5 renovation tips to increase your home value in the Netherlands

In this article, we learn how much house renovations cost – and which repairs increase the home value, and which don't. Understanding the differences helps homeowners to prepare for their construction projects. Here are 5 tips & tricks to keep in mind before starting your home renovation.

Tip 1: Know that every type of renovation work affects the house value in a different way

A house in poor condition in Amstelveen stands for sale. The sellers have accepted Linda's offer of €500,000. In addition to the necessary repairs, Linda plans to build an upper floor and renovate the kitchen with luxury itemsHer contractor estimated the whole project at €200,000.

Linda's buying agent has recommended a professional appraiser whom she can contact for an estimate of the value of the house for mortgage purposes. Taking into account the value of the
home and the renovation costs, the appraiser has made two taxations - €500,000 for the property's current value and €600,000 for after carrying out the planned project. The total purchase price and project costs amount to € 700,000. Yet, not all the works Linda plans to carry out will directly increase the home value. The bank determines the lending sum by looking at the property's market value, and therefore, in this case, will grant Linda a mortgage of €500,000 to buy the house, and a building loan ('bouwdepot') of only €100,000, representing the after-repairs value that the appraiser had estimated at € 600,000. This means that she will need to pay the remaining € 100,000 out-of-pocket.

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Tip 2: Learn what increases your home value and what doesn't

Understanding the impact of different repairs on the home value is essential for homeowners when planning a refurbishment. We divided the improvements into two categories repairs that directly increase the dwelling's value and those that don't (necessarily).

The Two Types of Repairs That Increase Home Value

    a. Those that make it more sustainable

The most common way to determine the sustainability of a dwelling is by looking at its energy label. The higher the rate, the less energy a house consumes. Not only does this contribute to protecting the globe, but it also saves you money every month in energy consumption.

Examples:

  • Changing windows from a single-glazed to HR++

  • Insulating the floors and walls

  • Installing solar panels

  • Replacing old appliances with energy-efficient ones

   b. Those that add more living space

Bigger homes sell for more money. Simply put, consider two almost-identical neighboring houses, whereby one is 85 m2 and the other 100 m2. Which one is more likely to be worth more? The second one, of course.

Here are some ways to gain more living space. Consult your buying agent about the local zoning plans and Historic Preservation (Monumentenzorg) Regulations to find out the maximum potential you can get out of your house.

Examples:

  • Installing a dormer in the attic

  • Building a cellar

  • Extending the living room

  • Converting the shed into office space

Some improvements do not necessarily increase the home value

When planning to take out a renovation loan with the bank, it is crucial to understand that some tasks have a minor (or indirect) effect on the property value. Since banks see more value in elemental improvement rather than in cosmetic ones, they are less (or only partly) likely to finance these sorts of works.

Examples:

  • An excessively modern kitchen

  • A luxury bathroom

  • Expensive flooring

  • Decorative ornaments

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Tip 3: Estimate the renovation project costs as accurately as possible

It is essential to decide first on the renovation standard when calculating the costs – because prices could vastly differ, depending on many variables. It could be tricky to estimate the eventual costs. For example, the difference in price between a low and high finish of a new bathroom could range from € 5,000 to € 30,000. In addition, consider a safety buffer for unexpected renovation expenses (see more below).

First, use the general costs as a metric to estimate roughly whether a renovation is within your budget. Then, choose specific costs per repair work. Our contractors based the prices below on average standard items.

General costs for a home renovation project

  • Overall construction: € 850-1,800/m2.

  • General renovation: € 300-1,300/m2.

  • Craftsman rate: € 15-60/hour.

Specific costs for renovating your home in the Netherlands

  • Wall stucco work: € 10-25/m2.

  • Ceiling stucco work: € 15-30/m2.

  • Wall + ceiling paintwork: € 7-15/m2.

  • Bathroom: € 5,000-12,000.

  • Toilet: € 1,200.

  • Kitchen: € 8,000-17,000.

  • Double-glazed window: € 300-1,000.

  • Roof tiling: € 100-300/m2.

  • Dormer ('dakkapel'): € 3,500-8,500.

  • Façade  renovation: € 15-50/m2.

  • Extension: € 14,000-19,000.

Tip 4: Take at least a 10% buffer on top of your renovation budget

Unexpected expenses, also known as miscellaneous expenses, refer to the costs a homebuyer might have overlooked while preparing the refurbishment plan. Think, for example, of situations such as a rotten wooden beam or asbestos-covered inside pipes tasks that require extra effort to fix. Moreover, consider other expenses that the contractor may have as a consequence of external factors, such as those in connection with the rental of a crane due to difficult access to certain areas, the removal of construction waste, or expensive parking. That's why it is common to take into account a safety buffer of at least 10% on top of the estimated project costs.

Tip 5: Get a professional quotation from a contractor before launching the project 

Before launching your renovation project, it is best to consult a professional contractor who will come to your property, take measurements, sketch a plan, and draw an extensive project plan to ensure the best completion of the renovation.

In Diagonal Makelaardij, we offer our clients an introductory interview with the contractors in order to obtain initial advice on their renovation plan.

Plan free intake meeting here!