Home features that devalue a property – ‘profitable’ ways to add value


Retaining property value is important to every homeowner. They will want to retain the elements that led them to buy their home. Home renovations can be an expensive business, but it’s no surprise that certain things can increase the value of your home. Over time, a property will need to find new life in the form of refurbishment, redecoration or even a major renovation. However, some improvements to your property could make it less attractive to others.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Channel 4 property experts Scarlette and Stuart Douglas shared what can devalue a property and essentially ‘put people off’.

Stuart said: “If you look structurally, when you see things like sagging, asbestos or dampness in a house that could be problematic

“However, if you look at the more cosmetic side, I don’t think anyone ever likes carpeting in the bathroom and basically old-fashioned and dated designs will turn people off.”

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“Dated designs should be avoided because not everyone has the vision or the foresight to see what something can look like. If you are thinking of selling a house why not make it as presentable as possible because the first impression counts.”

One feature that Scarlette is not a fan of is the pebbledash because it can make a house feel like it’s stuck in the “60s or 70s era.”

Pebbledash can be a useful addition to a home as it protects the building from the elements and is extremely durable. However, just like Scarlette, many people dislike her appearance.

The expert said: “Pebble dash is my least favorite decor type so I would definitely say get rid of pebbledash or you don’t have to get rid of it if you don’t have the budget. You can always paint it.

She explained that in a recent episode of Worst House on the Street, a lady [who had pebbledash] had the entire front of her house sprayed and painted and “looked so much fresher and so much more welcoming”.

Scarlette added: “I guess it’s more about doing something old new and bringing a setting into the present rather than getting stuck in the 60s or 70s era – so give it a facelift at your house.”

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On the switch side, when it comes to adding value to property, explained that a “definitive” way to do this is to use space efficiently.

He said: “In my house where I am now, when I bought my house it took a lot of work, that’s how I like it because I prefer to put my own stamp on it and make it personal to myself and my family.

“There was a downstairs utility room / cupboard under the stairs that wasn’t really used for anything so I used that same space to create a downstairs toilet and it has now a very clear added value for my house, because I have transformed the space into something that will be used more often.

“So if you can convert space that’s not being used efficiently into more efficient useful space, that will definitely add value.”

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Scarlette agreed and added that curb appeal is a major factor in adding value to property, especially for those looking for “profitable” options.

She said: ‘We talk about it so much and obviously with our new show Worst House on the Street it’s all about curb appeal as it can add so much value to your home.

“People want to walk to somewhere and be proud of it and you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to make the exterior of your house look better.

“There are lots of cost effective ways to do things and even when you walk into your house, soft furnishings, maybe a feature wall and you can even just buy a can of paint and paint the wall yourself.

“Try to do a lot of the work yourself and you’ll save on labor, but there are plenty of ways to make your home more attractive and add more value without breaking the bank.”

When it comes to upgrading certain rooms in the house to add value, Stuart noted that it’s mainly the bathroom and kitchens that give “the best return”. He said, “Those are the standards, so the bathroom and your kitchen. If you update your bathroom and kitchen, they will obviously give you the best return.

“While these are important pieces, there are other pieces that you can definitely modify and modernize that would also add value to your home, it just depends on what suits you and your family. your family at that time.

“However, sometimes these are the most expensive pieces to make. If you can place a downstairs toilet in a cupboard under a staircase, if it is large enough or as part of a utility room, it will add value.

The expert also pointed out that gardens can add great value if properly transformed. He said: “People often forget about the garden and I treat the garden as a separate room – it’s just an outside room.

“So if you can transform your garden again, you’ve created an area that will probably be used more often than not and can definitely add value.”


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