At NÜEVO, we believe in providing refined architectural solutions for our clients. We want your luxury homes to maintain and eventually increase its value. To do so, you have to carry out regular maintenance across your home, and look for potential improvements where possible. All our aluminium products, fully bespoke, are purpose-built to add a sense of grandeur to your home.

However, there are a handful of ‘home improvements’ that actually do damage to your home’s value. All over the South East, there are several fashionable home improvements which may look appealing, but can quickly became a financial drain on your property.  Some that this article will cover include:

  • Knocking through walls
  • Faulty DIY installations
  • Sub-quality products
  • Inconsistent architectural style
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Without further ado, let’s begin.

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Does knocking through walls decrease your home’s value?

Knocking through walls sounds like a lovely and liberating idea. After all, it can turn that spare bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe, a kitchen into a vast all-round living space. However, in knocking through walls, you could also knock off a sizeable amount of property value. Think about it; in turning two bedrooms into one master bedroom, you are decreasing the amount of bedrooms. This can decrease its market value when it comes to selling up and moving on.

Furthermore, we must consider our post-COVID climate, and the rise of working from home. Nowadays, people want separate spaces in their house to work and to relax. In fact, a recent survey suggested that one in five people have reconfigured an existing open plan space to accommodate multiple activities throughout the day.  So, knocking through walls could well be a trend on its way out, unappealing to prospective buyers of your property. Instead, create space with quality products that flood rooms with natural light, like our EvoFold aluminium bi-fold doors.

Schuco ASS 70 FD 5 panel bifold doors

DIY or poor quality installations decrease your home’s value

One of the biggest put-offs for prospective homeowners is haphazard DIY. In fact, 9 out of 10 buyers surveyed saying they would lower their offer if they discovered home improvements that had been poorly installed. Some problems they could identify include:

  • Crooked tiling
  • Warped floors
  • Wobbly decking
  • Squeaky floorboards
  • Poorly fitted kitchen units
  • Poor quality window and door products

Thankfully, as part of your customer journey, our expert installers will carry out in-depth surveys at your property before beginning any project. This ensures that any work will be done to the highest quality.

Before carrying out any DIY challenge, ensure that you have the skillset to execute it well. The greatest risk is accidentally damaging electrical works, a dangerous blunder that could depreciate your home’s value up to £30k.

Low-quality windows and doors reduce your home’s value

Windows made from cheaper materials like uPVC may be cost-effective, but their plastic sheen is not the most aesthetically pleasing. Don’t sell yourself short. And certainly don’t choose windows which do not compliment the style and character of your home. A luxury property deserves the luxury treatment. That’s why we provide only the best, bespoke aluminium products. Bifold doors; sliding doors; even SCHÜCO entrance doors with Bluetooth automated opening systems. These are the products worthy of your luxury Berkshire, Surrey or London home.

Additionally, when selecting any products, it’s imperative that you choose ones with accreditations. The FENSA stamp of approval, for example, indicates that your products have been manufactured according to building regulations. This means that they are far less likely to faulter and become a financial burden. Save money both in the here and now, and in the future when you’re looking to sell your property.


Not maintaining your architectural style

Another thing to consider when renovating your home is: do your changes suit the existing style? For example, is it wise to install a bright pink kitchen in a traditional Tudor house? Probably not.

It’s important to remember that buyers like homes to be cohesive with a clear character. If they feel like they’d have to do a lot of renovations upon moving in, they could lower their buying price as compensation. As such, we suggest that you avoid over-personalisation with your décor. Try not to have room themes which are too niche or too outrageous. Always be mindful that future buyers may not share your eccentric taste. Keep things looking stylish, slick, and consistent. This can undoubtedly be achieved with our range of NÜMINIUM products, which have the character and pedigree to suit any luxury South East home.

Does a swimming pool decrease the value of your house?

In the UK, almost certainly. An outdoor pool installation can cost somewhere between £60,000-£110,000, with little to no return on that investment. If anything, it will continue to cost you money in maintenance throughout its life. You create all this difficulty, for only a month or two of use per year. Unfortunately, the UK weather is just not good enough to justify an outdoor swimming pool. Future buyers will see that and lower their price as a form of reimbursement for the hassle they will inherit.

Your home is one of your greatest financial assets. Each decision towards improving it must be taken with the upmost care.

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