If your property is currently on the market, you may want to pay close attention to new research by npower.
Their recent survey of 2,000 UK homebuyers found that more than half (57 per cent) would look to knock £5,000 from the purchase price of a property if it had an exposed boiler.
According to the research, two thirds of Brits (68 per cent) said an uncovered boiler would put them off buying a property altogether. They are considered more negative on property value than outdated kitchen appliances and clunky radiators.
The survey also found, however, that when it comes to improving the look of our own boiler, 70 per cent of us would only invest £500 towards this.
To help us out, npower teamed up with interior stylist and design blogger of Design Hunter, Helen Powell, to reveal three ways to stylishly conceal your boiler.
‘Boilers are hardly the most obvious of starting points when it comes to adding style to your home but we all know what an essential role they play in helping to keep us cosy and warm,’ said Helen.
‘Luckily there are lots of different options when it comes to covering them up. With a little creativity it’s even possible to come up with a solution that will add an extra feature to your home.’
Helen’s top tips for hiding a boiler
1. Hide your boiler behind a cupboard
Build a simple wooden frame around your boiler. To add some style, adorn with your favourite panelling.
2. Use a blackboard, pinboard or magnetic board
Attach one of the above to your boiler cupboard. You can then fix these with personal touches, such as notes, photos, and drawings. It will enhance the homeliness of your property.
3. Blend your boiler into your kitchen design
By boxing in your boiler you can add extra storage space. You can also extend this to create additional work space in your kitchen.
‘We always aim to help our customers spend smartly and this research shows that a little investment can go a long way,’ said Ed Madden, head of marketing at npower.