3 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Do you want to climb the property ladder? If yes, have you thought about raising the value of your home before selling? Making changes to your home can dramatically increase the selling price, leaving you with a bit of extra pocket money to invest in your dream home.

If you’re looking for big results, you’ll need more than just making a few interior changes to the décor and design. A few structural changes could go a long way in providing you with the return on investment you want to see. Interested in learning more? Here are three key ways you can add value to your home.

1) Home Extensions

An extra room to your home will do wonders for increasing its value. Extensions are one of the most effective ways to add value to a home, by creating extra space.

Whether you choose to make an existing room larger or add a completely new room, the extra space will up the value and make your home much more attractive to buyers. However, there are a few things to bear in mind here when it comes to extensions. Planning and building regulations will come into play, so it’s good to get some expert advice on everything you’ll need to do before the work gets started.

The good news is we can help with that. Request a callback today and find out how we can help plan and build your home extension.

2) Loft Conversion

If you’d rather not disrupt existing space of your home, you can always opt for a loft conversion. Loft conversions are an excellent way to make use of the often-ignored attic room in many homes.

Convert your loft into a bedroom, lounge area or maybe even a home gym. The opportunities are endless with loft conversions, and they’re a sure fire way to land you some extra cash for your home.

At L&P Building Services, we’ve been providing loft conversions in the Winchester area for over 15 years. We’ve worked with old and new buildings and have built up our skills and knowledge of loft conversions over time. To arrange your free loft conversion assessment, get in touch today.

3) Garden Landscaping

The first thing people see when they visit your home is the garden. And if yours currently isn’t looking too great, it might be time to invest in garden landscaping.

From weeding to paving your patio or driveway – these simple fixes could go a long way in adding value to your home. Giving your home maximum appeal on the exterior as well as the interior.

At L&P Building Services, we provide a whole range of garden landscaping services that will vamp up the look and value of your home.

Can we help you?

If you’re looking for expert contractors with over 20 years of experience to carry out any of the above projects on your home – get in touch with us today. Call us our Winchester office on 01962-840-064 or our London office on 02072-062-562.

Driveway and Landscaping

Top 5 Ways to Increase Your Property Value

Top 5 Ways to Increase Your Property Value

When selling a house, it’s important to do as much as possible to improve its appearance before you put it on the market.  Some improvements cost very little, but some can set you back thousands of pounds.  However, almost every improvement will work in your favour, and many can increase the price of your home dramatically.

Kerb Appeal

What is the first thing that a prospective buyer sees when they come to your home for a viewing?  If it is an untidy garden, peeling paint or dirty windows, then these should be some of the first things that you tackle.  If you have tubs around your door that have been neglected, leaving only dead and withered plants on show, it doesn’t give a good impression of how you have cared for the rest of the house.  Mow the lawn, wash the windows, clean down your windowsills, and make sure that any garden space you have is bursting with healthy colourful plants.

Extra Space

Do whatever you can to add extra living space to your home.  Whether you opt for a conservatory, a loft conversion, or an extension, all three options are proven to increase the value of your home.  You could add an extra bedroom, a downstairs bathroom, or even a study or dining room – the choice is yours.  Just make sure to decorate it in neutral colours. If you can afford the upfront price, this is a guaranteed way to make some extra money on the sale price of your house.

Landscaping

You have addressed the kerb appeal of your house by tackling the front garden, but what about the rear of your home?  If it has become a dumping ground for broken toys and assorted unwanted items, it is time to clear it out.  A nice outdoor space is a fantastic selling point, especially if a family has children.  It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to tidy it either.  All you need to do is commit the time and effort required to make it look presentable. You could also invest in a few plants and some garden furniture. Both of these will give your garden a whole new lease of life. If you are however short on time, why not give us a call and we can design and landscape your new garden.

Paint

A coat of fresh paint can go a long way to making your house look better.  Not only does will a repaint make the rooms look cleaner, it will also make your home smell fresher.  You don’t need to fully redecorate. Instead, make a point of targeting the areas that are showing signs of wear, or areas where the paint work has been scuffed or chipped. It will make a world of difference.

