What are the best home improvements to make?
Convert your garage
Converting your garage into a living space can be an excellent way to maximize the amount of coverage in your home. This process will vary depending on whether or not you have parking outside already and don't mind the transition by preparing to lose your garage space. You could on the other hand have a part garage conversion, allowing you to retain part of your garage for storage purposes or maybe a utility room. Most garage conversions come under permitted development. But please check first with your local planning department, as some may need planning permission. This is always advisable before going ahead with any construction work in the UK. A conversion is always subject to building regulations in order for it to be structurally sound and comply with other requirements such as drainage, electrics, walls or the roof. You can use your local council’s Building Control service if you don't have an approved independent inspector. They will make several visits during the process check that key areas meet regulations before they approve and sign them off.
Extend your kitchen
A side return extension is utilising the empty strip of land that runs adjacent to the kitchen in a typical terraced or semi-detached house. Would you like more space? Extending the kitchen into this area could be your solution. A single-storey kitchen side-return extension will usually be classified as permitted development, provided you meet certain limits and conditions. For example, it must not exceed 4 meters in height or take up more than half of the width of your original house.
Add a Conservatory or Sunroom
A sunroom or conservatory can be easily added to a property, or built as its own secluded space in the garden. You just have to weigh up whether you want more house space versus less outdoor area - but it is usually considered permitted development so no need to go down the long drawn out planning permission route. But as always, check with your local authorities first to make sure.
Choose your conservatory wisely. The glass is the biggest part of this project, so make sure to explore all options carefully before deciding on a material for it. While double glazing may be considered enough by building regulations, there are many other types available that will work better with what you need in terms of heat and light control or cleaning ability, consider which one suits both your lifestyle and home best! You also have more choices when it comes to frames; opt for UPVC if durability is needed as well as maintenance-free use (and who doesn't want less upkeep?), but timber might suit some people's homes better based on their aesthetics preference without sacrificing quality performance at all costs. Adding a conservatory to your house is considered permitted development, but you need to first meet various limits and conditions. For example, if you plan to remove the doors or the walls linking it with your house, you’ll have to make an application proving that it's as energy efficient as the rest of the home.
Converting a house into flats
Converting a large house into flats is a popular concept in Nottingham, where the demand for housing continues to grow. But before you begin this project, it's important that you do your research because there are some factors which may affect the home conversion. For example: if three-bedroom properties are not successfully selling presently, but smaller flats are moving quickly then doing so would be profitable and might even provide more rental income than what was originally earned on such homes before they were converted to accommodate people looking for small living space options - or vice versa of course!
Add value with approved planning permission
One of the most underrated things you can do to sell your house is get prior planning permission. Planning permission doesn't just cut down on how long it takes for someone to buy your home, but also helps increase its value and curb any buyer objections about potential planning issues or building restrictions. The process itself costs a surprisingly small amount of money too - which means that whether you're buying a new place with family in mind or looking at downsizing after retirement, this couldn't be more important.
Does planning permission add value?
If you're looking to get the most out of your property, adding planning permission is a must as it can increase its market worth by up to 10%. However, how much value this equates will depend on a number of factors. This includes what type of new plans are being put into motion and whether or not they have been granted approval from relevant authorities like local councils before making any major investments in them. Look at things such as…
The housing market is volatile, and the industry can't predict how much planning permission will affect prices. There's no doubt that if you're looking to sell your house in a prime Nottingham location, it could see as much of an increase of 10% in value. Homes elsewhere might just experience an extra thousand or two worth of value. The only thing for certain about adding planning permission to your home is that it will certainly help with long term value or selling, so it’s worth pursuing.
Are basement conversions worth doing?
If you own an old, run-down building in a high-demand area for housing such as central Nottingham or other sought-after urban areas, then converting the basement to residential space is usually financially viable. It can be much more difficult to make this work elsewhere because what people are willing and able to pay per square meter changes drastically depending on location. However, estate agents should help with evaluating how profitable your conversion could potentially be based on factors like local property values and demographics where it would sit within the local area.
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