Recommendations of changes to property

I'm in the process of buying a property and looking at the floor plan, I'd like to make changes to the internals, which trade (architect, builder, surveyor) etc would be the best to give an idea of what changes would add the most value (to me, and future valuations) to the property with a particular budget (excluding new kitchen/bathroom/an extension). 

Looking to do this exercise once sale has completed.


  • subjecttocontract
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  • grumbler
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    edited 27 May at 12:51PM
    ... which trade (architect, builder, surveyor) etc would be the best to give an idea of what changes would add the most value (to me,
    Ask yourself.

    and future valuations
    Estate agents. That said, are you buying it for yourself of for selling? Unless you are a developer or do everything yourself, be prepared to not making any profit on all your changes.

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  • Jonboy_1984
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    Last year we looked at a number of properties including a few that needed fairly major redecoration, just short of total renovation.

    The one that sticks in both my partner and my memories was the one where the estate agent said, over the course of the viewing, if you do A for £10k, B for £10k and C for £10k the property will be worth £30k more…..

    To me this probably sums up most projects to “add value” to a building, with the exception of total flipping decrepit wrecks by experienced contractors….
  • twopenny
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    A lot depends on who your property is aimed at. Family, professional couples/singles, retirees.

    Mostly clean and usable, nothing distinctive as buyers will have their own ideas.

    The property ive loved for years is on the market. The short term owners installed a dramatic modern kitchen when target is retired country, a kitchen I hate (not in keeping) and removed acess to the front door in favour of arrival at the kitchen or crossing in front of living room patio doors.
    The cleaning of paths and garden, crack in chimney, bowed roof etc not done so a lot more work to be done. 

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  • ecraig
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    Estate agents are best placed for this type of conversation as they understand the market for valuations, and they can give great ideas on what might be useful alterations to meet your needs. 
    They will even have some builders they can recommend..

    If you're looking to flip the property in a couple years they will realise that you might engage with them for that sales transaction, so it makes sense to keep you sweet by giving you ideas and help right now. 
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