How you can add value to your home

Given that our homes are probably our biggest investments in life, it’s important to ensure, should we come to sell our properties, or require a new valuation, that they have not only held their value, but increased in value. When we bought our home three years ago we were very fortunate to buy at a time when house prices were relatively low, which enabled us to afford a bigger home than we would have ordinarily been able to afford. Even better, when the time came to enter into a new mortgage deal last year, our home had substantially increased in value meaning that we could get a better interest rate on the new deal.

Balustrade Components have recently produced a survey “How do you think you can increase the value of your household?” which I found really interesting. We are always looking for ways to increase the value of our home further, and last year embarked on a renovation to convert our garage into a large playroom for the children. This year we have plans to replace both bathrooms and the garden, in the hope that they too will add to the value of our home.

I asked a group of bloggers how they have added to the value of their homes.

We converted our under the stairs to a sliding storage unit. It has utilised the space brilliantly and looks like something straight off Pinterest! So many people instantly fall in love and whilst it’s brilliant storage for us, it is a massively unique selling point that women seem to go crazy for! ~ Twinderelmo

Extensions where possible – side or loft. We did our loft a couple of years ago. It was a pain but totally worth it as we gained a double room, a bathroom and extra storage space. But I’ve recently learnt that if you’re selling your house you can invest in a mini-makeover (declutter, organise and display) to make the house look bigger – that immediately increases it’s value or the chance to get the price you want. ~ Mind Your Mamma.

My in laws just converted their loft into a 5th bedroom and it looks amazing. Ensuite included and it’s added lots to their sale valuation! For us personally we spent around £12k sorting our garden out last year. It may sound insane but there’s no way we would’ve sold it as it was and it’s added a substantial amount to our house value. ~ Real Mum Reviews

We have replaced our front, back and patio doors in the last few years. It’s worth spending the money to not only have better security but it also improved the energy efficiency of your home. ~ Random thoughts of a twenty something.

We have updated our kitchen. When trying to sell our house, everyone that looked around didn’t like the 80s style kitchen. It was the original kitchen and was looking dated, to be fair. ~ Dillydrops.

It seems that one of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to invest wisely with home improvements, renovations and extensions. I’m hoping that once all of our renovations are complete we will see a huge increase in our house value!

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45 Comments

  1. May 30, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    These are a few really nice ideas. I love the storage under the stairs. I’m always trying to get use out of every square inch. Great job.

    • Laura Dove
      May 30, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Me too, every bit of storage counts! xx

  2. May 30, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I wish I had my own home to add value to but if I did have one then I like the sound of an extension. I think a conservatory would be really cool x

    • Laura Dove
      May 30, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      It’s SO hard to get on the property ladder, I think that’s why it’s so important that once you’re on it, you make sure you are adding value to your home so you’re only ever heading in the right direction! xx

      • May 31, 2017 / 9:55 pm

        It really is I feel like I am going to be renting my whole life lol! I agree though x

  3. May 30, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I wish I had my own home! My sister just bought a home and her plan is to add a master bedroom and bathroom in her attic.

    • Laura Dove
      May 30, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Attic conversions are a great way of adding value, we had one in our last home and it made such a huge difference! xx

  4. May 30, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    These are all great ideas, but unfortunately I don’t have a place of my own. Still at the clutches of paying rent every month haha. Hopefully someday soon.

    • Laura Dove
      May 30, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Ahh one day, saving for a house is hard work isn’t it? xx

  5. May 31, 2017 / 1:21 am

    OMG! i love the pull out drawers under the stairs in levels! it’s so creative and awesome looking. great home value tips.

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Amazing aren’t they? Such a genius idea! xx

  6. Ali Rost
    May 31, 2017 / 3:43 am

    The storage units under the stairs are genius! I know what you mean about a dated kitchen. We redid ours a few years ago. Not only did it give us a boost in value, but it’s a wonderful space to get to cook in! x

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Oh yeah I think replacing the kitchen or bathroom makes a huge difference! We are so excited for our bathrooms to be done! xx

  7. May 31, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Some really great tips but I think my favourite is the under stairs storage, what an amazing idea x

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Me too! I really want to do this! xx

  8. May 31, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Some nice ideas here extensions and conversions definitely seem like the way forward on that front! We don’t have the capacity for either unfortunately…

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Ahh I think sometimes just making sure that your décor is spot on is a way to add value, or even just neutralising it! xx

  9. May 31, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Personally I think that the best way to spend my money is to invest it in our house. We have recently had a downstairs toilet put in (in readiness for potty training!) and plan to have an ensuite added next to our bedroom at some point 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      I agree, and adding extra toilets is a huge thing, especially a downstairs one. And so handy too for potty training! xx

  10. May 31, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I wish we could have under the stairs like this. Wow. I’m hoping we’ve added value with our new kitchen and grassing over the yard. We’ve added new usable spaces too.

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      I think usable space is a big one in increasing value, whatever that space may be! xx

  11. May 31, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Fab Ideas here! Although we are renting at present, I would like to think we will be buying in the near future. I LOVE those under stairs storage systems! I really need those in my life 😉

  12. eazynazy
    May 31, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    OMG that storage under the stairs is totally awesome, i really loved all your tips . Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Isn’t it just? I really want to do that to my home! xx

  13. June 1, 2017 / 5:52 am

    I can see all of the amazing things that you are doing with your home. I am not that kind of project guy. But it’s awesome. I am not sure if I could do that.

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Oh we are useless with DIY too, my Dad is amazing though, and we have a very good builder! xx

  14. June 1, 2017 / 9:30 am

    We wanted to do something under our stairs – this is amazing!! Am going to get a quote for that!! We did our drive last year and apparently that added quite a lot of value on 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Me too, it’s such a good idea isn’t it? I think any improvement to your home is going to add on value! xx

  15. June 1, 2017 / 10:25 am

    storage under the stairs, sch a cool idea. really loved this. Thanks for sharing will use this someday at my home.

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 9:14 am

      Thank you! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 9:14 am

      It’s fab isn’t it? xx

  16. June 1, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Love the idea of storage under the stairs but not feasible in our home, We want a garage conversion and conservatory at some point.

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Our garage conversion was such a good move, it has made a huge playroom for the kids and a huge difference to our living space! xx

  17. June 1, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Love this post. I especially love the storage under the stairs. Investing in your home definitely is the way forward, especially adding value by changing up kitchens, bathrooms, doing clever storage solutions and having lovely little extras like a special garden space to sit in. x

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Thank you Chloe. I think it’s always a good investment to put your money into your home, we plan on staying in our house indefinitely so we try to make it exactly what we want it to be and if it adds value, great! xx

  18. June 2, 2017 / 4:35 am

    These are some great ideas, and I love that under stairs storage. Its amazing.

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Me too, it’s amazing! xx

  19. June 2, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I so want a sliding unit like that under my stairs!!

    • Laura Dove
      June 2, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Me too! I might get my Dad on it…haha! xx

  20. June 2, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    We purchased a house that needed doing up, but also in that time the house prices have raised too. However the jump we need to take now, is too big.

  21. June 2, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    I am desperate to convert our under stairs for storage. It looks such a fab idea

    • Laura Dove
      June 5, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it? I need ours doing! xx

  22. June 3, 2017 / 11:54 am

    I am toying with currently buying my home that I rent. Not to keep to live but more as an investment, but these tips certainly would help its market value.

    • Laura Dove
      June 5, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      I think a house is a great investment! xx

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