Time to convert your attic space and create a loft room?

In the current economic climate, it’s easy to feel disheartened and fed up with your current home; but moving, in many cases, is simply not an option. That’s why many people have turned to loft conversions, an effective way of not only creating much needed additional space within your home but adding value to your property as a whole.

Whilst the thought of converting your loft may at first seem quite daunting, it isn’t as arduous a task as you may first assume. Hiring professional builders and architects to carry out the build will allow for an efficient conversion; but here are a few things you should take into consideration before going ahead with the work:

How much will a loft conversion cost?

Until you have a builder or architect look at your loft in its current state it will be difficult to pinpoint just how much it may cost. However, having a realistic budget on how much you want to spend will enable you to establish whether a loft conversion is a viable option for you once you have received expert advice.

Costs will arise from standard things such as labour, building materials, planning permission and so on; while other costs will stem from the less prominent things such as fixtures and fittings, plumbing, electric and other aesthetic features. Therefore, it is vital that you have created a list of what costs you may come against before going ahead with the build – don’t be left with a converted room and not enough money to finish it in the end.

What will the loft room be used for?

If you don’t require another bedroom, then it is important to figure out just what your attic conversion would be used for should you have it done. Equally, it is important to think of its longevity – will it be a practical solution for potential buyers?

For example, you may be living in a two bedroom terraced house with no need for another bedroom but a great need for a study/office space – which is great. However, when it comes to selling your house would this ‘office’ be a selling point? Perhaps to someone who works from home, but in reality, you are more likely to be faced with more potential buyers who are in need of three bedrooms.

Therefore, while undergoing the transformation of the loft, assess whether it is worthwhile installing an en-suite bathroom upstairs too. It may not seem the most practical of things for you in your current situation, but if you are thinking of selling in the not too distant future, this would add a great selling point to your house.

Overall, converting your loft is a great way of giving your home that lift if you’re feeling a little tired of its current state; but analyse all aspects of the conversion before going ahead with it so you don’t meet with any unhidden costs or problems further down the line.

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