Adding value to your home

Five long term considerations if you’re thinking about moving in the coming months or years:

1. Central heating

Installing full gas or oil heating to your property could add to the purchase price of your home. 

2. Double glazing

Double glazed windows are far more energy efficient than traditional window fittings, plus they keep the noise out and are easier to maintain. Make sure you consider the age of the building before you go gung-ho with UPVC, as in some period properties you can improve the value of your property by maintaining the original windows.

3. Appliances

Kitchens are a huge selling point for so many buyers, so upgrading appliances now can pay dividends in the long run. Stylish and professional appliances are always a safe bet.

4. En suite

According to research from Channel 4 Homes, a typical 4 bedroom home with an en suite to the master bedroom is worth £10,000 more than an equivalent property without en suite.

5. Extension

This is one of the most expensive options, but could offer the biggest return on investment. An extension or loft-conversion can add up to 23% to the value of your property. Always make sure you have planning permission from your local authority before you engage in this kind of work and you will also need building regulation approval afterwards.