Guide to Home Improvements

About this guide

Thinking of a house extension? Compare My Move’s team of experts have researched and written the most helpful advice articles to help you with all sorts of home improvements. From what adds value and what decreases value in your home to everything you need to know about party wall agreements, we’ve got you covered. 

The most important outcome of any home improvements will be the amount of value added. We look at how to increase the value of your home, from work that adds the most value to little changes that will make a difference. 

When making home improvements, you should think long-term. If any changes you make will decrease curb appeal or reduce the value of your home, this could seriously affect your ability to sell your home. We look at home renovations that devalue your home, from bright paint colours to built-in electrics. 

You might need a party wall agreement when carrying out work that affects your neighbours or other owners. A party wall agreement is usually made between neighbours regarding any building work that may affect either side of the boundary. We take an in-depth look at do I need a party wall agreement when doing home improvements.

By having all the important information in one place, with a focus on adding value to your home, improvements that devalue your home and whether you need a party wall agreement, you will be fully prepared. After reading through the complete guide, we hope you’ll feel confident about what to expect when carrying out home improvements. 

  • 1. How to increase the value of your home

    Whether you’re considering selling your property or want to improve its chances, there are a few ways in which you can add value to your home. If you’re willing to put in the work and, possibly, the added expenses, then these improvements could potentially add up to 20% on the value of your property. 

    From large renovations to budget improvements, Compare My Move go through a number of useful ways in which you can add value and help increase the chances of your property selling. 

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  • 2. What devalues your home?

    Several factors play into how much your home is worth, such as location, square footage, school district and the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. Everyone wants to keep their house maintained and looking modern, but some renovations and repair work can actually devalue your home.

    Our experts list the home renovations that could be devaluing your home, from too much wallpaper to bad landscaping, this guide will cover everything. 

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  • 3. What is a party wall agreement?

    A party wall is a wall, fence or structure on the boundary of two (or more) separate properties, owned by different people. A party wall agreement is a legal agreement made between these owners regarding any building work that may affect either side of the boundary. If you are a property owner who has agreed to certain repair or building work with a neighbour sharing a boundary with you, then you may need a property wall agreement.

    With the help of our property experts, Compare My Move has created this article to ensure you know the necessary steps to take as well as what common mistakes you should avoid when sorting out your party wall agreement.

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