they are missing to save you or your potential buyers costly problems with damp further down the line.
Convert a cellar or basement into a living or storage space is actually one of the least complex home improvements and can add so much value to your home.
If a basement/cellar conversion is something you’re interested in, it’s important check if you require special planning permission before going any further. Usually you are required to specify that you’re changing the use of the room, but once that’s done you’re free to go ahead.
Don’t have a cellar or a basement to convert? Create one! Lots of people aren’t aware that you can create cellars or basements under existing houses.
Although this is a job that requires a specialist team, design and build experts like Temza London can help you to add lots of value to your home by making use of the space underneath it.
With our winning combination of knowledge and expertise, reliable engineering consultants and in-house construction experts, we deliver cost-effective solutions for spaces that are both functional and stylish.
Take a look at our Uverdale project to see how we extended the house’s existing basement floor space to create a stunning media room as well as two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, completely transforming the layout of the whole house.
CONVERT A GARAGE
If you have a parking spot outside as well as a garage, converting it into a more useful space can really add value to your home.
As with all home improvements, it’s important to check planning permissions before making a start. In most cases, a garage conversion will fall under permitted development, particularly if you are not altering the actual structure of the building.
However, if you are converting a separate, stand-alone garage as opposed to an integral one, you may have to apply for a change of use.
Once all the paperwork is sorted, a garage conversion can be a great way toto add some much-needed living space (and value) to your home without needing to have an extension or move.
SIDE OR REAR EXTENSION
Side or rear extensions are suitable for terraced or semi-detached houses and add valuable space that will improve the layout of your home.
If you’re worried about losing light by creating walls where there are currently windows, think outside the box. You could bring back the light using skylights or a fully glazed roof or walls.
Take a look at our Drakefell Road project to see how we used smart spatial planning to convert a traditional, narrow semi-detached Victorian house into a spacious family home.
Loft conversions are ideal for children’s bedrooms or guest rooms, so that they can enjoy a little bit of privacy.
Lofts also make great studies, home offices or studios because they enable you to work peacefully in a quiet part of the house. Depending on its location, you may even get a beautiful view to go with it!
Most lofts can easily be converted and don’t need planning permission, but it’s a good idea to get some property advice from a specialist before you start planning.
For more information about how to plan a successful loft conversion that can add lots of space and value to your home, read Temza’s design and build step-by-step guide here.
INVEST IN A CONSERVATORY
Conservatories are a great way to merge the interior and exterior of your property whilst adding more space and value to your home.
When thinking about your new conservatory, choose a style that fits your lifestyle and the rest of the interior in your home, whether it’s traditional or contemporary.
Keep in mind that the direction a conservatory faces affects how you can use it and what heating, ventilation and flooring you’ll need, so make sure you think this through carefully first.
It’s also important to check any building regulations before going ahead so that you don’t face any problems later on.
ADD A BEDROOM
The number of bedrooms has a big impact on the sale price and can be increased by dividing up existing space, removing or adding walls. Have a look at our guide to taking down walls for some useful tips.
DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF YOUR HOME
Bring original features back to life by restoring what you have; find out the origins of the building and the era in which it was built to reveal hidden gems like corbels or decorative covings. Take inspiration from the history of your home – reopening a fireplace or adding a ceiling rose or two can look really beautiful, for example. A beautiful, authentic home with original features that tell a story is very attractive to potential buyers or tenants and can add lots of value to your home.
For an inspiring example of a Victorian house that we brought back to life, take a look at our Clifton Hill Project: https://temza.co.uk/clifton-hill-the-victorian-kitchen-of-your-dreams/
ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME WITH A LITTLE TLC
If you want to add value to your home but don’t have the budget to extend the space, some simple home improvements can really go a long way.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Fix peeling paint
Door latches that don’t work
Moldy sealants in kitchens and bathrooms
Broken or damaged windows
Change the carpet, or completely remove it and replace with wood flooring
For some more great ideas, check out Ideal Home’s article here.
STYLE IT UP
Add value to your home by giving it a fresh, stylish new look. Installing wooden floors or even a straightforward painting and decorating job throughout the house can make your home much more attractive and marketable.
Read our design and build guide to find the perfect neutral paint colour for your London property interior here.
For a quick fix, style it up with beautiful furniture, accessories, lamps and plants to make your home look instantly more appealing.
If you need some help with this, Temza offers a comprehensive range of furnishing solutions that aim to create a beautiful, functional and intelligently designed space. We handle all the necessary ordering, arrange delivery, assemble the furniture, and style the property so that you don’t need to worry about a thing! Click here to find out more https://temza.co.uk/furniture/
From simple things like decluttering your home to more extensive renovations, there are simply hundreds of ways to add value to your home. Whatever you decide to do, Temza’s experienced team are on hand to help you through every step of the process. Get in touch today to find out more at https://temza.co.uk/