If you are a homeowner, you might sometimes catch yourself wondering how to raise your home’s value with home additions. Today’s real estate market can be unpredictable, and if you’re a potential seller, you’re even more likely to be on the lookout for ways to increase the value of your home before a house appraisal. There are many ways to do this: you might renovate, install modern appliances, or simply make sure everything in the home is in the very best condition. While all of these options are likely to help to increase the value of your home, adding unique features might be considered one of the better ways to raise your home’s value, as it helps your house to stand out from the rest on the market.
To get an idea of how you might add value to your home before it comes time to resell, consider the following unique home additions:
1. Create a conservatory
Making their way back into popularity among homeowners of late, conservatories (otherwise known as sunrooms) are a great selling point for any home. Perfect for summer meals and cosy winter evenings, conservatories bring in copious amounts of light to the home as well as providing a unique space for families to enjoy. Creating your conservatory will be a worthwhile investment, but make sure you match it to the rest of the house – you don’t want it to look like a hastily-added addition that doesn’t quite complement your other rooms. Use quality materials, and your conservatory is sure to impress anyone who sees it.
2. Update an attic
Generally viewed as a place to dump spare furniture and boxes full of unused toys and clothing, attics are often under-utilised in homes. The average home’s attic space might need a bit of work to make it into a living area, but a decent attic can give a house that extra amount of space that buyers are sure to appreciate. Your attic might be a good size for a child’s bedroom, or for an extra cosy lounge. Clean it up, make renovations as necessary to make it fit to spend time in, and voila – you have an extra room to talk up to potential buyers rather than a space to store disused belongings!
3. Extend your home
The relatively new trend of using shipping containers to create extra space in a home looks set to stand the test of time, as it is one of the easiest ways to build an extra room onto a pre-existing house. Shipping containers are easy to transport as well as built to last, and perhaps for these reasons they are being added to homes all over the world. An extra room – or even a small granny flat – can be created with the help of shipping containers. You will have to connect the container to the rest of the house so that you are able to use electricity and water, but it ought to be much easier to add to a home than other additions might be, as the container is already formed. Plus, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of these installations, you can always buy one pre-fabricated and have it installed. Easy!
4. Modify a basement
You might have all the bedrooms you need, but what about a roomy second lounge or a special room for hobbies? One of the more expensive additions – but potentially worthwhile, as it essentially creates a whole new room – a basement conversion involves digging downwards and forming a new space. It’s also possible to convert an existing cellar or basement into a larger, more liveable area – perfect for a quiet office or a playroom for the kids. Best for those with a high budget and a high likelihood of selling for a decent price (because it can’t be denied that basement conversions are prone to running up the bill), there’s no question that a stylish new room underneath the main house will get buyers talking.
5. Add more light
The night sky is arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing things to the human eye, and giving buyers the opportunity to see it from their bedroom might just give you that sought-after edge over other sellers. It’s important to make sure you have your skylights installed by a reputable company, as there are plenty of horror stories out there, but adding skylights to your home is likely to help it look light, warm, and welcoming. Adding curtains or blinds will give you the option of choosing whether or not you want to enjoy the view on a night-by-night basis, and will help buyers to feel like they have options too – which is always a plus when it comes to selling a home.
6. Create a small office or study area
It may be possible to create a small office by extending or modifying an existing room or closet and building a desk and shelves. Today, it’s incredibly common to bring work home with you – and what better place to work than your own private area? Creating a small dedicated space built for work away from distractions is a unique touch that could sway future buyers; it might also help to convince buyers who have children at high school or university, with the view that giving them their own study area will help to set them up for success.
No matter what you decide to do to add value to your home, the first rule should be to refrain from rushing things. If you’re considering selling in the next few years, don’t put things off – get started now. If you do your research, budget well, and plan ahead, you’ll come out on top. Giving yourself time allows you to make the best choices regarding materials, style, and labour, and will ultimately ensure a better outcome when it comes to your appraisal and eventual sale!
Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand.
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