Ask an Expert! - Peter Heron

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Ask an Expert!

03 Jan 2014

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As you look through the pages of the Sunderland Echo and property magazines, you are likely to come across one survey or another that seeks to prove how various property improvements add a certain percentage to the value of a property. 

There has recently been a marked increase in the number of people undertaking improvements whose motivation is to specifically to increase the value of their property prior to a sale. If you are considering such improvements, you should approach such surveys with caution.

For example, the public's response to a recent survey as to which home improvements were most likely to add value were at offs with the view of a panel of property valuation experts and Chartered Surveyors. The public's view was that a new kitchen would add more value than either a loft conversion or an extension.

Certainly, whilst a new kitchen might be the most impressive of the three and have the greatest initial impact, we would agree with the expert view that an extension, closely followed by a loft conversion, would generally contribute to a property's value than a kitchen.

This is because, unlike a kitchen, an extension of some description actually increases the size and hence usability of the property. This means that it is likely to appeal to more buyers and therefore generate a higher price for your home. This is especially true where the additional space means that your property falls into the category of buyer above that in which it stood before it was extended. For example, a two bedroom cottage suddenly appeals to the family market once a third bedroom and second bathroom are added.

There are numerous factors to consider when deciding how to enhance your property's value and saleability. Please feel free to call us on 0191 510 3323 if you would like to discuss your own plans with an expert.