Renovation expert Michael Holmes offers his advice on unleashing potential in your home. Number two on his list reads:
Adding or updating the central heating system will always add more to the value of a property than it costs. It will be considered an essential by most buyers and mortgage valuers. Using a plumber to add central heating to an average three bedroom Victorian or Edwardian house will cost £3–4,000.
Updating the heating system needs to be done in conjunction with improving the general energy efficiency of the building. Consider:
- sealing any drafts around doors and windows (but not airbricks)
- replacing windows that are beyond repair with double glazing
- add insulation into the loft space
If the existing boiler is in reasonable working order and has adequate output for the heat requirement of the building, always try to make use of it with the exception of boilers that draw their air intake from inside the house. If the boiler has sufficient capacity, you could add new radiators and a heated towel rail, or underfloor heating to the existing system.