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The 21st century ways to add value to a property

There are a number of times when home owners should think about adding value to their property, say Midlands estate agents. Those with selling in mind can increase the value of their property by making improvements before they go to market. Investors and landlords can also help their long term appreciation prospects buy choosing houses for sale in the Midlands that are in need of modernisation, or can be enlarged through conversion or extension. During the 1970s and 1980s adding value to a property usually entailed the installation of central heating, the replacement of wiring or the fitting of double glazing. Fast forward three decades and properties for sale in the Midlands without these modern conveniences are few and far between, and are usually snapped up by investors before they have even reached the open market. Twenty first century living has lead to new ways of adding value to a property, as home movers look for different solutions to modern life. The strive for more space is spearheading renovations and developments, with lifestyle improvements following close behind. Midlands estate agents are keen to point out those properties with potential to extend or with lofts/outbuildings to convert are high on buyers' wish lists. Here at Winkworth, we often help purchasers who prefer to buy a modest property to improve and enlarge as their finances allow. We're also involved in identifying properties for sale in the Midlands in up-and-coming areas, where prices look set for an upward trend. So what improvements add the most value and turn the most heads' Creating a garden if the property doesn't already have one is what adds the most value today - reportedly increasing a property's value by up to 10 percent. Properties for sale in the Midlands where a roof garden can be created, or where land can be acquired to create outdoor space, are especially prized. A loft conversion is another way of adding in the region of 10 percent to a home's value. The most appealing loft conversion feature a proper staircase, plenty of natural light, storage and an en-suite bathroom. Adding a parking space is the third best way of increasing value of up to 10 percent, especially in Midlands suburbs where there is restricted parking. Remodelling the front garden is the quickest way to do this but owners must seek permission from the local council for a drop kerb. Sticking with outside improvements, a garden office/workshop can help lift values by as much as five percent but it's important to make sure any outside room is well insulated, heated and habitable throughout the year. If you're looking to increase a home's value from inside, a new kitchen or an additional bathroom can add as much as five percent to the value. 'A'-rated appliances, modern conveniences like coffee machines, wine coolers and plate warming drawers all impress when selling on, while additional bathrooms are a boon in family homes or in let properties of multiple occupation. Finally, and most in tune with modern living, is the addition of a 'man cave' - a room that could be devoted to gym equipment, games consoles, entertainment or hobbies (and not always just for men!). A man cave could add one percent to the asking price.

There are a number of times when home owners should think about adding value to their property, say Midlands estate agents. Those with selling in mind can increase the value of their property by making improvements before they go to market. Investors and landlords can also help their long term appreciation prospects buy choosing houses for sale in the Midlands that are in need of modernisation, or can be enlarged through conversion or extension.

During the 1970s and 1980s adding value to a property usually entailed the installation of central heating, the replacement of wiring or the fitting of double glazing. Fast forward three decades and properties for sale in the Midlands without these modern conveniences are few and far between, and are usually snapped up by investors before they have even reached the open market.

Twenty first century living has lead to new ways of adding value to a property, as home movers look for different solutions to modern life. The strive for more space is spearheading renovations and developments, with lifestyle improvements following close behind.

Midlands estate agents are keen to point out those properties with potential to extend or with lofts/outbuildings to convert are high on buyers' wish lists. Here at Winkworth, we often help purchasers who prefer to buy a modest property to improve and enlarge as their finances allow. We're also involved in identifying properties for sale in the Midlands in up-and-coming areas, where prices look set for an upward trend.

So what improvements add the most value and turn the most heads'

Creating a garden if the property doesn't already have one is what adds the most value today - reportedly increasing a property's value by up to 10 percent. Properties for sale in the Midlands where a roof garden can be created, or where land can be acquired to create outdoor space, are especially prized.

A loft conversion is another way of adding in the region of 10 percent to a home's value. The most appealing loft conversion feature a proper staircase, plenty of natural light, storage and an en-suite bathroom.

Adding a parking space is the third best way of increasing value of up to 10 percent, especially in Midlands suburbs where there is restricted parking. Remodelling the front garden is the quickest way to do this but owners must seek permission from the local council for a drop kerb.

Sticking with outside improvements, a garden office/workshop can help lift values by as much as five percent but it's important to make sure any outside room is well insulated, heated and habitable throughout the year.

If you're looking to increase a home's value from inside, a new kitchen or an additional bathroom can add as much as five percent to the value. 'A'-rated appliances, modern conveniences like coffee machines, wine coolers and plate warming drawers all impress when selling on, while additional bathrooms are a boon in family homes or in let properties of multiple occupation.

Finally, and most in tune with modern living, is the addition of a 'man cave' - a room that could be devoted to gym equipment, games consoles, entertainment or hobbies (and not always just for men!). A man cave could add one percent to the asking price.

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