Since 2013, three of four homeowners will choose to give their property a makeover instead of relocating due to exorbitant moving costs. In the last five years, homeowners across the U.K. have shelled out £41b giving their real estate a facelift—that’s £1,875 per family! The majority of remodelers are fans of kitchen upgrades, with the remainder looking to install a home gym, cinema, or pool. If you’re part of the Renovation Club, be sure to explore these ten value-adding home improvements.
1. Redecoration – 73% of Homeowners Do This – £889 Per Improvement
General maintenance and a lick of paint can do more to transform your home than you think. A light, earthy colour can invite natural light into every corner, creating the appearance of openness and space.
2. Kitchen Remodels – 27% of Homeowners Do This – £5,016 Per Improvement
For many homeowners, the kitchen is a beloved spot. Re-painting units or replacing cupboard doors and handles can provide a much-needed upgrade.
3. New Bathroom – 31% of Homeowners Do This – £2,719 Per Improvement
Everybody hopes to sustain a fresh and clean bathroom. However, it may take a little re-grouting, eliminating limescale, and replacing rusty taps. Re-paint walls with a fresh coat of neutral shades and replace a kitschy shower curtain with an elegant glass divider.
4. Garden Landscaping – 54% of Homeowners Do This – £794 Per Improvement
Whether a cottage garden or dainty, tidy, and well-designed yard, a bit of garden landscaping can tremendously improve your curb appeal. Trim borders and clear pathways to make extra space for entertaining guests. Prune overgrown trees and bushes regularly.
5. Double-Glazed Windows – 25% of Homeowners Do This – £2,543 Per Improvement
Double-glazing your windows can keep interiors warm in the winter. It can also diminish traffic noise if your home is situated next to a busy street.
6. Space Layouting – 39% of Homeowners Do This – £1,002 Per Improvement
Perhaps you’re fed up with feeling cramped and want to create a more sociable space. Combine kitchen and dining areas to free up the room or designate a “front room” for special occasions.
7. Door Replacements – 28% of Homeowners Do This – £906 Per Improvement
First impressions count, and your front door will make a statement. Invest in a robust door that is secure and attractive. If you can’t afford a replacement, give your door a power wash and a fresh coat of paint.
8. Loft Conversions – 11% of Homeowners Do This – £4,310 Per Improvement
On the costlier side of home improvements are loft conversions. However, an extra bedroom, a playroom, or storage area can give your home the best value for money. Always refer to your region or building codes if performing a loft conversion.
9. Energy Efficiency – Cost Varies
You can easily cut down on energy costs by replacing outdated appliances with energy-efficient ones. If your budget can support it, consider investing in solar power.
10. Driveway Addition – 15% of Homeowners Do This – £1,873 Per Improvement
In some regions, parking vehicles close to your front door will come at a massive premium. If you can afford it, add a driveway or parking space for easy access.
Home improvements can be costly, but provide a great return on your investment when you eventually sell your property. They’ll prove even more worth if you’re planning to give your home up as inheritance to future generations.
If you’re on the lookout for an extension and building service, look no further than Embury Building Services. Our skilled contractors can transform your home in ways you can’t even imagine—why relocate when you can upgrade?