Last Update on July 21, 2015 // Written by Hank No Comments

CCUpgrading your home isn't something to be taken lightly, you know. There can be a lot of money involved, and there's a balance you need to find between ‘worth it' and ‘just showing off'. As regular readers of this blog might attest, I'm normally quite fond of both. However, when it comes to the house, I want to see a return on my investment. So, I've been thinking about what I can do to the house that will give me a return when it comes to the time I want to sell up. And the following suggestions are high up there on my list. 5

Cary Peterson

Improve the garage

The garage isn't truly a garage anymore, for many households. In fact, it's become more of a spare room. Some people like to set up a gym; others will turn it into a bachelor pad. I haven't quite made up my mind yet, but I do have one thing that is for definite: my doors need replacing. It's time to trade in the tired old metal sheet - rust and all - and install a wooden front instead. It's going to turn the garage into an eye-catching sight from the road, and will give me the options to do whatever I choose to the inside.

Loft conversion

I've seen a lot of this lately. A family move into a four-bedroom house and stay there a year or two, and all the while they're building a loft conversion. A couple of extra bedrooms and a bathroom and kerrching! They are quids in and move on to an even better pad. It's worth considering if you have enough space up there, and will certainly bring about a tidy profit. Not only this but it improves the quality of the house. Many lofts are used for storage space for items that hardly get used, and the stale, dark, damp but warm conditions make it ideal for unwanted guests to pay a visit. In this case people turn to companies like to relieve them of any infestations they might be suffering with. However, being converted into a utilised living space, this risk becomes almost non existent let alone adds to the house's worth. So all in all, it is a pretty worthy investment with house upgrades.

New kitchen

According to many estate agents I know, people pay the most attention to the kitchen whenever they are viewing a house. It's the hub of many people's lives - especially those with families. So, it makes sense to make it look as nice as it possibly can. You don't have to spend a fortune on an upgrade. As long as it's clean, well laid out and in good condition, it's going to help you get a quicker sale.


Another big seller is a bright and sparkly bathroom. Let's face it, if it doesn't look clean and fresh, it will create a lasting negative impression. For many, the the prospect of having to do it up, is not something they will relish. Many folks just want to move into a ready-made home and are prepared to spend over the odds for it. So a new bathroom is definitely on the cards - at some point.

En suite bathrooms

Who doesn't love an en suite bathroom? Especially at three in the morning when you just have to get up. En-suites are a pretty big pull for house buyers - whether they have already got one or not. Those that do will already understand the advantages that en suites bring. Those that don't might be prepared to pay that little bit more for one. However, I wouldn't do this in a smaller bedroom - it's only for when you have space. People want room to breathe a little in their bedrooms, and no en suite is going to change that. Any suggestions you can think of? I'd love to hear them, so get involved in the comments section below.  

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