Be careful not to turn a useful bedroom into an ensuite as this could harm the value of your home, said Jonathan Rolande of the National Association of Property Buyers.
Adaptable space is now highly sought after. Nick Stockley, of the architectural service resi.co.uk, said this meant having rooms that could function as a home office, a guest bedroom or even a yoga studio.
“Ultimately, having a home that can be everything to anyone is going to achieve the most value,” he said.
Work on a home office
A client of Emma Hanks, of JM Chase Property Search & Acquisition, recently sought planning permission and spent £10,000 on installing a clapboard home office in the garden of his two-bedroom flat in Chiswick, west London. “The installation of the office has added £90,000 to the value,” Ms Hanks said.
Garden rooms are usually classed as outbuildings and come under permitted development rights, if you meet certain criteria, said Darren Leach, of George & James Architects. “These include an eaves height lower than 2.5m and a maximum overall height lower than 4m for a dual-pitched roof or 3m for other roof types,” he said.
The rights do not apply to flats, listed buildings or in conservation areas or national parks. The regulations are complex, so seek professional advice.
Spruce up the kitchen
Having a kitchen you love can dramatically improve your quality of life – and your house price, said Sophie Bonsor, of buying agency Aykroyd & Co. “Kitchens can make or break a property,” she said. “You could add a lot of value.”
Dressing up the space with a new worktop, floor and cabinet doors costs £4,000 on average, according to the HomeOwners Alliance, an advice group. In return it could add £17,000 to the value of a London property and £15,000 to one in Cambridgeshire. A fully new kitchen, however, especially if it’s bespoke, can cost tens of thousands.