How to Boost the Value of Your Listed Building in 3 Easy Steps
Whether it’s an extension, new roof or double-glazed windows, most people want to increase the value of their property. While there are lots of different ways to make upgrades, it’s not so simple for listed buildings. Unfortunately, as they’re protected by law, a lot of conventional home improvements aren’t permissible.
The good news is – with a few simple tips and tricks, it’s completely possible to add significant value to your listed building. Read on as we look at 3 easy steps.
1. Restore structural features
By definition, all listed buildings are unique and different. But one thing they have in common is age. Examples of listed buildings constructed after 1945 are rare. As a result, it’s not uncommon to find structural problems that have developed over the decades or even centuries:
- Missing roof tiles
- Decaying roof decking
- Roof leaks
- Bowing walls
- Cracks in walls
- Unstable floors
While they may seem inevitable after long periods, these problems can knock significant value off listed buildings. With that in mind, it should be first on your list to get them sorted. Because they are essential to the wellbeing of the home, the repairs are far more likely to be accepted by your local planning authority.
2. Work on the exterior
Listed buildings may seem in a world of their own, compared to unlisted properties. But they’re certainly not exempt from the biggest value-adding practices of conventional property-selling. The best example is kerb appeal, which is the attraction of your property from the exterior. It’s what gives visitors – and potential buyers – their first impression.
While garden structures like walls and outbuildings are typically protected, there’s a lot to be said for some simple beautifying work for the garden. Spruce up trees, plant seasonal flowers and make sure the front of your property is clear of leaves or any kind of litter.
3. Energy efficiency
Your listed building may have the style and character of the eighteenth or nineteenth century, but that doesn’t mean it has to have the energy efficiency of those periods. Energy saving improvements increase property values by an average of 14%, as well as saving you money on energy bills in the long run.
A key area for energy efficiency is the windows. If you don’t want to impair the original style of your property, use secondary glazing to provide high-performance thermal insulation without affecting the style and structure of your windows. In addition, you can also invest in an energy efficient boiler and radiators, add draught-proofing on external doors and consider loft insulation to stop heat escaping through the roof of your property.
Discreet, effective, energy efficiency
At Clearview, we provide high performance secondary glazing systems that help property owners improve energy efficiency with ease. Our team has designed and supplied secondary glazing for landmark listed properties like Hardwick Hall and Belton House, along with numerous private homes across Britain.
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