Adding Value to your Home
28th July, 2022
There are many ways to add value to your home, and some bigger tasks than others. But a sure fire way of improving the curb-appeal of your property, while improving its value in the meantime, is installing highly efficient, A-rated windows and doors.
Not only will uPVC windows improve the aesthetic of your home,through a wide range of colours and styles, but they will also better its energy efficiency. As well as keeping the bills at bay, adding new, double glazed windows can also seriously increase the value of your home.
Many potential buyers see double glazing as a necessity; this means they will be more likely to buy a home with newer windows, to prevent having to fit them themselves.
What planning permission do I need?
We all know that obtaining planning permission in the UK isn’t the easiest thing to do. In simple terms, planning permission is consent from your local authority to commence with building work on your property.
Permission will be needed if you want to make home improvements such as an extension, a new garage or shed, fences and gates, along with many others.
Data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reveals the hardest, as well as the easiest, places in the UK to obtain planning permission. The top five hardest places in the UK are as follows:
- Maldon (40.4% denied)
- East Hertfordshire (39.0% denied)
- Hillingdon (38% denied)
- Enfield (37.4% denied)
- Harrow (37.0% denied)
There are various different reasons why planning permission applications may be denied. These include obstruction of daylight or overshadowing, or if your proposed home improvement is out of character with the rest of the street.
With all of this in mind, you may wonder if adding value to your home through extensions and such is worth the lengthy ordeal. When it comes down to the planning permission of windows, however, thankfully the process isn't as strenuous.
Planning permission for windows
If you're simply replacing windows in a similar style and size used on the build of your existing home, then planning permission isn't typically required. The only times building regulation approval may be required is when your property is listed, or if your new windows will exceed the dimensions of your current ones. This is in cases such as:
- Fitting a rooflight/skylight that protrudes more than 150mm beyond the roof, or higher than the highest point of the roof.
- Fitting an upper-side elevation window that is not obscure glazed and can open.
Bay windows, however, are treated as extensions as they protrude from the house; the only reason you would need planning permission for these is if you’re adding new bay windows at the front of the house.
Building regulations for windows mainly cover 5 areas: thermal heat loss, ventilation, safety glazing, fire safety and access to buildings.
Signs it's time to replace your windows
Nothing lasts forever, and it's important to remember this when thinking of your windows. If you're wondering how to add value to your home, look no further than our new replacement windows. We have some tell tale signs that help to know when it’s best for a change.
The biggest indication is if your windows are letting in draughts and cold air. This could mean that your window seals have failed and are no longer working correctly.
However, condensation is also an important sign that may lead to new replacement windows. If you're noticing visible condensation on your windows, this may point to ventilation issues within your home.
A relatively unknown symptom of faulty windows is if your carpet and furniture are fading. Nowadays, most modern windows come with built-in UV protection; it's likely that your single pane windows could be causing your home to be damaged by ultraviolet rays.
However, this can luckily all be avoided. With Safestyle, you're guaranteed the lowest price possible - not only will your new windows look amazing, but you’ll also save up to 30% more when compared with other companies!
If you're looking to add value to your home through new windows, take a look at the offers we have in store, and the different payment options and prices we offer at Safestyle. Remember, you're in safe hands with Safestyle!