Whether you’re planning to sell your property this year or are hoping to get the best possible value for it as a rental, there are a few things you can do to make it more appealing to prospective buyers or tenants.
Estate Agent News recently shared some tips on the top projects to undertake if you want to maximise the value of a house.
Among the suggestions is to install a conservatory. The main reason this is so effective is because it significantly increases the amount of living space. And if you choose modern conservatories in Tameside you can create a space that’s usable all year round.
The news provider points out that double glazing is a minimum standard for new conservatories, but you could add extra value by opting for glass that’s self-cleaning or that has solar control. Whatever you decide to go for, making sure your conservatory is well-insulated is a must to make it a pleasant space in summer as well as winter.
Installing a conservatory can also help with another of the suggestions made by the website – making best use of your garden. Outdoor space is a big selling point for renters and buyers alike.
If the garden at your property is looking a little scrappy, give it some TLC and tidy it up a bit. Even if you don’t have space for a conservatory, adding a patio or decking could make it more appealing and help people to get more use out of it.
From a rental perspective, you may find that it’s more cost effective to convert a house into two flats. There are a number of advantages to doing so, if your property is large enough to host two separate living spaces.
The most obvious benefit is that you’ll get more rent from two flats than you will from a single house. However, it will also give you a little more security, as you’re unlikely to lose both tenants at the same time.
If you are thinking about doing this, make sure you do your research first, the news site advises. Take a look at the area your house is in and check that there’s demand for flats to rent. Do your calculations in relation to the costs of the conversion and how quickly you can recoup that from the rent too.
This isn’t the first time that it’s been suggested adding a conservatory could boost the value of your property. A recent article for the Yorkshire Post noted that the experts at the Build It Live home renovation and self-build show also see the value in conservatories.
The publication cited figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which indicate that fitting a conservatory could boost the value of a property by between four and five per cent.
One thing worth noting is that the experts recommend spending a bit more to ensure you have a high-quality conservatory. If you skimp and add one that’s not of such a high standard, you could actually reduce the price someone is willing to pay for your property.