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We all know that the housing market is big business. If you own a home, it is likely to be the single most expensive asset you have to your name. As such, nurturing this and maximising the potential of your house is certainly a worthwhile thing to do if you want it retain its value.

There are many different ways you can improve the value of your house; in monetary terms and also quality of life to help your home work for you in the best way possible. Here are 5 ways to add value to your house for you to consider:

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Consider a loft conversion

Increasing the blueprint of your home isn’t a simple feat; you need planning permission to start with, which can be difficult to acquire. Extending your property also often comes with an awful lot of added expense, not to mention a lot of disruption. A quick win to add extra rooms to your property however can come in the form of a loft conversion. Depending on the size of your loft; you can usually get yourself an extra double room and potentially even an extra bathroom. Alternatively; the space could be turned into an office or studio. Whilst a loft conversion will still involve some considerable costs, it’s cheaper than adding an extension and less disruptive because the bulk of the work is contained in a space that you don’t tend to use anyway. Increasing the number of rooms within your property will help to add value.

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Paint your house

We’ve all watched enough DIY shows and property programmes to know that neutral paint generally wins when it comes to the colour scheme of your home. If you are looking to sell, a fresh lick of paint will probably already be on your to-do list. But, what about the exterior of your home? A fresh lick of paint on the outside portions of your home, even the entrance gates, can add more value than you think!  Even if you aren’t looking to put your property on the market, fresh paint can revitalise the entire feel of your home so it’s well worth doing.

Increase storage space

Lack of storage space is an issue that almost every household in the UK faces at one point or another – especially if you have a household with children! There just never seems to be enough room to keep everything, even if you are good at spring cleaning and having a clear out. As such, being able to increase storage space is something that will add great value to your home. Fitted bedroom furniture is a great way to do this – it’s designed to maximise space, even in awkwardly shaped rooms, and is designed to last for years to come. Long gone are the days of ugly furniture too, there are now some stunning ranges to choose from with ingenious storage solutions to help make everyday living a breeze.

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Invest in your bathroom

This is a small change that could make a big difference. If you are considering selling your home, look at your current shower. Is it a little bit pitiful? If so a small investment can go a long way. Revitalise your bathroom with a high-quality power shower. Don’t stop there; ditch the curtain and install a quality shower door instead to create a cubicle over the bath. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home, upgrading your shower will increase your quality of life no end; you’ll wonder quite why it took you so long to make the switch!

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Create more open space

Whilst the number of bedrooms can be really important, open-plan space in main living areas is now more sought after than the number of divided reception rooms. If you knock down a wall that doesn’t hold any load to create one new large room, you won’t regret the decision. It's best to get a quality builder to consult with before anything gets knocked down. But if you get the go-ahead, the benefits can be phenomenal. Not only does it create more usable space, but the feel of more space is hard to beat.

As the saying goes, sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate! Adding value to your house can be worth the initial investment.

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