Home improvements can be done purely to improve property value, but let’s be honest; sometimes it’s nice to be the envy of the whole neighborhood. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’ve worked so hard on making your home look like something straight off the cover of a magazine, and seeing the look on your hated neighbor’s face when they realize their house doesn’t compare. Whether you want to increase your property value, or you want to brag just a little, here are a few renovations you could try on your next home improvement project.
You don’t need to spend money on an extension to create space in a house. Simply knock out a non-structural wall to open up a space and create a sense of flow in the house. If the dining room is a bit on the small side, knocking down a wall into the living room or kitchen creates a much bigger, multipurpose room.
If you don’t like the idea of destroying the building, then you should try repurposing an existing room. A cellar can be transformed into a music room, a bedroom, or even a wine cellar depending on who you’re hoping to sell to.
Whether your current kitchen doesn’t fulfill your fantasies of being an amateur chef, or you just want a little more space to move around, a remodel is one of the best things you can do for your property. It may be a major cost up front, but a kitchen remodel can get you a 65.3 percent return on investment from what you spend on the project. Should you decide you want to sell your house in the future, big kitchens are always a big draw for potential buyers.
With all the renovation and maintenance you have to do on the interiors, it may be a long time before you finally get around to renovating your garden. However, this is definitely a space that should get your attention during the summer. You can afford to get more creative with garden improvements if your home was part of a land and house packages, but there are still plenty of things you can do with a small garden. You can raise boundary fences and walls up to 2m without needing planning permission (0.6m on the highway). Structures within the garden, such as pergolas, can be up to 4m without needing planning even if they are right up to the boundary. It also helps to keep your garden in good condition, whether you renovate or not.
It really pays to be green. Some studies estimate that green houses for sale can fetch up to 35 percent more on the real estate market. Green home improvements can be done in a number of wars; insulating the attic and wall cavities to keep heat in, investing in solar panels to generate your own electricity, or upgrading to double glazed windows are the most common.