Declutter

The one thing that puts a lot of buyers off making an offer, more than anything else, is the inability to see past clutter and mess.  Think about it: if your rooms are filled to the rafters with all of your belongings how can anyone gauge the size of the rooms or imagine their own furniture in there?  If you really can’t bear to part with your belongings, place as much as you can into storage. It will save you time in the long run when it comes to packing up to move house.  Plus, if you don’t miss what you have placed in storage, you obviously don’t need it. If this is the case, why not sell it and put the proceeds towards your new house?

Whether you decide to build new additions on your house such as conservatories or en-suite bathrooms, or are attempting to improve your current décor by cleaning and painting, you are sure to increase your home’s property value in the long run.

How to Properly Repair your Asphalt Driveway

Is your asphalt driveway in need of repair? Are there patches of asphalt missing, potholes and cracks running through it? Repairing asphalt is relatively easy. Here’s how:

Edges

The pothole you’re planning to patch must have edges that are vertical. You can’t pour cold patching material into a depressed area of asphalt and expect it to be permanent. It will only break up again. Make the edges of the pothole vertical and crisp because they act as a retaining wall for materials used for patching.

Debris

Be sure to remove all loose debris from the pothole once you have made all edges vertical. If the bottom of the hole is not clean, patching will only be temporary. Any hole deeper than two inches requires crushed stone to be used as fill before coarse asphalt is added.

Base

To make a compact base in the hole, use a 4 x 4 steel tamping tool. Do not use rounded gravel as a base. Only crushed stone that is angular in shape should be used.

Thickness

Proper thickness for asphalt patches is between 1 ½ and 2 inches. If you install asphalt to a depth greater than 2 inches, it will take longer to cure and the repair may not be successful.

Compact Patches

Never seal a compact patch. Once you’ve installed the patch material, use a steel tamping tool to tamp down the cold patch material. Check to ensure the surface is level and there are no low spots. You must wait at least 30 days before sealing, as the patch will take that long to completely cure.

Sealing Edges

When your patch has thoroughly cured, seal the edge between the old and new asphalt with a high performance crack filler. Apply the crack filler using a ½ inch paintbrush to be certain that the crack is bridged evenly.

Filling Cracks

As the water in crack filler evaporates, it will settle somewhat. Fill the crack level, allow it to cure and refill it, being certain to bridge the crack evenly. If the crack is deep, fill it with coarse, dry sand before applying the crack filler.

Follow the steps in this article to successfully repair cracks and potholes in your asphalt driveway. If you don’t feel confident completing the asphalt job yourself and decide that in might be a better idea to call in the professionals, L&P Building Services can provide you with a competitive quote to get the job done for you.

If this all sounds a bit much, then why not give us a call and we can repair or resurface your driveway for you. Get in touch by calling us on 02072 062 562 (London Office), 01962 840 064 (Winchester Office) or you can contact us using our online form.

10 Critical Landscaping Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

The importance of embarking upon a landscaping project only after drawing up a plan cannot be over emphasised. Even if you intend working on your garden in stages, it is good to know what features you will include and where each one will be located. Decide where you want your pathways, bridges, nooks, garden seats or any other features. Without a blueprint, you won’t know where your pathways lead, or where your lake, pond or mini-waterfall should be. So take some time to think about your landscaping project before getting to work.

Don’t plant identical shrubs or bushes in all your garden beds. That would be dull and monotonous. The best designs incorporate vegetation laid out in layers, with shorter plants in front and taller ones behind them. This conceals bare tree barks or long stems of the longer bushes. Another advantage of this approach is that you can introduce complementary colours and textures into your landscaping.

Don’t let ivy climb all over your walls unless you plan to prune it regularly. An ivy-covered home looks lovely, but once this plant gets established, it takes over the entire building. It covers windows, chimneys, gutters, skylights and everything else. Ivy also attracts insects and pests that can easily gain access into your home.

Avoid planting tall trees too close to the house as it could be detrimental to the building’s structure. Roots cause damage to the foundation while branches can damage the roof or walls. Tall trees even block the view from inside your home. If the trees branch out extensively, your lawn will be completely overshadowed by the foliage.

