Adding Value to a House

publication date: Apr 27, 2011
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books
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Adding Value to a House


Will outdoor living space improve your property’s saleability and price?


In a busy sales market, then adding an ‘extra room’ outside through a patio or decking area, outdoor chairs, tables, lighting and cooking via a BBQ certainly will make your property more saleable, helping you to secure an offer quicker and it may increase the value slightly. In the current market which is still very much in the doldrums, then it might help you sell faster, but it’s unlikely to add any value.

What will add value though is a conservatory that allows you to ‘bring the outdoors in’ with ‘folding doors’ that you can slide to the left or right which effectively opens up the room to the elements. This trend was very much set by Grand Designs which although it hasn’t increased the number of people self building, it has definitely influenced the home improvements we carry out in existing homes and therefore an increased emphasis on outdoor living.

And here’s a helpful sales checklist to prepare the outdoor space in your property, working from top to bottom!

  1. Tiles and chimney – are they water tight? No missing tiles or flashing?
  2. Guttering (ideally on a rainy day) – are there any leaks?
  3. Front door – is it fitting? Is it well painted/stained?
  4. Windows – do they open and close OK? Are any rotten if wood or need painting?
  5. Is the outside brickwork or paint in good condition?
  6. Does the front have ‘kerb appeal’? Is clean and tidy? Welcoming pots and plants?
  7. Is the garden looking great? Get rid of any weeds, spruce up any decking, patios, lawns well kept, trees and shrubs clipped.
  8. If you have an ‘outdoor space’ for cooking and relaxing, make sure there is no mould, any tables/chairs look in good condition – and if it’s sunny, get them out and have drinks and nibbles ready for viewers!
  9. It is worth making sure there is somewhere outdoors for people to grow their own food. May sound daft, but it is very much the ‘in thing’ at the moment!
  10. Check any outdoor buildings such as sheds aren’t rotting, make sure they are tidy and can be seen as extra storage space.

Also take a look at the next article in the series Fancy investing in a bit of garden outdoor living with our lovely sunshine?

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