Much like last year, 2021 is set to be a year where we’ll spend a disproportionate amount of time in and around the home. What better opportunity could there be to invest some time, energy and money into making your home a better version of itself?
Renovation projects don’t just make your home more pleasant to inhabit; they can also add considerably to its resale value. Projects come in a wide variety of scopes and difficulties, which means you’ll be able to easily select one to suit your particular circumstances.
According to a survey of 2,000 potential homebuyers by Hammonds, around 27% would pay that little extra for a home with a ready-to-go loft conversion. Converting a loft is an easy way to insert extra living space into the property, or an additional bedroom. Home cinemas, studios and gyms are also worthy additions. The sloped ceiling of a loft conversion can pose a challenge for interior designers, but it’s one that can be addressed with the help of fitted furniture. Optimise your space with a built-in wardrobe, or design your own fitted bookshelf.
The same poll cited a conservatory as being the favoured conversion by 31% of respondents. We should consider also that a conservatory is less expensive than many of the other kinds of extension you might consider – and that it can provide living space all year round, provided that it’s expertly constructed.
If space allows, then off-road parking might provide a means of sheltering your car from the elements and freeing up space on your drive for a guest or two. Of course, many modern garages are too narrow to actually accommodate a modern car, so you might convert yours to serve another purpose. Get some tiles down, and some paint on the walls, and you’ll be able to reinvigorate a tired, dusty old space into something that actually contributes functionality.
The sight of a messy garden might be enough to deter buyers who are looking for something low maintenance. It will make the time you spend outdoors less pleasant, too, especially during summer. Laying down decking, installing a fixed outdoor barbeque, or bringing in a few raised planters can each contribute to your outdoor living space in their own ways. Getting out into the garden can actually be fantastic for your mental health, too. There are smaller things to deal with in the garden that can be enjoyable, from mowing lawns, trimming hedges to distributing potted plants.