News How to add value to your property

Published by Christopher on 1st May, 2019

This is a question I get asked all the time and there isn’t a magic answer. Trends change over time and what might have been desirable 10 years ago might not be today. I want to share some of my helpful tips with you having worked within the property world as a Chartered Surveyor for over 20yrs.

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Ø  I generally feel that kitchens, bathrooms and gardens are the areas that can add value to your property if extending is not an option.

Ø The kitchen is seen as the hub of the house and an open plan kitchen / diner can really create a ‘wow’ factor. The kitchen now needs to be multi-functional to meet the demands of the modern family. If your home has the option of knocking through from a kitchen to the dining room then, subject to planning and building regulations, this can create a far more desirable space.

Ø Alternatively, if you have a good size rear garden then consider extending the kitchen / diner and adding on an ‘Orangery’ or a vaulted extension. Creating lots of natural light is key to making this work so consider a lantern window, sky lights and / or large bi-fold doors.

Ø Conservatories were once in high demand however the days of the traditional conservatory are gone! Consider replacing with a light weight insulated slate roof which will reduce your energy bills and allow you to use the extra room all year round. These ‘sun rooms’ can be utilised as an additional living space and ideal dining areas, particularly in the summer months.

Ø First impressions count, so if you’re selling, give your home some kerb appeal with a lick of paint, a new door, a neat front garden and shining ironmongery.

Ø Tidy up the garden by mowing the lawn and sweeping up leaves. Making sure your garden is not only attractive and well designed, but also tidy, can not only add value but will also help to make the property more appealing to buyers.

Ø Try to put yourself in the eyes of a buyer and critically look at your property. Artex ceilings, dated fittings in the kitchen and bathrooms, and small rooms are not going to maximise your property’s value!

I am always happy to offer free property advice, please contact me at Payton Jewell Caines on 01656 654328

Catherine Caines, Director of award winning estate agents Payton Jewell Caines, Bridgend