Your home is not only the place where you live but is often your most valuable asset. As such, you want to do the best to protect it from anything that could damage it. You also might want to do work that increases the value of it should you want to sell at any stage or simply to make it better for your family. So what are the best areas to concentrate these efforts on for your London home?
Watch for destructive problems
Top of the list of things to watch for include problems such as damp, condensation, dry rot and black mould. These can lead to serious problems that can weaken the structure of your home and lead to a very costly repair bill.
With matters regarding damp, you can talk to damp proof experts such as Tapco HomeDry who can carry out a survey of your property to ensure there are no problems building up. Conditions such as dry rot can begin when the property is damper than ideal and often the fungus grows out of sight until the problem is well established.
Mould isn’t as harmful to the structure itself but can make living in the property uncomfortable and unpleasant. It looks terrible too and if you are selling your home, this would be a major put-off for any potential buyer.
Look at insulation and energy efficiency
Standards for things like insulation and energy efficiency do change over time so while your property may have been at the cutting edge when the work was done, it might now be under the standard. So having an expert in insulation and energy efficiency carry out an assessment of the property can be a good idea.
Energy efficiency often comes from things like the double glazing on windows and doors as well as features such as cavity walls in addition to insulation in the roof. These measures not only protect your house but also can save you money on your energy bills as less heat is wasted.
Extend or alter the property
One of the top ways to add value to your property is to add space to your property. From DIY orangeries and solid oak extensions to loft conversions and conservatories, there are lots of different ways to add to your property and therefore increase its value.
If you have space around your property, then extending outwards is a popular move. Conservatories are very easy to erect and can be used for a number of purposes. Orangeries and garden rooms feature some of the conservatory features but have more brickwork. Single or double storey extensions are the biggest projects but also provide spaces such as bedrooms, bathrooms or home offices.
If you can’t go out, you may be able to go up and converting the loft is often a possibility. There are lots of uses for a converted loft including as a master bedroom, a home office, a playroom for the kids or even just for storage space. Experts in conversions will be able to tell you if the property is suitable and any regulations that will apply to it.