How to add value to your house (and what not to do)

A well-built backyard room that can be utilized as an office, fitness center or further sitting room is an effective approach to add flooring house to your dwelling without having planning permission – supplied it falls inside sure limits (ie that it’s lower than 2.5m in top, takes up not more than 50 per cent of the land across the house, and isn’t any nearer to a highway than the house itself. Properties in conservation areas and listed buildings could have further restrictions).

Expect to pay from round £15,000 for a good-quality backyard room – which ought to then add 1.5 occasions its value to the value of your dwelling.

Similarly, changing a storage into residing house can add 10-15 per cent in value, in accordance to David Westgate of property consultants Andrews – meals for thought for storage homeowners, 70 per cent of whom reportedly don’t use theirs to house a automobile.

Westgate additionally factors out that it’s one other great way to add a useable residing house “without having to spend time and money on laying foundations, and constructing walls and a roof”. Converting a storage that’s ­integral to the house ought to fall below permitted growth, and will value as ­little as £7,500 in accordance to ­Checkatrade. If the storage is separate from the house, planning permission for a change of use could be wanted.

Make some tweakments

Decorating your house is the most cost effective approach to make a big change, however can a coat of paint actually add value? ­Stipendium’s analysis means that an all-over redecoration, with a median value of just below £3,000, might add 3.1 per cent to your dwelling’s value.

The model you select might have an effect on this, nonetheless: a contemporary, impartial ­palette is the safer alternative than a ­assertion patterned wallpaper or ­ornamental paint function.

Similarly, landscaping the backyard may enhance the aesthetic enchantment of an out of doors house, however is unlikely to add a lot value: the identical analysis noticed a median spend of £3,750 leading to a return of £125.

Calling all self-builders, renovators, remodellers, converters and extenders

The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2022 are open and we wish to hear all about your accomplished tasks and the challenges you overcame. This is your likelihood to showcase your arduous work.

Our awards scheme has been championing Britain’s most inspiring dwelling tasks for nearly 30 years, and inspiring others on their own-build journey.

With greater than 10 classes, the awards put the trouble and dedication of householders within the highlight to have a good time the arduous work and ambition it takes to full such a project.

As nicely as on the lookout for nice dwelling design, we wish to hear about all particular landmark moments and the fantastic design-and-build staff behind every distinctive dwelling.

Houses of all styles and sizes are welcome – from petite self-builds to grand barn conversions – and we embrace properties completed to a variety of budgets, types and designs.

One of the shortlisted tasks will likely be chosen as our Home of the Year 2022 and the owners will win £1,000 of John Lewis vouchers.

The awards take simply a few minutes to enter and are free to enter.

We can’t wait to see your photographs and listen to all about your tasks. Good luck!

How to enter your project

To enter on-line, full the entry type at

  • If by submit, ship the shape to Future PLC, Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA.
  • The cut-off date for getting into the awards is June 3, 2022.
  • The project have to be completed (or at the very least very practically) so as to qualify for the competitors and entries (each on-line and by submit) will want to have hooked up:
  • Floorplans (“before” and “after” the place related)
  • At least two “before” images the place related
  • 10 inside photos (front room, kitchen and many others)
  • At least one {photograph} of the outside.
  • Shortlisted tasks could also be visited in individual by our awards panel and will likely be featured each within the newspaper and on-line, so that you have to be ready for you and your dwelling to be photographed.
  • Some winners can even be featured in The Daily Telegraph.
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