Adding value to your home with UPVC
4 May 2016
5 ways Eurocell UPVC products help you add value to your homeThis time of year always sees an increase in activity on the housing market as homeowners spruce up their properties and buyers take advantage of the longer days and lighter nights to look for their dream home.
So with prices once again heading in the right direction after a difficult few years, what steps can you take to add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers?
The good news is, there’s no need to spend a fortune on a loft conversion, extra bedroom or a new conservatory.
All the experts agree high value home improvements like these translate into huge increases in property values. But if you don’t want to commit that kind of money (think £20,000 as a starting price for a loft extension), there are other, more affordable improvements that may not add to the value of your home to the same degree, but which will nevertheless make it much more attractive to buyers when they call.
Here are the top 5 suggestions from Eurocell to help you get the most from your investment in bricks and mortar.
1. Invest in new windows and doors.Kerb appeal is the key to attracting interest in your home. If it looks shabby and uncared for at first glance, then potential buyers will simply do a drive-by rejection, strike it off their list and move on.
Smart, well kept windows and doors play a huge part in creating that essential first impression, and our wide range of UPVC window and door systems means you’ll be able to choose a style that’s exactly right for your property.
With windows, the rule of thumb is to stick as closely as possible to the architectural design of those that were originally fitted to the house.
So if you live in a Victorian or Edwardian property, that means you’re best looking at our VS (vertical sliding) sash or flush-sash casement windows.
The modern equivalent of the traditional sash window, the VS range uses modern materials and technology to give you the best of both worlds: the authentic appearance and twin sliding casements of the classic sash design, coupled with the comfort, security and energy efficiency of UPVC double glazing.
On the other hand, if you live in a modern property, an innovative profile such as our Modus system is probably more appropriate, with its slim frames and wide choice of contemporary frame colours.
Remember, UPVC windows will improve the energy efficiency of your home as well. Not just more comfortable for you, but a real bonus when it comes to selling.
Every home on the market now has to have an EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, which states how much the new owners can expect to pay in energy bills. The superb insulating performance of UPVC windows means a big tick on your EPC that might just be enough to swing any decision your way with cost conscious buyers.
Read more about our full range of UPVC windows
2. Light up your living space, part 1 - Bi-fold doors
We’re all predisposed to feel more positive the more daylight we soak up, so flooding your home with natural light is guaranteed to add value when potential buyers call.
One way of doing that is with Eurocell Aspect bi-fold doors. This advanced folding door system creates a spectacular ‘glass wall’ up to 6m wide across the back of your home, with only the slimmest of frames to come between you and as much natural light as the day is long.
Once fully open, Aspect door panes fold back further than any other bi-fold system on the market, giving you the widest possible view of your patio and the garden beyond.
Flat is the order of the day at floor level too, with a super low threshold that creates easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs while reinforcing the seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home.
Read more about Aspect bi-fold doors
3. Light up your living space, part 2 - Skypod lantern roofs
If replacing your windows and patio doors with a full width Aspect bi-fold door system is a home improvement too far, Eurocell Skypod rooflights offer an alternative way to bring natural light into your home.
These advanced rooflight systems are purpose designed to raise light levels and increase headroom in areas with a flat roof such as kitchen-diner extensions or garage conversions.
With glazing at a full 20°pitch and the slimmest of UPVC frames, Skypod draws the maximum amount of light into your home while creating a vaulted ceiling that transforms a normally gloomy flat roofed space into a spectacular focal point guaranteed to wow potential buyers.
If you’ve got a conservatory, but you don’t generally use it because it gets too hot in summer and too cold in winter, then you’re halfway towards adding the coveted extra living space that adds so much to the value of your house.
4. Re-roof your conservatory
How? By swapping your old polycarbonate roof panels for a Eurocell Equinox tiled roof system. Light enough to fit on a normal UPVC conservatory frame, but thermally efficient enough to prevent heat loss in winter and excessive temperatures in summer, Equinox will turn your conservatory into a spacious additional room that’s an integral part of the family home at a fraction of the price of a similar sized extension.
Instead of drab, noisy plastic roof panels, you’ll have a stylish vaulted roof that can be finished with plasterboard or a feature tongue and groove wood ceiling. You can even choose to have rooflights included in your Equinox roof to maintain those all important levels of natural light.
Read more about the Equinox tiled roof system
5. Give the garden a makeoverA good sized, well kept garden is always high on the list of essentials for home buyers. Especially those with a young family.
Of course, we can’t do anything to make your garden bigger. But if you’re looking to give it a facelift before you welcome potential buyers, then our composite fence panels offer a durable, no maintenance replacement for any wooden fencing that’s become rotten over the years or damaged in the winter storms.
Once in place, woodgrain effect composites are practically indistinguishable from the real thing. They even age and blend into the environment over time, just like real wood.
The big difference is, unlike wooden panels, they need no maintenance or care from the day you slot them into your existing fence posts. No painting. No staining. No running repairs.
In fact, over the course of ten years, they could save you - or the new owners, when you successfully sell your home - hundreds of pounds in maintenance costs.
Read more about our composite fence panels here
If you need any further advice we’re always here to help! We can’t do anything about your broadband speed but if you’re looking for contemporary, architecturally advanced UPVC systems Eurocell delivers outstanding products every time.