10 ways to add value to your Dorset home

10 ways to add value to your Dorset home

10 ways to add value to your Dorset home

10 ways to add value to your Dorset home

Whether you’re thinking of selling your home, looking to boost your curb appeal or you’re looking to fully renovate a property, there are many different ways you can add value to your property. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and you can receive a significant return on your investment.

Read on to find out how…

1. By creating an open plan kitchen diner and removing an internal wall, you can add £27,000 to the average home in Dorset which may only cost £3,500. As well as adding value to your home, this could also make your home more comfortable to live in.

2. Provide an outdoor living space with a garden room. Provided they are well-built and integrated appropriately into the layout of the property, conservatories can add significantly more value than the cost. Our recent lockdowns have seen a huge shift to home working and garden offices have become even more popular with businesses becoming more flexible.

3. Don’t overlook your garden when it comes to adding value to your home. Having decking or a patio creates further space for eating and socialising. Consider privacy by adding fences and give it a tidy up by weeding and trimming overgrown areas. Spending £4,000 on a garden in Dorset could add £9,000 in value to the property. Remember, first impressions count!

4. Spruce up your kitchen. Even on a budget, there are cost efficient ways to increase value. Try adding new worktops, a new floor or painting the cupboard doors. If there’s the opportunity to vault a kitchen ceiling, or add Velux windows, this can increase natural light in the kitchen and create a dramatic first impression for potential buyers.

5. Adding a downstairs loo could cost as little as £1,500 and add over £10,000 to the value of your home. A downstairs toilet can be a big attraction to older buyers, those with young families or to those that like entertaining.

6. If parking spaces are limited in your area, paving over part of your front garden could add over £10,000 to the value of your home. You’ll need to check with your local council to see if you require planning permission.

7. Before putting your house on the market, adding a fresh lick of paint could add up to £5,000 to the value of your property. Other easy upgrades could include fixing dripping taps, dealing with limescale and cleaning dirty walls.

8. By converting your loft, you could add £40,000 to the value of your home, at a cost of around £20,000. You could also convert your garage or build an extension.

9. If you are unable to afford the cost of a large project, applying for planning permission ahead of selling your property could increase its value. Buyers are often willing to pay a premium to avoid the paperwork involved with an extension. Applying for planning permission may cost up to £400 but could add up to 10% to the value of your home.

10. Update your central heating and fit smart thermostats. If your boiler is over 15 years old, consider replacing it. In addition to adding value, you can save £’s on your bills. In period properties, cast iron and column radiators are charming and very appealing to buyers.

If you are carrying out any large-scale improvements, ensure that you get help from recommended professionals who can complete work to a high standard. Get several quotes and ask to see examples of previous work.

To find out the value of your home, visit our online free valuation tool

Added: 15th February 2021

Sherborne AbbeyWimborneGold Hill, Shaftesbury