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How to add value to your home

The housing market is a competitive place and knowing how to add value to your home is essential for capitalising on your investment and getting the best mortgage rates. Whether you're looking to sell your property now, or your mortgage is up for renewal, understanding what pushes your house price up will keep you ahead of the curve.

In this guide, we focus on both the external and internal home improvements that could help to increase its value.

Increasing your home’s value could help to increase your LTV (loan to value), which means you could get a more favourable interest rate when you go to remortgage.*

Note: More extreme makeovers will require planning permission, so be sure to check with your local authority before undertaking any major work.

Planning your house improvements

There are various factors to consider before you hire a home improvement professional to help boost your property value.

Do your research

Reach out to your local estate agents and ask for advice on what features are desirable to current buyers. This will give you a good idea of what to focus on and improve first (or at all!).

Be realistic

Not all home improvements will give you the returns you’re hoping for. By planning your renovations carefully and staying open-minded, you’ll avoid disappointment further down the line. The property market is competitive, with several factors that determine whether your house sells or not, so remember that there are no guarantees.

Hire trusted and experienced professionals

To ensure the best possible outcome, we advise hiring professionals to help you make sound and lasting improvements. It also gives any potential buyer peace of mind. Having work completed to a high standard helps increase the value of your home. Poor workmanship can decrease what buyers are likely to pay.

Make sure you check out our hiring guides if you’d like to know more about how to choose the right professional for your project.

how to add value to your home

External ways to add value to your home

We’ve put together a list of popular external home improvements that can help add value to your home. Use our guide to help budget for and prioritise your improvements.

Please note, the costs listed are ballpark averages intended as a guide. For accurate costs for your project, we recommend getting quotes from recommended tradespeople.

Add an extension

Extensions and conversions can add up to 20%

There are lots of different extensions to consider such as loft or basement conversions, garage or kitchen extensions, and single or double-storey extensions. They’re an attractive improvement to any home because of the extra space they add, which will increase your property value considerably.

  • The average cost of a basic extension (20m²): £48,000
  • Potential added value: Up to 23% of the value of your property

Check out our house extension cost guide for more information on the average costs of an extension.

The average values extension and conversion projects can add to your home:

To find out more about typical extension prices, take a look at our cost guides on house extension coststwo storey extension costs and SIPS extension costs.

Extension by Checkatrade members Bryant Building Services Ltd
Extension by Checkatrade members Bryant Building Services Ltd

Improve your kerb appeal

A new driveway adds 5-10% to your home’s value

If you have the budget to do so, then investing in your driveway is a great way to add value to your home. A driveway can typically add 5-10% to the value of your home.

Location and nearby parking availability are one of the biggest factors affecting how much value a driveway can add to your property. But don’t forget about maintaining your new driveway – if you can’t keep your driveway looking great, it could start to drag the value of your property down.

For a value-adding finish, always use a trusted expert to install your driveway. This will mean that your home’s driveway is built to last. If you’re wondering about the cost, we suggest budgeting around £40-£100 per m² for a new driveway. This price will heavily depend on the size of your drive and the material that you wish to use.

Gravel driveway before and after

We recommend getting three quotes from driveway specialists near you. Post your job and let us do the legwork in matching you with three driveway experts.

Install solar panels

Eco-friendly house designs are currently booming. Stay ahead of the curve by installing solar panels and other green home improvements to increase your property value. You may be able to get some help from the government with grants and funding.

  • The average cost to install solar panels: £6,000 – £9,000 for a PV system 
  • Potential added value: Between 14% and 38% of the value of your property depending on what part of the UK you live in

Check out our green home ideas for more eco-friendly inspiration.

Install a solar battery system

An additional consideration when installing solar panels is a battery storage system, which is a means to store and use the excess energy generated by your solar panels.

While a solar battery system has a high initial cost to buy and install, it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint as your energy comes from your solar panels and not the grid. You’ll also save money on your energy bills.

For these reasons, a complete solar installation – panels and battery – is an attractive feature for potential buyers, increasing your property value.

  • A standard 4kWh battery costs in the region of £5,000
  • The full cost to install a 4kWh battery, 4kW inverter and 4kW solar PV system from scratch is around £12,000
  • Potential added value: Increased property value of up to £2,722

Check out our guide to solar battery storage system costs to learn more.

Install double glazing

Double or triple glazing is fast becoming a non-negotiable for homebuyers. Not only does it save on bills and increase the value of your property, but it also helps with noise reduction which is an attractive feature in densely populated areas.

  • The average cost of double glazing for eight windows and two uPVC doors: £6,000 – £15,000
  • Potential added value: Increased property value of up to 10%

Check out our double glazing cost guide for more information.

Double glazing installation

Garden landscaping

Although the UK isn’t known for its good weather, gardens are still a big deal.

Decking is a particular favourite for gardens. It keeps feet and paws off the muddy grass and adds a separate area of the garden which is perfect for entertaining.

  • The average cost of a non-elevated softwood deck with no railing or stairs is £2,300 (24m²) or £7,500 (80m²)
  • Potential added value: An increased property price of up to 10% – especially in cities like London

Check out our garden landscaping cost guide for more information.