The bigger your lawn, the more work you’ll have to do in maintaining it. Remember, this is your garden – not a football field! Extensive lawns take up a lot of time, money and effort. Plan a smaller lawn with other attractive features like flower beds, herbaceous borders, perennial low maintenance plants, bushes and small trees. This brings down your lawn care time so that you can spend longer enjoying the variety in your garden.

Strive for diversity with flowering plants in your garden. Otherwise, when they stop flowering, your garden will look bland and bare until the next flowering season. Mix up complementary plant varieties that flower in different seasons. This adds a dash of colour all year long.

Landscaping features should not overwhelm your home. They should set off the property and give it an attractive setting. If you choose fast growing hedges, they may shield much of the frontage. If you plant tall trees, they may block the entire view of your beautiful house. You will also end up spending a lot of time and money pruning and trimming them.

When planning your garden or lawn, remember that you will also need to invest time and energy to manage it. You will have to follow a maintenance schedule that ensures that your garden looks good. Gardens need regular weeding, trimming, pruning and watering. You’ll have to fertilise them, pluck fruits, eliminate pests and treat plant diseases. Lawns must be mowed regularly. If you think you can just plant it and forget it, think again!

In a household with little children and pets, avoid deep ponds and rockeries where children might get hurt. While planning your garden, keep the needs of your entire household in mind.

Avoid too many colours in your garden. Choose flowering plants and scenery that matches the colour scheme of your home. Geometric planting patterns can make up for a riot of clashing colour, and even look more appealing. By keeping these simple landscaping tips in mind, you can enjoy an elegant and attractive garden.

If you think you would like some help with your Landscaping Project. Get in touch by calling us on 02072 062 562 (London Office), 01962 840 064 (Winchester Office) or you can contact us using our online form.

Landscaping Options for Large Properties

Large homes offer excellent opportunities for grand landscaping projects, as they usually come with large gardens. Such properties allow their owners to pursue even the most fantastic landscaping projects.

An Artificial Waterfall

There are few landscaping projects grander than an artificial waterfall. An artistic contractor can dig a stream bed on any slope on the property, and line it with waterproof fabric so that it can hold water. Next, they will glue smooth river rocks to the liner to create a realistic looking stream bed. By digging steps into the stream bed they can create either one big waterfall or a series of small step waterfalls. A pool at the bottom hides the pump that sends the water back to the top via a buried pipe. Finally, an elegant arrangement of rocks and plants will be placed along the stream bed to complete the illusion of a natural feature of the property. This waterfall will not only create visible beauty, but also generate a white noise that many people find soothing and relaxing.

Designs Using Stones

Rock is inexpensive to purchase in bulk, and can be turned into thousands of different designs. A picture book of Zen rock gardens will prove a rich source of inspiration. Sloping lawns can be terraced with rock retaining walls for a beautiful look that will also increase the usable yard space. A maze made out of rock footpaths and even low rock walls will beautify the property and also prove to be a delightful entertainment. These footpaths can tie together other landscaping elements, unifying the entire property in one grand design.

Tree Sculptures

Those with a truly long term view and a lot of patience might enjoy sculpting with trees. Saplings can be tied with twine so that their trunks and branches grow only in certain directions. Small areas of bark can be removed from different branches that, when tied together, will grow into one. Clever and artistic gardeners have sculpted trees into living roofed walkways, braids, chairs, tables, and even words. Such projects as these can take years to complete and should only be undertaken by experienced arborists.

Security Plants

As large homes are often targets for burglary, it makes sense to use landscaping to improve home security. Thorny bushes planted under windows will make them more difficult to break into. Keeping large plants father away from the house will eliminate many potential hiding places. Plant security can even be extended to the garden, by surrounding it with plants that deer and other pests find noxious.

In addition to these ideas, L&P Building Services offer free consultations, and can offer ideas more precisely tailored to your specific property, our landscaping creates art on a grand scale, and can greatly increase your home’s value.