Trying to make improvements that will add value to your home can be overwhelming. How do you decide what to change and how much to spend?  With such a wide range of costs to weigh up, from extension and redecoration prices to the bathroom and kitchen remodelling prices, where do you spend your money?

Here are a few improvements to consider undertaking.

Adding space

The first way to add value is to add space.  But there are several ways to do this, from the expensive to the affordable.  You could extend outwards, with an extension to the side or rear of your property. Or you could extend upwards into the attic space.  These will perhaps offer the most in terms of space and value but can be quite costly. 

So, what other, more affordable options could you consider?  You could add a summer house, which can be kitted out for guests, as a home office, or for use as a quiet retreat.  If you have a garage that is a dumping ground for junk, you could clear this out and convert it to a more useful space such as a gym, yoga studio or even a home cinema.

Finally, and perhaps the most affordable way to create extra space is to rethink how you’re currently using your home.  If your home is stuffed with large pieces of furniture that dominate the floor space, perhaps it’s time to downsize your sofas, tables, and bookcases? 

Updating the interior

The most obvious rooms to update and add value to your home are the kitchen and bathroom.  You may not need to completely refurbish these rooms if they currently work well.  A quick freshen up could do the trick.  Sometimes a coat of paint and some new accessories will work simply fine.

If your kitchen and bathroom spaces are reasonably old and dated, you might want to invest in a full renovation.  This is a great opportunity to think about how the spaces could function better, so make sure you plan carefully where you’re going to install things like showers, toilets, and appliances.

Updating the exterior

Once you have the inside sorted, don’t forget about the outside of your home.  Houses that look well maintained will hold more value than those that look a bit shabby.

Make sure you fix any roof issues, peeling paint or overgrown gardens.  Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and look at the front of your house.  What do you like and what could look better?  A smart exterior will always be attractive to potential buyers, so keep everything in good order.