Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ways to Add Value

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ways to Add Value

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ARE you hoping to sell your house in the near future? Then you'll want to have it looking its very best.

In our series looking at the key jobs that can not only make your home more appealing, but add value, we turn our attentions to garages and lofts. | GARAGES A garage can be a key feature for house hunters - and not just as a place to park the car.

It can be a way to add space to your home and tap into a wider range of potential purchasers.

For many the garage can turn into little more than a dumping ground.

As important as storage space is for bikes, power tools and things you hardly use, converting the garage into a playroom or kitchen extension could be a brilliant way of making your home bigger and better.

If your car rarely sees the inside of the garage, it could be time to reuse the space.

While converting the garage may involve upgrading the walls, insulation and foundations, the main change externally will be replacing the garage door with a window, window and door, or French windows and then rebuilding the wall to blend in with the rest of the house - so it should be relatively straightforward.

A garage conversion is usually cheaper and quicker than building an extension.

And, unlike a loft conversion, you'll have the new room on the ground floor, where it may be more useful than at the top of the house.

Another plus point is planning permission isn't usually required to convert a garage, as you can do the work under your home's permitted development rights.

However, councils can remove these rights, so check this hasn't happened with your home.

With listed buildings, you'll have to apply for listed building consent from your local council. You should check, too, that your home doesn't have any restrictive covenants in the deeds about changing the appearance of the front of it.

Some companies specialise in converting garages and if you get one of these to do the work, they should be able to deal with all aspects of the process.

You may prefer to employ an architect and builder instead, or if they're happy to work without architect's plans, just a builder.

Whoever does the work, it must comply with building regulations. …

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