Most of us have the plethora of advice that industry professionals offer with regards to conventional changes you can make to your home in order to increase its value. This includes changes such as neutral decor, double glazing, adding an extension, and remodeling the kitchen or bathroom to make it more practical or functional.
However, there are also more unconventional methods that you can use in order to add value to your home. By thinking outside the box, you can find a range of ways to bump up the value of the home, which will enable you to reap the financial benefits if and when you decide to sell your home.
5 ways to increase the value of your home the unconventional way
There are various ways in which you can make unconventional changes to your home in order to increase its value. 5 of these include:
- Strategic placement of windows: Rather than having loads of windows dotted around a room, with most of them looking out onto unremarkable and sometimes even undesirable views, focus on the area where you have the best views. It is better to group windows or have one large window in a part of the room that offers a great outside view than to have lots of little ones that look out onto nothing of particular interest.
- Switch from a tub to a shower: Having a large shower rather than a tub is a great way of making your bathroom look bigger, making your home more modern, and giving your home a greener aspect due to the ability to save on hot water. You should therefore consider ripping out the tub and going for a good sized shower instead.
- Create a walk in wardrobe: Many homes have a box room that is too small to use as a bedroom or anything practical and ends up being filled with junk. Rather than waste this space, turn it into a walk in wardrobe, using shelving for shoes and accessories and hanging rails for clothing. Get a good sized, full length mirror in there to add to the overall finish and some practical lighting.
- Have a study area in the home: With more and more people working from home, having a study can be a real asset. Assess your home to see where you have spare space that you could convert into a dedicated study, such as a spacious loft area or even part of a conservatory. This can be a real selling point if you have people viewing who work partly or wholly from home.
- Keep the garden in mind: The garden area is another big selling point when it comes to property, and with the right measures you can increase value and saleability. You should avoid reducing your garden space too much, but one thing that can add value to your home is a decked area where people can sit and relax, have barbeques, entertain, etc.
These are just some of the more unconventional ways in which you can help to bump up your property value and in many cases increase its appeal to potential buyers.
Sam Morrison is a university accommodation officer who helps students interested in sharing accommodation with others during their time at university. She lives in the Highlands area with her husband and teenage daughter.