3 Ways To Add Value To Your Home

Selling your property for the best possible price is all about being able to show value to your potential buyer. A great location and substantial garden space can only get you so far. That’s why many homeowners looking to sell up turn to home refurbishments to comfortably bump up their asking price prior to going on the market.

So how much can you really add to your property’s value through home improvements, and which projects could bring in the most profit? Leads 2 Trade investigates.

A conservatory may add at least 5% to the value of your home

That’s according to Phil Spencer of Location Location Location writing for the Daily Telegraph. Conservatories are a highly desirable addition to any home. They are often a significant deciding factor for home buyers considering a purchase since they provide extra floor space and an aesthetically naturally light room.

How popular are conservatories?

In the past, potential buyers may have been in two minds about whether a conservatory was worth the extra money. That’s because many feared their conservatory would simply lose too much heat to be cost-effective in the colder months. However, the government-led Energy Follow-Up Survey showed there was little to worry about.

At the time of the survey, 18% of households in England had a conservatory. Of these, more than 77% of conservatories had their own heating; with the majority connected to central heating systems and 42% with their own direct electric or storage heaters.

The analysis from the survey showed that 45% of occupants heated their conservatory to the same temperature as their home, or to slightly cooler; showing just how energy efficient they can be.

Approximately 91% of these homes also had a separating door between their conservatory and their home to stop heat from inside the property from escaping.

In the summer, 81% of households say they keep their conservatory doors open for long periods of time to regulate the temperature throughout their home and help the room feel more spacious.

What types of conservatories are there?

There are a number of types of conservatories you can choose to best flatter your home’s architectural style and appeal to what potential buyers are looking for. Some of the most popular options include:

Lean to conservatories – Often also named garden rooms or sunrooms, lean to conservatories are the most popular conservatory of choice for homeowners in the UK.

Their flexible design means they can suit all manner of property types – including bungalows. The smooth sloped roof begins high on the property’s side, leaning down towards the edge of the conservatory for maximum space and impact.

If your home’s lack of indoor space is affecting your asking price, a lean to conservatory is a low-cost and highly effective solution.

Victorian Conservatories – Whether your home boasts contemporary style or a traditional charm, a Victorian conservatory provides a beautifully aesthetic extension to your property.

Offering a great deal more space than the standard lean-to design, Victorian conservatories have steeply-pitched roofs, ornate ridging, and large bay windows to provide as much natural light as possible.

This elegant conservatory is perfect for homes with larger back gardens so as not to take too much away from your lawn or patio while offering versatile additional indoor space.

Edwardian Conservatories – Edwardian architecture is extremely popular in the UK, offering light, airy, and simplistic touches to any home.

These conservatories are far less ornate than Victorian designs, resulting in an incredibly roomy and minimalist charm. That means you can personalise and change your indoor space however you please while perfectly flattering the versatile architecture; a factor many homebuyers actively look for in a property.

With an apex-pitched roof for a vaulted height effect, Edwardian conservatories give the illusion of even more space and light than many other designs.

Gable End Conservatories – Much like an Edwardian conservatory, gable end or pavilion conservatories also have an apex roof, however this conservatory has just one side upright with all others sloped.

You can choose either a rectangular or square shaped design to accentuate its internal dimensions. The result is a beautifully minimalist and light-filled space for your property.

L-shaped Conservatories – These conservatories are specially designed to fit around the corner of a property to allow linkage to different parts of your home. This hybrid L-shaped design utilises design elements from both lean to and Georgian conservatories for a highly functional and attractive space.

P-shaped Conservatories – This design borrows styles from lean to and Victorian conservatories for a stylish and versatile result. Many homeowners choose to create more than one living space in the different sections of their P-shaped conservatory; often with a dining space and separate lounge area.

T-shaped Conservatories – A T-shaped conservatory functions as a double-fronted home. With a door in the centre projecting from beautiful bay windows to enhance natural light, you can create living spaces either side of the central hallway to extend your property greatly.

