Dos and Don’ts Of Adding Value To Your Home

Shutterstock / Followtheflow © A dog on beautiful sofa Pic: Shutterstock

Our homes are not only our sanctuaries, but often our most valuable asset. Whether you are selling, or looking to upgrade your existing home, it’s handy to know what additions will give a big uplift in your home’s value, and which ones won’t! With this in mind national furniture retailer, ScS, has partnered with to provide some tips to consider before you start renovating…

Tips to add value:

Replacing radiators – add up to £10,000!

Contemparary radiators Pic: Shutterstock

Pic: Shutterstock

The heating system is one of the most important parts of any property and upgrading radiators can ensure they emit enough heat to keep the room warm, as well as improving appearance.

Free standing, aluminium radiators are perfect for a stylish, modern upgrade to your heating system. Black or charcoal coloured radiators not only add a classic and chic element to a room but are also the advised option as they emit the most heat, which will keep the room at a nice cosy temperature.

Improving interior doors – add up to £7,500!

Contemporary interior doors Pic: Shutterstock

Pic: Shutterstock

By upgrading your interior doors, you can create a stylish feel and add to your property value by creating the impression of elegance and luxury.

The addition of double doors not only provides more functional and flexible access, but also elevates the style of the room by creating the option of having open space and flow throughout the house.

Replacing the kitchen floor – add up to £5,000!

Beautiful kitchen and flooring Pic: Shutterstock

Pic: Shutterstock

Replacing your kitchen floor can not only update the look and feel of the room, but can also provide buyers with the insurance of longevity.

Doing this can result in a clean and comfortable finish, which is practical and affordable. Modern porcelain tiles are an effective way to add value onto the kitchen, as they’re hard-wearing, waterproof, stain-resistant and durable – or opt for a wood finish that won’t date.

Changes that won’t add value:

Freestanding baths

Freestanding bath Pic: Shutterstock

Pic: Shutterstock

Freestanding baths look great in social media posts, but they often come with a lot of practical issues that make them unattractive to buyers.

They are far higher maintenance than normal varieties and you may need to make extra room under your floor for additional pipes and plumbing. If these pipes leak, they can be incredibly expensive to access and can create bad smells.

Log burners

On cold winter evenings, log burners can make your room feel cosy, but not all buyers will agree. They require a lot of fuel, which can be expensive, and you need somewhere to store the wood, which takes up extra space. There’s also the risk of smoke damage and marking decorated walls, which buyers won’t want to inherit.

Frog tape walls

Girl's bedroom paint effect walls Pic: Shutterstock

When done well, paint effects can look amazing, but not all attempts look as good as this! Pic: Shutterstock

Triangular-painted feature walls, with frog-tape used to create coloured shapes, have become incredible popular, but such creativity isn’t always appreciated by buyers.

Over-expressive decorating, like accent corners, scalloped edges, painted arches or frog-tape walls, are all very much to individual taste, so can make it harder to achieve a sale. You’re far better off sticking to neutral colours.

Gold hardware

Shiny gold features can add a touch of elegance around the home, but this effect doesn’t last long.

Gold hardware can quickly look stained and marked, which is very noticeable. It can also be difficult to match it with other features in your home, especially once the gold colour is faded.

Check out Home Comforts each week in My Weekly, your guide to home and interior styles. Here’s our latest issue, on sale now!

Allison Hay

I joined the "My Weekly" team thirteen years ago and, more recently, "The People's Friend". I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazines. I manage the digital content for the brands, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters.