Please yourself and add value too

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You make improvements to your home to ensure it’s more suited to your lifestyle and taste, but unless it’s your forever house, you may also be interested in what would make it more valuable when you come to sell.

Luckily, the home improvements that most appeal to buyers are the same ones that appeal to you. If you’re still concerned about resale though, ask local estate agents whether the work you’re considering is advisable. They should know if you’d be spending more than the finished property would be worth and if you’d be spending your money on the right home improvements for the area and the type of people who will buy your home.

For example, a lot of cottages and other small houses have a downstairs bathroom, usually off the kitchen. Sometimes moving the bathroom into one of the bedrooms will add value, but it does depend on the number of bedrooms and who you want to appeal to when you sell. Buyers might expect a downstairs bathroom in that area or type of property, so moving the bathroom upstairs could be a waste of time and money.

If your house has two or three bedrooms and is likely to appeal to younger buyers who have a family or are planning one, they might want the bathroom downstairs. However, if you expect to sell to older, downsizing buyers , they mostly prefer an upstairs bathroom. If you can fit a toilet (and washbasin) upstairs without compromising the layout too much, this can be a good solution.

In areas where parking is tricky, having off-street parking makes is a big asset when you sell. However, off-street parking is a better investment in some areas than others – if you live in an expensive urban area, it’s almost certainly money well spent. The interactive house at www.planningportal.gov.uk has information on what you can do without planning.