How to make sure your loft conversion increases the value of your home. Converting your loft can not only transform the space but can also add significant value to your home.
If you are currently on the fence about whether or not to convert your loft, the following guide will talk you through different aspects you should consider.
How to figure out if your loft is suitable for conversion?
Before you begin dreaming up ideas about how to make use of your new loft space, it is first important to check that conversion is possible.
In terms of ownership, if you own the property then you are likely to be good to go in terms of legal rights. However, if your property is a top-floor flat, the loft may be legally owned by the freeholder, and you may need to purchase this space before making any changes.
Next, you will need to assess whether any obstructions may prevent work from taking place. This could be anything from a chimney stack to a water tank. It is unlikely obstructions such as these will prevent a conversion from taking place entirely, but they will likely impact the timescale and budget of the project.
As well as legal ownership, there are also various other considerations you need to take into account, including the head height available, local council regulations, and whether or not planning permission is required. These will all have a direct impact on the ability to proceed.
How can a loft conversion benefit your home?
Once you have determined that a loft conversion is possible for your home, you can then start looking into all the benefits on offer.
Arguably the biggest benefit of converting your loft is the additional living space you acquire through doing so. This is perfect if you’re expanding your family, are in the market for a home office, or you’re simply looking for more storage.
As a result of this additional space, the value of your home will increase. Typically adding an average of 21% to the value of a property, a loft conversion could be a very lucrative decision if you choose to sell your home in the future.
Loft conversions can also be fairly energy efficient. If you ensure your roof is sufficiently insulated, then your new converted room will benefit from both rising heat and retention of heat from the roof. This, combined will the advantage of longer access to natural light, means the room expends less energy than other rooms.
How to make the most of the space in your loft
Once you have afforded yourself this new space, it is important that you make the most of it.
There are various clever solutions you can implement that mean the space is maximised as best as possible. This could include making use of the eaves by installing fitted furniture which adds valuable storage without taking away from the floor space.
You could also choose to go for sliding or folding doors, which again means your floor space isn’t compromised while still creating a functional space.
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