What are the best home improvements to make?
Convert your garage
If your garage is no longer being used to house your car or it’s just full of junk, it could make sense to convert the space into a habitable living area. This may be especially true if you already have parking available outside of the home. The first step would involve checking that converting a part of your property can legally happen, as well as whether or not there are any planning restrictions set in place for this type of alteration on your existing structure. Typically with an integral garage conversion some form of permitted development may work fine like what's needed when constructing some type of house extension building. On some occasions you may need approval from authorities but always check with them before making changes so you don't run into problems later down the road. Better to be safe than sorry. A garage conversion is always subject to building regulations. Inspectors will make sure the key areas of your home are compliant with regulation for structural soundness before you can go ahead and get a permit from them or otherwise.
Extend your kitchen
Terraced houses and semi-detached houses in the UK are so traditional, but they don't have to be! One way you can make it easier for your family and guests is by extending the kitchen with a new kitchen extension project. This will provide more space while also improving the layout of what's always been such a small room in these types of British houses. A single-storey side-return extension to contain a new kitchen will usually be classed as permitted development, provided you meet certain limits and conditions. For example, it must not exceed 4 meters in height or half the width of your original house.
Conservatory or Sunroom
A sunroom or conservatory can be easily added to a property and is often built as an extension of the house. You need planning permission for any building work so check this out before you get started on your project! A sunroom provides extra living space in winter - because it's warm inside- but also offers shade during summers when temperatures are high outside. It's important not to lose sight of what really matters though: think about whether having more garden space would suit you better than additional square footage indoors? The size of your conservatory is going to be determined by the glass you choose. Double glazing, solar control and self cleaning are all common options but there are many more out there for different lifestyles or preferences in home décor. The frame also has a big impact on how well it performs so do some research before making any decisions. Conservatories can be a beautiful addition to your home, but they come with many restrictions. In order for conservatories to qualify as permitted development and not require approval from the council or planning board, there are limits on their size and how much it protrudes into the garden area; however some types of conservatory also need an application if you want modifications such as doors removed that would make them more private.
Converting a house into flats
Converting a house into flats has become a popular conversion project in Nottingham, where demand is high and rental properties are easier to rent. Splitting the property up can maximize income for renters now while also providing profit on sale later. But before you begin any project, do some research to check if there's enough interest among potential flat-seekers in your marketing area, because if three bedroom homes aren't shifting but smaller ones are doing well, converting could be an option worth considering, so always do your homework first and figure out the potential.
Add value with approved planning permission
Adding planning permission to your house can be the best decision you make. Not only does it increase your home's overall value, but there is no cost or hassle involved in this process. Planning permissions are a great way of getting ahead and increasing your home's worth with a bit of forward thinking and effort. Prior planning Permissions can add substantial value if approved before you come to sell your home.
Does planning permission add value?
The additional advantage of adding planning permission to your home will in most cases increase its market value. But however, the actual value this equates too can be down to a number of principles laid out below.
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Homeowners that reside in prime Nottingham locations could have the potential to return a 10% rise in their home price, otherwise houses in other places of the UK might only see a small percentage or just a couple of extra thousand pounds in value. It’s not easy for the housing industry to see how much a planning permission will add to an average house. Some homeowners would be happy in the knowledge that gaining prior planning permission before they sell, would help them fetch the asking price a lot easier, as it would be more appealing to potential buyers. One thing for sure, I have never experienced anyone’s house price being affected negatively due to this added planning permission, I will guarantee that it will help in a positive way.
Basement conversions, do they add value?
Whether a cellar or basement conversion is financially viable will depend on the cost of work relative to local property values. It almost always makes financial sense to add lower ground floor space in high-value areas, such as central Nottingham and other sought-after urban centres. Elsewhere the potential for adding value needs more careful analysis. Estate agents should be able to give you an indication of how much space per square meter in your area are worth
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