How long does it take to install a conservatory?

Generally, you can expect to have your conservatory installed within just four or five weeks of placing your order. Some contractors may also offer shorter time frames of between three or four weeks, but this will depend greatly on the type of conservatory you choose.

There are a number of other factors that can impact the completion date of your lean-to conservatory. As well as any planning permission requirements, you should consider:

  • How long groundwork will take to complete,
  • If there are any additional design elements you have requested, and
  • The bespoke size and shape of your conservatory to fit around your home.

How much does it cost to install a conservatory?

The cost to install a conservatory will, of course, depend on the size and design you choose. In most cases, your conservatory prices will be as follows:

Type of conservatory designConservatory dimensionsFrame materialRoof materialQuotes range between
Lean To350cm by 200cmuPVCGlazed£7,150-£8,950
Edwardian300cm by 350cmuPVCGlazed£10,275-£11,975
Gable End350cm by 350cmuPVCGlazed£12,275-£13,825
L Shape350cm by 350cmuPVCGlazed£12,825-£14,350
P Shape500cm by 300cmuPVCGlazed£13,900-£15,700
T Shape500cm by 300cmuPVCGlazed£13,100-£14,800
Victorian350cm by 350cmuPVCGlazed£11,000-£12,750

 

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How much could a conservatory add to the value of my home?

Conservatories are an incredibly effective way of increasing the value of your home. In fact, they are one of the top value-adding home renovations you can make before putting your property on the market.

Those who have renovated their homes before selling have seen the value of their property increase significantly.

Renovation typeAverage value addedTypical price increase on an average home worth £224,144
New kitchen5.8%£13,000
Loft conversion7.10%£15,914
Extra bedroom8.8%£19,724
New conservatory5%£11,207

With the installation of a lean-to conservatory costing around £8,910 on average, that means you could make a profit upwards of £2,300 simply by adding a conservatory before you put your home on the market.

A burglar alarm could add up to £3,500 of value to your property

For the outlay, burglar alarms and security systems provide one of the biggest uplifts in the value of your home, so says a report from insurer GoCompare and as reported in the Daily Express. Another incredibly important factor homebuyers look for is the safety of a property. Regardless of how long the crime-rates may be in your area, burglar alarms offer an additional sense of security for a home.

What types of burglar alarms are there?

Wireless burglar alarms – These are the most popular types of burglar alarm fitted in the UK. They come with a main control panel that is hooked up to the mains, however individual sensors are battery powered. That means they use a considerably small amount of electricity which keeps sensors working for a long time, over many years.

When the batteries begin running low, they send a message back to the control panel to let you know when it’s time to replace the battery. That means your property is protected 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Wired burglar alarms – These burglar alarm systems are entirely hardwired to the mains. That means no changing batteries in sensors and total coverage for your home. This does, however, often mean installation costs are considerably higher than with wireless burglar alarms as the wiring needs to be run through every window and door.

How can I customise my burglar alarm to suit me and my family?

Different designs of burglar alarms react differently when there is a potential break in. Bell-only arms are made to sound a bell or siren from the box attached to the outside of your home if a sensor is triggered.

You can, however, also choose to have your burglar alarm monitored. That means, should something set off your alarm, the control panel will alert either you or someone else.

British Telecom, for example, run a system called BT RedCare. This service means that either the police or someone of your choosing if there has been a potential break-in. In most cases the police will respond to this call, however too many false alarms could mean they refuse to attend.

Monitored alarms can be customised to help you feel safer in your home. You may wish to wire microphones in your home so that, should the alarm be activated, you can listen in to whatever is happening in your home. Some companies even offer speakers that challenge any intruders in your property.

You can also select an ‘auto-dialler’ system which uses either your home landline or a mobile phone card to call the person of your choosing when your burglar alarm is triggered. Smart alarms also connect to your mobile phone to let you know if there has been a break in wherever you may be. They will also normally show you live video from your home in the rooms where a break-in was detected.

