DIY Disasters : True Stories

22nd July 2012 posted in Home Lifestyle

DIY Disasters : True Stories

There’s no doubt that certain improvements can add significant value to a property. We have a look at some of the best ways to invest in your home.

Make the Outside Look Nice

Simply giving the front of your house a new coat of paint, tidying the front garden, and cleaning the windows could add as much as £5000 to the value of your home. It’s all about making it look welcoming and enticing prospective buyers in for a viewing.

Extensions and Conservatories

Adding an extension or conservatory will nearly always add value, but it’s not a cheap project, so it’s best to do some basic research in advance.  Gauge how much value this will add by looking and prices for similar properties in your area that already have extensions and conservatories. In the same way, it’s a good idea to look around your local area for similar extension projects and talk to people who’ve done them – this way you’ll be able to gauge your chances of getting planning permission for certain types of extension. Applying for planning permission costs about £300 and unfortunately the fee isn’t refunded if you’re rejected. Also, remember that gardens and outside space add value to a property – so don’t build a big extension to the detriment of the majority of your outside space.

Make Space Indoors

Essentially, the more rooms you have, the higher the value of your property, and actually, “knocking through” to splice two rooms together and make space in this way will reduce the value of your property. So it’s best to think about adding space in other ways, namely converting a loft, basement, or garage into an extra room. A further bedroom, or a utility room, downstairs bathroom, or study are all selling points, and of course, you’re unlikely to need planning permission for this kind of conversion.


Tatty and dated kitchen units are simply going to lower your selling price, as buyers will have the time and money costs of replacing them in mind. However, a nice trick is that you don’t have to shell out on a whole new kitchen – simply by replacing or refinishing the cabinet doors you can create a sleek, shiny and modern look. If you’re handy, refinishing or replacing doors can be done over the course of a long weekend, but otherwise, or to save yourself the time, hiring a good carpenter will result in a perfect finish and of course will be substantially cheaper than fitting a whole new kitchen. As ever, little details will make a difference, and replacing plastic light switch and socket covers with chrome or brushed aluminum is a smart plan. A manky kitchen floor is quite off putting – any kind of new floor covering will add value, but of course a posh stone or tile one will add the most.

Wishing you all the best with your move and getting your home ready for sale!

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