Keep on top of maintenance jobs

When it comes to selling your house, first impressions are everything. Consider revamping your property’s exterior by repairing any broken features and staying on top of maintenance.

This can include:

Potential added value: Up to 10% of the value of your property (if all these aspects are in good shape)

Kerb appeal for increasing house value

Internal ways to add value to your home

We’ve put together a list of popular internal home improvements. Use our guide to help budget for and prioritise your improvements.

Extend your bedroom and install an en-suite

Ensuites are attractive features due to their ease of access and privacy. Unsurprisingly, with everyone’s busy lives, families aren’t keen to share one family bathroom, so extending your bedroom and installing an ensuite can dramatically increase your house value. Two bathrooms are definitely better than one!

  • The average cost of a basic extension is: £48,000
  • The average cost for an ensuite only: £4,000 – £10,000+
  • Potential added value for extension and ensuite: Up to 30% of the value of your property
  • Potential added value for ensuite only: Up to 5% of your home’s value depending on the type of ensuite installed

Check out our house extension cost guide for more information.

Extension on house for added value

Add a new kitchen

Kitchens can add up to 10%

Most property experts will agree that you can easily add value to your home with an updated kitchen. It’s estimated that you can add up to 10% of your home’s value by upgrading your kitchen.

It’s also important to understand how much the new kitchen will cost before you go ahead with an upgrade. After all, you don’t want to spend more than it’s worth.

If your kitchen is tired and dated then it makes sense to do a complete replacement. But if you already have a decent kitchen then you may only need a partial upgrade, and this can still add value to your home.

If you’re doing your kitchen to live in for the foreseeable and potentially sell in the future, then it may be worth spending a bit more to get the results that you would like.

Check out our guide on adding value to your home with a new kitchen for more tips.

Kitchen renovation by Checkatrade members, Bryant Building Services Ltd
Kitchen renovation by Checkatrade members, Bryant Building Services Ltd

Add another bathroom

Another bathroom could add 5%

Installing a new bathroom can increase the value of your home by 5%. This can mean thousands of pounds added to the sale price of your property. The 5% added value also counts for installing a downstairs toilet too. A downstairs toilet could cost you £950 for materials and £1,500 for labour.

New buyers may be put off your home due to a lack of bathrooms. As such, adding a new bathroom can greatly raise the selling price of your home plus make selling much easier.

If your budget is a little tight, then even a bathroom remodel can impact your property’s value. If you’d like more information about remodelling your bathroom, take a look at our bathroom remodel ideas.

Install a wet room

As long as it’s properly installed, wet rooms offer a wow factor that helps your house sell. The effect is similar to adding an extra bathroom; however wet rooms are increasing in popularity due to their stylish and spacious designs. Consider installing one to give your home an extra boost.

Check out our wet room cost guide for more information.

Commit to restorations and repairs

There are always repairs we put off or never get around to, such as that sticky kitchen drawer, creaky stair, wobbly handrail, chipped floor, broken skirting board, shelf or light fixture.

And making an effort to address those niggly issues will increase your property’s selling potential, whilst also making your home nicer to live in for you too.

Another thing worth considering is restoring any original features. Be sure to keep your restoration within the style, era and proportion of your home, and research its history to guarantee an authentic finish and lasting result.

  • Potential added value for repairs: Between 3% and 5% of your home’s value depending on the extent of repairs required
  • Potential added value for period feature restoration: Up to 30% of your property’s value for features over 100 years old

Check out our painter and decorator prices for more information on the cost of restoring your home.

Checkatrade member, Bennett's Decorating Services Ltd cutting in
Checkatrade member, Bennett’s Decorating Services Ltd

Renovate and redecorate

As available square footage decreases, open-plan rooms are increasing in popularity. So are trends such as Japandi, Scandi, cottage-gore and minimalist.

Think about redecorating your house with ‘bright’ and ‘light’ in mind. Even if it isn’t to a potential house buyer’s taste, the rooms will look bigger and give them a chance to visualise any changes they want to make. There are also several key features that interest house hunters, which is why we recommend you consider the following.

Potential added value: Between 3% and 5% of your home’s value depending on your buyer’s preferences.

Check out our bay window cost guide and log burner fireplace ideas for more information.

Repaint for added house value

Update internal doors

Upgrading your internal doors and keeping them in line with any renovation and modern aesthetic dramatically changes the look and feel of your home. This is why they’re a key consideration when making improvements and increasing your home’s appeal.

  • Average cost per door: £25 - £150+ (door only)
  • Potential added value: Between 3% and 5% of your home’s value depending on the type of door and final aesthetic

Check out our internal door cost guide for more information.

Summary of steps

  • Identify if there are issues in your house (consider hiring a surveyor if you’re not sure)
  • Work out your budget and plan accordingly
  • Fix foundational and structural issues first
  • Fix any cosmetic issues last
  • Hire a professional to carry out more complex works

Like what you see? There’s plenty more where this came from. Discover more ideas, inspiration, tips and how-tos via Checkatrade’s blog.

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