If you’re thinking of making any substantial changes to your property, you’re probably going to want to invest in things that not only make it a better home for you, but that can also add value to it when you sell up and move on.

Belfast Live recently highlighted some of the top home improvements to carry out if you want to boost the value of your property.

Making sure your home is properly insulated is the number one tip – and one that could be particularly important if you’re also considering loft conversions in Ripley. Up to 30 per cent of your home’s heat can be lost as a result of a poorly insulated attic, and if you’re converting that space into another room, you definitely want to ensure it stays a comfortable temperature.

Another thing that can add value to your home, and make it more appealing to prospective buyers, is having lots of natural light.

Installing larger windows is worth considering, while making sure that you allow for natural light when you’re carrying out a loft conversion is also important. In the roof space, you can make use of skylights or Velux windows to introduce more natural light.

You may also want to look into whether you can create off-street parking, if you don’t already have it, as this can be very appealing to potential buyers, not to mention reducing your car insurance premium.

If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will bring some immediate return, converting your attic into a storage space and renting this out could be one way to do it. The Manchester Evening News recently noted that some residents in the city are renting out their attic as storage space for as much as £150 a month.