Whether you’re thinking of selling immediately or are looking towards the future, you may be wondering what changes you can make that will add value to your home. We all want to get the most out of our property, and what better way to do that than to make small or big improvements that will only increase your house price!

But what sort of changes can you make, and which should you avoid?

Top changes to make

One of the first things you should be looking to change or make right is any structural issues. With surveys being a big part of the buying and selling process, it’s vital to make sure everything is sound before you put your house on the market. Structural issues are things like subsidence and rotten joists, and let’s face it, it doesn’t make sense to do internal cosmetic improvements if your house is falling apart!

Another key change to make if you have the budget is to give your heating system an upgrade. You don’t have to go crazy either. Simple things such as sealing any drafts around doors and windows and adding insulation into your loft space will make a big difference. If you do have the budget, however, you could look to install underfloor heating in your kitchen and bathrooms. Who doesn’t love toasty toes!

Other top changes could include:

  • Adding a garden office (for everyone that’s now working from home)
  • Rewiring your electrics
  • Replumbing old houses
  • Adding bi-fold doors
  • Consider having a loft conversion
  • Simply decorate

Top changes to avoid

You might be surprised at the home improvements that either won’t add value or add as much as you’d hope for.
  • Going open plan: although it’s popular it does take a lot of work and often isn’t for everyone
  • Extending a room but losing a bedroom: you may personally want to have a walk-in wardrobe or a bigger en-suite in your master bedroom, losing an existing room to do so may cost you
  • Investing in unnecessary hi-end appliances: again, they may be great for you, but not everyone will know how to or get used out of a built-in coffee machine or quadruple wine fridge

Remember it’s a balancing act

Don’t forget that the changes you add or make will have an impact on your future sale. Although you might love what you’re doing, remember some things aren’t for everyone, and it’s a fine balance between getting what you want and adding value. It’s a balancing act that is a tough one to master, but when making big or small changes, don’t forget to think about the future.

What will potential buyers notice first?

To help with balancing all your changes out, the most important thing to think about is that what potential future buyers will notice first. Will they take a look at how impressive your front lawn or driveway is? Will they be jumping for joy over a walk-in wardrobe or bathroom with a rolltop bath?

Remember, by keeping buyers at the forefront of your mind, you’re likely to make better choices when it comes to the home renovations and changes you’re going to make.