Whether you have been planning your dream décor or looking to do a complete interior transformation, lots of homeowners spend large amounts of money decorating the inside of their homes. However,it’s important not forget or neglect the exteriors of our properties, as this could increase the overall market value.
Transforming the exterior of your home can often be a large scale job, so should be approached with care. What you plan to do will all depends on the existing state and structure of the building. Character and period buildings may require more restoration and maintenance work, while newer 20th century houses may just need some touching up. However, not every job needs to cost a fortune. There are many cost effective ways of sprucing up your exterior for those on a budget.
In order to ensure you get the right new look for your property, it is crucial to stay in line with the property’s existing style and era. Factors such as size, situation on proportions all need to be taken into account too. For example, a large detached period house may require more work than a terraced house. A good tip before starting any exterior work is to source the advice of a local estate agent to discuss whether your home improvements will have an affect of your home’s value and saleability.
What NOT to do
- Do not add unnecessary or inappropriate period features that are out of character or proportion.
- Do not choose mismatched materials to add onto existing materials. Make sure the match is seamless and fully compatible.
- Reduce excess waste of unused materials, recycle, reuse or resell them.
- Do not choose a builder or supplier purely based on costs. The better quality, the more potential value could be added.
- Do not forget to get the necessary planning permissions required for your particular project.
- Do not forget to take into account the garden, so make sure there is enough budget to improve this too.
- Do not just focus on one problem area, prioritise your budget accordingly.
- Do not forget to remove downpipes & guttering before you start any work to reduce additional cladding.
- Reduce the likelihood of creating damp problems by allowing the walls to breathe and not blocking any air vents.
- Do not miss the opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency when you are carrying out exterior work.
Do you need permission to change your home’s exterior?
In general terms, you do not require planning permission for any maintenance, repairs or improvements carried out on your home’s exterior. Jobs including adding a porch should be covered by permitted development rights. Also you will still need to adhere to the building regulations. However, if you own a listed building or live in a conservation area, you will likely have to apply for planning permission before undertaking any extensive work. We would highly recommend that you should always check with your local planning department before starting.