How to increase the value of your home?

As we all try to recover from the recession, those who couldn’t afford to move are now thinking of how to make their homes more desirable to the buyer’s market while also making a hefty profit along the way. We all know that by spending just a little bit of money on our house, it can make a huge difference so can we expect the same if we were to spend just that extra bit more?

With home improvement, you can do little things which will make your house more attractive, look cleaner, neater and tidier. This will also increase your home’s resale value because the money that you spend on your house will bring you a profit afterwards. Here are a few thing which you can do to to add value to your home:

An extension – having an extension to a property cost an average of £19,922 but adds £25,590 to the value of a home meaning you stand to make a £5,668 profit just by having an extension.

Loft extension – where property prices are high, by having a loft extension you could make a £9,195 profit and in some cases you could make back the money from creating a loft extension with no loss

Kitchen – kitchens are a very important deciding factor when purchasing a house and most people with young families do not want the added expense and headache of having to do it themselves. The average price for a new kitchen is just over £6,000 and you add just over £7,000 by fitting a new kitchen. Just remember to have the kitchen in proportion to the value of the home or you could spend thousands unnecessarily.

Fuel and energy efficiency – the average cost for this is £1,722 but the return is far greater as you will be making a £2,605 profit. Insulate cavities, board up the loft and upgrade the central heating system to attract potential buyers.

Install security system – by adding a security system, you could add £3,091 on average. The cost of a security system is £1,200 and by installing it yourself you could save yourself some hard earned cash.

Refresh interior paint – by splashing a new coat of paint on the walls, you could revive the house at the cost of just £998.  The added value of doing this is £2,231. Remember to choose natural tones and maybe even changing the colour theme to bring out features in the house such as fireplaces and bay windows.

Bathroom – if you can upgrade your bathroom with new fixtures and tiles, you wouldn’t actually make a profit but if the bathroom was in dire need of a makeover, then you could make a little profit if not a sale

Garden – by spending just £857 in improving the look of the garden, you could add as much as £1,399 to the value of your home

You do not need to make all the changes above to add value but if you have the money to make all the improvements, then you could make as much £70,000 profit when you come to sell. Remember that even by doing the cheapest home improvement thing possible, you will still add value to your home that will become profit when you come to sell.

Home removal – Helping you move houses stress free

With the sales of houses on the increase again, the amount of people who require moving vans and help are on the rise. If you never have had to move before, then the task of organising everything to make sure it all goes smoothly can be a difficult task.

The different home removal methods

Employ a home removal company – by employing a removal company, you will get the services of your own personal move co-ordinator. They will visit your home to check how much stuff there is to move on to the new property and at an optional fee you can even arrange for the company to pack everything up for you. This is probably the most stress free type of home removal available.

Van and lorry hire – if you are an experienced driver or know someone who is comfortable driving bigger vehicles, why not hire a van or lorry to bring everything to your new home then? You could potentially save a lot of money and you can be sure that all items will be handled with care and also no home removal insurance will be needed.

Local removal men – by choosing a local removal service, you can keep costs down and even get recommendations from neighbours. Bear in mind that some local removal services have smaller vans so more than one trip may be necessary.

Do I need insurance for home removals?

The bigger named companies come with limited insurance cover, so check the policy out to see if you will need additional cover. For van and lorry hire due to carrying out the move yourself, you may find that you will have full control so insurance isn’t necessary. Local removal men do not have insurance most of the time, so insurance cover for valuables are advised. When you take out home removal cover, check over the policy so you know exactly what is and what isn’t covered. You may find it’s just not worth it.

Problems arising from home removals

The biggest worry to home movers is if the keys are not exchanged on the agreed date. For most companies, they have a cancellation waiver so if it’s not your fault, they will not charge you as long as you still use them when you move. There is also a late key waiver offered by removal companiesv- if you cannot get access after the completion of paperwork, the company will not charge you anything for the first 3 hours. If the waiting time exceeds three hours, you may be charged an additional £60 an hour depending on the company.

Cheapest home removal method

Removal company costs can vary but the average for a 3 bedroomed house is £1200 and this is excluding the pre-arranged packing service. Hiring a van or lorry can cost from £45 and then the labour is your own time or with the help of family and friends. A local removal service can cost as little as £150 depending on van size and the anticipated number of trips.