Whether you want to sell or to make the most of your property, increasing its value is always a great idea. It might be a bit scary to think that only major changes can improve your home and make it more valuable. The good news is that there are many simpler and more affordable changes that can be just as effective and as profitable in the long run. While it is true that do-it-yourself upgrades and fixes might take more of your time, they will also cost you less. Each one of the fixes that you’ll find in our article will bring additional value to your home and will increase your chances of making a profit if you ever plan on selling.
If you have some extra space in your home that you don’t really use, you might want to consider transforming it into an extra bedroom. You can also extend your home and add another room, but this would be much more expensive than simply transforming a room that you use for storage into a nice and cosy guest bedroom or kids room. Adding another bedroom to your home can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%.
Many homeowners prefer to use valuable space for storage but in most cases, this isn’t a very profitable approach. If you want to free up your attic or loft, you can always invest in a garden storage shed and use the space inside your home more wisely.
If you don’t like the idea of turning your attic or your loft into an extra bedroom but would still like to have a guest bedroom or a granny annexe, we recommend getting a modern garden pod, which are the latest trend in real estate/home improvement.
An attractive outdoor area or a nice garden space can make a huge difference. If you plan on selling your property, this feature will make it more attractive for potential buyers and it can boost the value of your property by up to 5%. If you don’t plan on selling, you and your loved ones will get to enjoy it and we promise you it will be worth it. A few small changes and a lot of hard work can enhance any outdoor space, be it large or small.
It is important to mention that the perfect time to analyze and evaluate the layout of your garden is during the winter. As most plants go dormant and trees and shrubs lose their foliage, you can see the framework of your garden more clearly and you can start planning. To ensure that your gardening plan will work and your plants will grow healthy and happy, don’t forget to improve the soil. You can do this by spreading a 1-inch layer of compost over your garden beds. If you already have some nice plants in your garden, keep the compost away from the trunks and stems.
Once your soil is ready, you can start by adding a few evergreens that will serve as a backdrop and will act as a border for your garden space. According to BBC’s Gardeners’ World Magazine, some of the best evergreen trees and shrubs to plant in your garden are the Bay Tree, Cotoneaster, Loquat, Box, Griselinia, and the Olive tree. When it comes to evergreen trees, Thuja is also a great option as it is known as the perfect hedge conifer.
Enlarging your planting beds and reducing the size of your lawn can also make your garden area more appealing. Shrubs and perennials will require less water than your lawn once they get used to the environment, so they are a more eco-friendly option. Not to mention that your garden will feel more private, you’ll have more shade, and it will be a nicer place to hang out during the hot summer months. If you want to see a substantial change in a short amount of time, you can opt for fast-growing trees and shrubs such as Silver Birch, Weeping Willow, Tulip Poplar, Portuguese laurel, Hydrangea, Buddleja, Photinia, etc.
As mentioned above, gardening will require some time and effort on your part, and it is always a work in progress. The good news is that according to AARP, gardening can be a very relaxing activity with many health benefits such as exposure to Vitamin D, mood-boosting, decreased risk of dementia, and more. Turning gardening into a hobby is a great idea and you’ll surely need a place to keep your tools and equipment. When it comes to gardening sheds, our clients’ favourites are the Garden Room and Shed Combined Super Tom and Summer House with Shed Super Otto.
As more and more people decide to work from home, a garden office pod will certainly boost the value and the appeal of your property. If you are already working from home, you surely know that it can be difficult to focus if you don’t have a separate room. The kitchen table can be a good home office for about a week until you realize that your loved ones also need the space or that you can’t focus if you keep thinking of the chores that you need to do after work.
A garden office pod is a perfect solution if you want to be close to your family while also focusing on your tasks. It will also allow you to meet with clients in a professional environment and to save time and money on commutes and on eating out. And these aren’t the only benefits of investing in a garden office pod. These versatile structures can increase the value of your property by as much as 15% as they can be used for many different purposes. So, if you plan on selling your property, potential buyers will surely appreciate the extra space even if they don’t need a garden office because they’ll be able to turn it into a man cave, a guest bedroom, a home gym, a game room, a hobby room, a granny annexe, or anything they need.