Burglar alarm installation times

If you are considering having burglar alarms installed in your home – either for your own family or to add value before putting your property on the market – it is likely that time is of the essence.

The amount of time it takes for your burglar alarm installation will depend on a number of factors. For example, if you were to choose a wireless system, you need only have the main control panel fitted and each battery-powered sensor placed.

On the other hand, a wired burglar alarm system would require complete wiring to each area of your home which could take a great deal longer.

What do burglar alarms cost?

Having a burglar alarm system professionally installed in your home can range in cost depending on a number of factors.

The size of your home will impact the number of sensors that you need. Here is what you can expect to pay.

Type of alarmNumber of sensors/contactsNumber of keyfobsSupply only costSupply and install costMonthly fees
Bell-only wireless21£69-£250£169-£350none
Bell-only wired2/11Not available£400none
Monitored wireless2/11Not available£100-£200£15-45
Auto-dialler alarm1/11£190-£310£290-£410none
Smart alarm10 (your smartphone acts as keyfob)£159£259none

As you can see, the prices above show the cost for basic supply as well as supply and installation work.

How you choose to customise your burglar alarm system will also impact on the price. You can add extra sensors, extra contacts, and extra key fobs as you wish. Monitored alarms also require a monthly cost but provide you with a direct line to the police or your nominated person should an alarm be triggered in your home.

High-quality burglar alarm systems provide a great deal of comfort for those looking to purchase a home. Particularly for family homes and single-occupant households, the addition of a security system could be a great selling point when you come to put your property on the market. People are often willing to pay a little extra for that peace of mind that they will be safe in their home.

In addition to this, potential homebuyers know that a home with security can greatly bring down the cost of home insurance. In many cases, you and future occupants of your home can expect discounts of up to 20% of your monthly or annual premiums. For this reason, it may be worth speaking with your home insurance company beforehand to discuss the best type of home security to install to get the best reductions.

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A new combi boiler could add up to £8,000 of value to your home

The same GoCompare survey that reported a £3,500 uplift in the value of a property when a new burglar alarm is added also showed that a new boiler would add £8,000 to your house price, as reported in the Daily Mail. Combi boilers are one of the most important investments you can make when improving your home. If you have never had a new boiler installed before or your existing boiler is showing its age, installing a combi boiler can make your home more cost-effective to run; making it even more valuable to potential buyers.

What do I need to know about combi boilers?

There are a number of factors to consider when having a new combi boiler installed in your home. You should think about:

  • The dimensions

This is the height, width, and depth of your boiler. If your replacement combi boiler is to go into the same place as your existing boiler, your installer may recommend having a boiler exactly the same size as the last one.

If you plan on relocating your boiler to somewhere else in your home, let your installer know where you have in mind so they can recommend a design which fits comfortably.

  • The flow rate

This is the amount in litres that your combi boiler can handle per minute. The ideal flow rate will depend largely on the size of your home. The more taps you have around the property, the higher your flow rate will need to be to manage.

  • The output

Much like the flow rate, the output lets you know how much water your combi boiler will be able to effectively heat in kilowatts (kW). If you want your water to be hot when it comes out of your shower or tap, you’ll need a boiler with a good enough output for our household’s needs.

  • The energy efficiency rating

Nowadays, one of the most important selling points of your property will be energy efficiency. Buyers want to know that their future home is both eco-friendly and cost-effective to run.

A-rated combi boilers use 90% more of the gas used to heat your water, where B-rated use just 85-89%. The more heat that is actually utilised, the less energy is wasted – meaning lower gas bills each year.

As well as getting a boiler, what other central heating improvements could I make to increase the value of my home?

