Thinking of selling your old home? Before putting it up on the market, it could be worth investing in some improvements. Old properties tend to suffer from wear and tear as well as potentially having outdated amenities. Restoring an old home can be an expensive job, but it could add on value making it all worthwhile. Unlike a newer home, an older property may have a sense of history that you want to preserve, so it’s worth making sure that any improvements fit in with the period of the home. Here are just a few ways to successfully add value to an old home.
There’s often a lack of insulation in older homes, resulting in heat being lost easily and high gas bills. The most effective form of insulation is loft insulation as its through the attic where most heat is lost. You can buy thermal wool insulation to install yourself for cheap, or you could get a professional service to provide spray-on foam insulation. Other forms of insulation could include cavity wall insulation, floor insulation and double glazing.
Brighten it up
Old homes tend to be gloomy – brightening the interior up could make a big impact on value of the home. You could let in more natural sunlight by adding extra windows. These should ideally suit the character of the building – sash windows as supplied by companies such as Pembroke and Nash could be a beautiful and rustic feature. Alternatively, you could install extra lighting. You can buy Victorian-style bulbs that run on LEDs and have a high lumen count, providing brightness and energy efficiency without sacrificing style.
Old fixtures may not only look worn and mottled – they may also be less energy efficient. Consider adding new fixtures that are both economical to use and aesthetically pleasing. There are many fixtures with modern capability and a traditional appearance. Companies like Victorian Plumbing have a number of freestanding baths and traditional showerheads with modern water pressure. There are also traditional-looking ovens on the market with modern electric capability.
Add more sockets
A lot of older properties have a shortage of sockets – the demand for electrical appliances may have been lower at the time that the sockets were first fitted. Adding some extra sockets in could increase the value. Rooms to focus on include the kitchen and the living room where there are likely to be the most appliances in use.
Fix any structural problems
Signs of decay will negatively affect the value of your home. It could be worth hiring a surveyor to check for any serious problems that need confronting. This could include sealing up cracks, retiling the roof, relaying the floor, fixing faulty wiring or even updating old piping. When it comes to parts of the structure that are visible, try to keep as much of the original structure as you can. Old floorboards are an attractive feature and you should only replace them if they’re noticeably damaged. A lot of this may require hiring professionals – collect multiple quotes so that you can negotiate price matches and get the cheapest deal. Make sure to always check that these professionals are licensed and fully qualified to carry out such work.