Many home improvements can cost more than the value they add according to new research by buying agent Henry Pryor and GoCompare Home insurance.
Improvements such as new flooring and replacing kitchens and bathrooms (the most popular home improvements) are unlikely to yield a profit for many homeowners. At £7,000 the average cost of a new kitchen is twice as expensive as the estimated value it adds to a property.
In comparison, energy improvements, such as a new boiler or central heating system, can increase the price of a property by close to 4%, the equivalent to just over £9,000. A new boiler costs around £2,000, providing the householder with a net profit of close to £7,000.
While a fresh coat of paint may add little to the value of a property, such improvements undoubtedly encourage prospective buyers through the door.
The split of the population by age group has a big effect on the local housing market; the demographic profile affects prices, but more importantly the tenure mix and the rates of sales. The patterns you can see here gives you a good insight into the profile of local residents.
The rate at which properties are sold in the market is probably the best indicator of what we in the trade call ‘buoyancy’. In this chart, we show the number of properties which have been sold each year since 2008.
In the residential property world, the most important macroeconomic indicator we’re obsessed with is interest rates. Interest rates are the main tool the government uses to cool down the market when it shows signs of overheating. They have a massive impact on the housing market because they determine what your mortgage costs every month.
Some people rattle around in their home like two beans in a can whilst others are packed in like sardines in a tin. There is a formula, created by the Office for National Statistics which gives the occupancy rating of each home. This number shows whether a property has the ‘right’ number of rooms given the number of people living there. This shows the picture in our local housing market.
In some parts of the country, the split between a house and flat sales is very extreme while elsewhere there is more of a balance. It primarily comes down to the nature of the area and how densely populated it is. Rural, semi-rural and suburban areas are dominated by houses whereas urban districts are awash with flats. The chart shows the picture in our area.
The last few years have been something of a rollercoaster ride for property markets up and down the country and our area is no different. Here we show how prices of different house types have changed relative to one another over time.
When it comes to selling your home, a significant amount of your home’s resale value will depend on what’s happened to the Reddish market as a whole. Here average sales values have risen by 8.5 percent over the last ten years. However, there are several tactical decisions you can make to push up the final price.
As we grow older, we begin to think about life after work, and begin to imagine how retirement may be for us. One of the biggest considerations for retirement is money and how you are able to fund your retirement.
Many Brits believe that property is the best way to generate money and to begin to build a retirement fund, but is this truly the most effective route to take?