Home Improvements That Give Maximum Return

By: Aisha Cristal

A survey that was carried out by Dynamic Markets for GE Money Home Lending revealed top ten home improvements in terms of adding monetary value to your home. The UK is a nation obsessed with Do-It-Yourself home improvements. However, the survey revealed that homeowners were failing to consider the monetary returns that home improvements carried out by them would bring.

The survey revealed an interesting fact on home improvement perceptions held by the homeowners. The combined value addition of the top three modifications that homeowners believe will add the most value fell short of the value added by the estate agent's top-most choice. It shows that homeowners are not aware of the trends in the home market and they just carry out modifications as per their wishes, paying scant regards to the monetary value that would be added to their homes.

According to the survey, the top three home improvements as recommended by 100 estate agents across the UK are loft conversion, extension and conservatory.

On an average, these home improvements will respectively add ?22,300, ?19,271 and ?11,904 after costs. The homeowners believed that new kitchens, bathrooms and redecoration were the most valuable home improvements. The total average value that these home improvements add to your home is almost ?18,000 - much less than the top-most home improvement suggested by the estate agents. Homeowners have a big advantage in borrowing money because they can provide their home as a security and, in turn, ask for low interest rates as well as a large loan amount. Home improvement loans that are secured against home can allow you to borrow a maximum of ?250,000.

Home improvement loans can also be taken without providing any security to the lender. These types of unsecured loans may not allow you more than ?25,000. If your financial requirement is small, you can consider taking such loans. The benefit in this case is that you do not have to wait for long periods. Generally, the lenders sanction unsecured home improvement loans within 2-3 days. These days you can apply online for any type of loan, whether it is secured or unsecured.

Home improvement loans prove useful in spreading the entire cost of home modification over a convenient period of time. For example, if you plan to spend ?20,000 on home improvement, this cost can be distributed over 60 months and you will have to pay only around ?333 per month, excluding interest. Funding large expenses with the help of loans is a wonderful help for salaried class people who may not be able to spend in lump sum.

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