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Five Functional Upgrades Worth Investing In For Your Home

Posted 21 April 2021 by Keith Osborne

Ella Pumford of St Modwen Homes offers guidance on the best options for adding value to your home through upgrades...

Home upgrades and improvements should not only fulfil your personal wants and needs, but they should also add value. However, with a wide variety of upgrades to choose from, deciding which products will be the best investment for you and your home can be tricky.

So, what will make your home smarter, more functional, and ultimately be worth the investment? From the bedroom to the garden and everything in between, Ella Pumford, content manager at St Modwen Homes, recommends these top five home upgrades as money well spent for both the short-term and long-term.

1. Garden pods

CALA garden podUnsurprisingly, searches for ‘garden update’ increased in 2020 in comparison to the previous year, and we can see this trend continuing throughout 2021. Garden pods are becoming an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners due to their versatility and benefits – you are able to have a home office, gym or even an additional lounge space for use all year round. They allow you to expand the space in your home without the need for any property extensions. What’s more, studies have shown that adding a garden building to your property can add up to 5% of value.

2. Electric vehicle charging points

With more electric vehicles joining the road, there’s no better time to future-proof your home with an electric vehicle charging point. As the UK government has committed to the country reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, electric vehicles will soon become the norm for drivers. Although there are many electric vehicle charging points across the country, having one at your property makes it easily accessible and allows you to charge your vehicle from the comfort of your own home.

3. Smart gadgets

NEST thermostatIt’s safe to say that technology has advanced rapidly over the last few years, and with a wide range of smart home gadgets on the market, you may want to consider upgrading your home with new devices. A modern smart home is the perfect combination of security and comfort. From Nest Learning Thermostat to Ring Doorbells, you are able to control a variety of factors such as central heating and outdoor security from your smartphone, even if you’re not at home.

4. Walk-in wardrobes

Walk-in wardrobes have always embodied a sense of luxury and have become extremely desirable in everyday homes. You are able to personalise and maximise your space with clever designs that keep your bedroom tidy and uncluttered. They are not only a great investment for homes that may benefit from a separate dressing area, but because they can be designed to fit your room’s layout, they are ideal for unconventional spaces. Also, in case you decide to sell your home in the future, having a walk-in wardrobe is definitely a bonus for potential purchaser as they always look at the amount of storage space on offer.

5. Understairs storage

Understairs storage is a great way of adding extra storage to your home, making use of otherwise wasted space. As the name suggests, this clever solution blends seamlessly underneath your stairs and provides additional storage space for you to store your belongings. It’s not everyone’s first thought when choosing home upgrades, but it’s definitely worth the investment in the long run if you know you’ll need additional storage space in your house.

 

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