Makeover of the Month

Tue 27 Mar 2018

It's not particularly challenging to find yourself a 'fixer-upper' these days, but we thought we'd share with you our favourite that's available to buy through Leaders at the moment. Peeping out from behind the skeletal branches of an ill-placed tree - lies this impressive four bedroom, end of terrace house, waiting to discover its full potential.

21 Storer Road, Loughborough

Boasting features like off-road parking and an enclosed front garden, this charming property will one day, after a little TLC, make a sensible choice for the larger family. Better still, after significant, but not necessarily financially weighty, improvements have been made this little gem is going to command a much higher price tag than it currently bares.

While the decoration might need bringing up to date, with two separate reception rooms on the ground floor there is certainly no shortage of space. So if you're not shy of getting your hands dirty, being this home's new owner would be a fantastic way to elevate your position on the property ladder.

The raw brick walls and terracotta coloured floor currently dictate a cottage feel in the kitchen but complete modernisation would almost certainly be more appealing to prospective buyers. It may also be worth exploring whether the adjoining utility room could be re-appointed so that the kitchen can play host to a more sociable open plan style kitchen.

Removal of picture rails and light, neutral wall colours would easily turn this otherwise uninviting front room into an eye catching, spacious lounge. While some opt for their removal with a view to gaining back some space, open fireplaces remain one of the most popular features in older properties. A quick facelift of the hearth and its surround would further enhance this space whilst also leaving the room with a prominent focal feature.

In today's fashion, taupe and latte are usually more commonly found as a choice for a wall colour than a bathroom suite. But as those who are as stuck in the 70s as this bathroom will tell you, while still desperately hanging on to their tartan trousers, all fashions come around again in the end. In the meantime however - fresh white porcelain and newly finished walls in the family bathroom would be a worthwhile investment to ramp up the overall value in this case.

Previous owners of 21 Storer Road have already made the sensible decision to convert the loft into a more practical space. With modern life pushing the limits of most standard properties, loft conversions with proper access can provide a much needed extra room for a home-gym, games room, occasional guest room or office. As a quick fix, the room would further benefit from a lighter coloured carpet and a lick of paint. Dark beams, although a nice feature in a character cottage, make this room look smaller than it is. The cost to give the room a makeover would be minimal, but would be well worth doing by any keen investor to showcase the room's true potential.

A budget-friendly way to improve the general appearance of this property would be to have a spruce up of the otherwise neglected back garden. Whether you intend to live in this house yourself, or sell it on for a profit, it would definitely be worth turning your attention to the garden. Brightly coloured pot plants, inexpensive solar lighting and neat and tidy greenery would certainly make it more appealing for alfresco relaxation, even before everything else comes back into bloom.

For more information or to book your viewing contact Leaders in Loughborough on 01509 611887.

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