Replacing a kitchen and adding a bedroom are the most popular renovations, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). But smaller jobs can add just as much value. Here experts highlight home improvement ideas that are worth doing to maintain your investment and ensure your property holds its value.
‘If you do nothing else, make sure your home is watertight and the building, garden and grounds are well presented and in good decorative order,’ says Graham Ellis, RICS Associate Director.
Little things, such as looking after the condition of your window frames, will keep up your property’s appearance and improve its insulation, says DIY expert Craig Phillips. ‘Cleaning frames and fascia boards twice a year with silicon wipes keeps them looking clean and fresh, and helps you to spot any potential flaws before they get too serious and cause problems that can devalue your home,’ he says.
While you’re freshening up the windows, check guttering and pipework. Heavy accumulations of leaves and debris can weigh down guttering and pull it away from its fixings, while blocked pipes allow water to build up, especially in torrential storms, and cause internal damp, which can be costly to fix.
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