Are you preparing your property for the market, or do you just want to boost the potential of your home? Our houses are one of the biggest purchases and investments we will ever make, and so it makes sense that we would do whatever we can to make the most of them.

Thankfully there are lots of ways that you can invest in expanding, improving and making the best use of the space. Before making any changes, why not try one of the free property valuation tools offered by websites such as Flying Homes? That way, once you’ve renovated and improved you know exactly how much you’ve added to your house. Her are a few ideas for upgrades.

Create off-street parking

If you’ve got a big enough front garden then changing it into a drive or parking space is a quick way to enhance the value of your property, as off-road parking is important to most home buyers. Some people might even be put-off if you don’t have parking. If that isn’t a good enough reason, it can actually increase the value of your property up to fifty thousand pounds in some areas, certainly not to be sniffed at! At the very least it will make your property more desirable when it comes to selling, plus it’s practical too. If you’re staying in your home, a drive can lower your car insurance and you reduce the chance of your car getting damaged or crashed into compared with parking on the street.

Repurpose your garage

If you’re fortunate to have both a garage and off road parking, why not convert your garage into a living space? An enormous amount of garages across the country remain empty, while cars sit in the driveway. An unused garage provides an excellent opportunity to add value. Creating a living space or workshop gives a unique spin on your property. Of course, if this is your only off road parking then think twice, due to the reasons above.

Add another bathroom

Bathrooms in homes are getting bigger and better. Today it’s pretty standard to have at least two bathrooms in your home. If you’re on a budget, it’s possible to buy modern bathroom suites from as little as a few hundred pounds. You might need to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of minor work and decorating to yourself, but it’s an excellent way to add value to your property without spending too much money.

An ensuite could be a fantastic upgrade in the home

Create a studio

Ideal for those with a bit of extra garden space, bring the outdoors in with a glass conservatory. These types of extensions are perfect for summer evenings with friends and family; Orangeries, conservatories and garden rooms can increase the value of your property significantly. They are also an excellent way to bring a bit of extra light into your property, giving your home an airy feel.

Give your kitchen some TLC

Possibly the main selling point in any home is the kitchen. Potential buyers may be put off and not make an offer on a property due to an outdated kitchen; we spend so much of our time, cooking, entertaining and eating in the kitchen it’s no wonder we are quick to judge a house based on one room. Buyers will see an outdated kitchen as something that’s expensive to fix, but you can make a dramatic difference to how it looks without spending much. Changing cupboard doors (rather than replacing the entire units) or even painting them and replacing the handles will give it an instant lift. A fresh coat of paint and a declutter, and that could be enough to convince potential buyers.