5 Renovations That Will Increase Your Home’s Value By 20% In 2022


Selling a property is routinely listed as one of the most stressful life events a person can experience (in fact, in a survey by Vivo Property Buyers participants said selling a home was more stressful than starting a new job, planning a wedding, and even having a baby).

Among the many stress-inducing elements of selling up (including showings and packing) is securing an offer that’s high enough to enable you to proceed with other planned living arrangements, and perhaps even earn a bit of a profit.

‘Presenting a stylish, well-designed, and functional home to buyers is a key way to differentiate and sell your property quickly,’ says Ryan Ninnis from Foxtons estate agents. ‘We regularly see increases in value of 15-20 per cent for owners who have made home improvements that appeal to the demands of the local market.’

Enter: The experts at bespoke furniture brand Neville Johnson, with five ways to make your property stand out in a crowded market this year, and add value to secure the best offer possible when it’s time to sell…

1. Smarten-up staircases

      Here’s a sobering statistics: according to research by Foxtons, 72 per cent of house-hunters know instantly whether they’ll buy the property or not when on a viewing. That means, regardless of period features and open-plan spaces, people are likely to make up their minds before they even get to the showstoppers. The best way around this? Show your staircase some love.

      Typically, staircases take up space in the hallway – they’re often the very first feature you notice as you enter a property. So, ensure yours is in great condition, and fits the feel of the house.

      • Need more hallway decorating inspiration? Read our hallway ideas guide with tips and tricks from interior design experts.

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      Neville Johnson

      2. Opt for built-in wardrobes

      Ample storage often makes house-hunters’ must-have lists. So, if you’re thinking of selling, it’s wise to consider various storage solutions that you can add that will make your property more appealing.

      Want to keep things as simple as possible? Fitted wardrobes can help to maximize bedroom space, and are especially ideal for period properties, where original features need bearing in mind and flat-pack furniture looks out of place.

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      3. Style a multifunctional study

      With the pandemic enabling many to transition to working from home long term, the need for office space that’s separate from living areas is ever-increasing. In fact, a study could be more of an asset than an additional bedroom, nowadays.

      How can you use this intel in your favourite? Style a study area somewhere within your home (preferably – if space allows – in a room of its own and with ample storage solutions) to demonstrate how the space can be utilized for both working and living.

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      House Beautiful/Mark Scott

      4. Invest in a dressing room

      A well-designed dressing room can often be what clinches a sale. It’s a highly-desired and luxury asset that sells more than bricks and mortar to house-hunters – it sells a lifestyle.

      Of course, not every property has space enough to incorporate a dressing room (which is particularly true of period homes), but if you’re fortunate enough to have the means to create one prior to putting your home on the market, you could see increased interest and higher offers.

      Bear in mind, though, that the dressing room’s finish is what determines added value, so opt for high-quality, well-made fitted furniture, and trim.

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      House Beautiful/Mark Scott

      5. Consider building a home library

      Post-pandemic, we’re all on the hunt for a bit of escapism, it seems. And, the property-sellers who are able to capture that feeling within their walls may be able to increase their home’s value to the appropriate buyers.

      ‘Over the past two years, we have seen an increase in home library projects,’ a Neville Johnson spokesperson tells House Beautiful. ‘Depending on the style of the property, a traditional library, complete with mullions, skirting, and cornicing, or a contemporary library with shelf lighting and seamless doors, can be a real focal point and add desire, quality, and value to the home .’

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      Harlem Iconic Vinyl Flooring, Lifestyle Floors

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