July 17th 2012
Decorating tips

How to add value to your home most effectively


Most of the time we make home improvements for two reasons: firstly to create a better living space for ourselves and our families and secondly to add value to our properties. These two reasons are not mutually exclusive. You can create a more liveable space and one that will really add value to your home if you follow a few simple rules. Here are a few ways to add value to your home whilst creating a living space you truly want.


Installing a new kitchen or sprucing up your old one can add thousands to the value of your home. When new units and surfaces are combined with a fresh lick of paint and perhaps the loss of a few walls opening up the living space, you can add even more. The kitchen is a major selling point and done correctly can be the difference between asking price and ten grand under.

Quality features

From solid wood internal doors and floors, to chrome taps and door handles high quality features really do sell homes. You may have to spend a little but you’ll get more than just a little in return; in fact you could get a lot, several thousands in fact. Todd Doors are the largest online retailer in the UK of solid wood interior doors with designs in hardwoods such as oak and mahogany. These internal doors and other luxury features really will add the ‘wow’ factor.


If you can convert an unusual box room into a bathroom or really overhaul your current one you can really make a difference to the value of your property. You don’t need to re-do everything however. You can probably keep the bathroom suite, but replacing taps, adding a glass shower screen rather than a curtain and retiling will definitely encourage people to offer the asking price or close to it.

The exterior

It may seem like a big job, but overhauling the exterior is actually one of the easiest ways to add value to your home with the smallest amount of money and effort. Fresh paint, cleaning the guttering and replacing any lost or broken roof tiles can add up to £1,000 to the value of your property. It will take about a day to do – not a bad return for a day’s work.

Find out more about adding value to your property on The Telegraph’s website