The cold UK winters mean many homebuyers will be looking closely at your property’s heating systems before they’ll consider handing over a deposit. Some other home improvements you could consider include:

Radiators – Along with your new combi boiler, replacing a radiator in your home without extra pipework costs between just £330 and £400 and can greatly improve the efficiency in your home. This usually only takes around two hours per radiator to replace so they could be a great last minute improvement to persuade buyers.

Piping – If the pipes in your home have a habit of freezing over in cold months, this can greatly impact on your selling price. If you are replacing your existing boiler and keeping the new one in the same place, your installer will likely be able to use your current piping for the new system.

However, if you plan on moving your boiler elsewhere, you can expect additional costs for both the new pipes and labour.

Mechanical flush – A mechanical flush or ‘power flush’ effectively cleans out all of the pipework in your home. This tends to be recommended for homes with boilers more than ten years old.

As time goes by, debris like rust can build up in the pipes around your property; impacting on the water flow to your radiators. This makes it harder to produce mediocre heating results. A power flush cleans out this debris to ensure your heating is working to maximum capacity.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) – These allow you to control the temperature of each room in your home by altering the flow of hot water to each individual radiators.

TRVs generally cost just £15 to £25 per radiator for parts and labour.

How much do boilers cost?

The cost of your new combi boiler will depend on the output you require. This tends to depend on the size of your home and the number of bathrooms requiring hot water from taps.

Small properties with ten or less radiators and a single bathroom generally only require combi boilers with a 24kW to 27kW output. For a slightly larger home with up to fifteen radiators and two bathrooms, you would need an output of around 28 to 34kW.

If you own a considerably large property with up to twenty radiators and two or more bathrooms, you’ll need a radiator with an output greater than 35kW. Here is what you can expect to pay for boilers within the 24kW to 27kW output range.

Manufacturer and modelDimensions (H by W by D) inOutputFlow rate (max)Supply onlySupply plus installSupply, install, moving pipesSupply, install, moving pipes, mechanical flush
Worcester Bosch Greenstar 28i Junior710 by 400 by 33028kW11.4l£860£1,565£1,815£2,290
Valiant Greenstar 28i Junior720 by 440 by 33528kW11.5l£875£1,580£1,830£2,305
Atag IC Economiser Plus 27770 by 440 by 355/27527kW12.6l£2,005£2,710£2,960£3,435
Viesmann Vitodens 050-W 29700 by 400 by 35029kW12.1l£855£1,560£1,810£2,285
Baxi Neta-tec Combi 28 GA700 by 390 by 29028kW11.5l£835£1,540£1,790£2,265
Glow-worm Neta-tec Combi 28 GA740 by 480 by 33828kW11.5l£670£1,375£1,625£2,100
Ideal Neta-tec Combi 28 GA700 by 395 by 27830kW12.4l£755£1,460£1,710£2,185
Potterton Performa Combi 30 HE780 by 450 by 34530kW12.1l£725£1,430£1,680£2,155

Replacing a tired, old boiler in your home can make a considerable difference to your energy bills. Combi boilers are highly effective in cutting down the cost of utilities in your home, since they heat water for your taps and radiators at a much lower cost.

Savvy homebuyers will look out for energy efficiency when selecting a property, so upgrading your boiler before going on the market could mean they are willing to pay extra for these future savings.

Things to think about with home improvements and house prices

Some may be cautious about spending out on home improvements for a home they don’t plan on living in. It is important to remember that home renovations are an investment. The more energy efficient, attractive, and secure your property is, the more potential buyers will be willing to spend on it.

What’s the best way to save money on improving my home?

The lower the price you can get for your home improvements, the more profit you will make when you come to sell your property. That’s why you should always compare quotes from tradesmen on any project you plan on carrying out on your home to get the best possible price.

Our simple online tool allows you to connect with 3-4 local suppliers and installers to get real quotes on conservatory, burglar alarm, and combi boiler quickly and easily.

Our service is completely free of charge to you and the quotes you receive come with no strings attached. You won’t need to pay a penny until you have chosen the perfect installer for you.

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