Nicer to live in and much easier to sell

Loft conversion bedrooms are handy but be careful of ending up top heavy.
Loft conversion bedrooms are handy but be careful of ending up top heavy.

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You do home improvements to make your home more suited to your lifestyle and taste, but you may also be interested in making it more sellable and valuable.

Adding living space is one of the best ways to improve your home and increase its value.

If you’ve outgrown your home and you can make it bigger by building an extension or converting the loft, cellar or garage, doing the work is often more economical than moving to a larger property and gives you an opportunity to create living space tailored to you and your family.

However, be careful not to extend your home in the wrong way.

For example, if you’re converting the loft to create an extra bedroom and there isn’t enough living space downstairs to support the total number of bedrooms, you’ll be making the house too top heavy.

In areas where parking space is limited, having off-street parking adds value to your home.

However, investing in this is often only worth doing in some areas – usually expensive urban ones.

You may need planning permission from your local council to convert your front garden to off-street parking, and some councils are cracking down on this, as hard driveways aren’t good for drainage.

Click on the interactive house at planningportal.gov.uk for information on what you can do without applying for planning permission.