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| ADD SPACE| Don’t move... improve move – especially as house prices are high just now, buoyed up by the lack of properties for sale while owners hold back until the market is more settled. Trading up to a four-bedroom house, when you include the ‘invisible’ cost of moving as well as the property-price hike, can add a huge whack to your mortgage, Sarah warns. How much more sensible, then, she suggests, to hang on to that £30,000 and build an extra room in your current property instead – especially if you like where you live. Adding square footage always adds value. The only question is whether it adds more value than it costs. If your home feels like it’s bursting at the seams, it might be time to think about adding an extra room. Not only will it give you the space you need, it will also add long-term value to your house ‘Moving house is not cheap’, says Sarah Beeny. ‘A reasonable estimate of the cost is about 10% of the price of the property you’re selling. That means if you live in a three-bedroom house worth £300,000 and decide to move into the identical threebedroom house next door, you’ll pay around £30,000 on fees, stamp duty, legal costs, removers and the rest. ‘People underestimate moving costs because they pay them a bit at a time and don’t necessarily add them up.’ Roman Russocki, chief executive of Trustmark with its vast database of accredited tradespeople, knows that it often pays to improve rather than ADD A BATHROOM OR AN EN SUITE If you can afford it, splash out on an additional bathroom or en suite, which oozes star and spa appeal. With current trends moving towards natural forms and simplicity, decorate to accumulate by getting back to basics. Create a relaxing retreat with strictly all-white sanitaryware and benefit from a separate showering cubicle in your en suite. ‘Try spending less on baths, sinks and loos and more on trendy taps, cool-looking shower fittings and high-quality lighting,’ says Sarah. ‘Natural stone tiling used on both the walls and floors gives a stunning, streamlined effect. Or you can mix an all-white scheme with mirrored units to increase the illusion of space. For those who crave colour, the answer is to buy bold-coloured accessories and matching towels.’ > WORDS: CLAIRE SCOTT AND MICHELLE DUNN | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES DESIGN TIP: Trendy fittings add more value than luxury sanitaryware WILL IT ADD VALUE? According to Trevor Kent, spokesperson for the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), an additional bathroom or en suite is a ‘crucial property enhancement’, which could add a further £5,000 to your asking price. MAY 2011 | 103

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011

Editor’s letter
A word from Sarah
Spring sensation
Big-name bedrooms
Brilliant buys for your home
House talk
Home horrors
Areas on the up
Property perfectionist
Mortgage mania
Solicitor’s service
a penny for your thouGhts
Housing hotshot
Wise up
Flying the nest
Making the ideal become real
Boost your build
Feeling lofty
Garden plotting
When cracks appear
Window shopping
Stay toasty
Warm up
Success story
Top transformation
Greenovate your home
Eco boost
Organic ignition
Green queens
Solve those dilemmas
Splash of colour
Bed down in style
Lounge around
Kitchens and bathrooms
Bubble up
Shower power
Instant illumination
Floor wars
The carpet market
Tip-top tiles
Tools of the trade
Fresh air furnishings
Grill thrills
Picnic perfect
Green supreme
Diary date
Kerb appeal
Up top
Brick cladding
Groovy garages
Lodge life
Go your own way
Car booty
Clock ticker
Coming soon
On the list
Listed lovelies

AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011