Looking to convert your loft and add value to your home? By working with an expert in loft conversions Essex property owners trust and choosing the right style of conversion, you’re all set for success.
How much value can it add?
First of all, you are probably wondering how much value a loft conversion could add to your home. It’s a pretty impressive amount, actually! A converted loft can add anything from 10% to 20% to the value of your property. Whether you are planning to sell in the near future or you are going to stay put for a while yet, converting your loft could leave you better off in the long run.
Styles of loft conversion
If you do decide to convert your loft, it’s important that you choose the right kind of conversion for your property in order to maximise your home’s value. You can take your pick from the following types of loft conversion:
• Velux loft conversion: This is the cheapest and least disruptive kind of loft conversion to carry out. If you already have ample space for your needs in your loft, the addition of Velux windows, a sturdy floor and proper stair access will make it a much more welcoming space.
• Dormer loft conversion: This style of loft conversion is so popular, and is the one you’re most likely to see in your local area. This type of conversion protrudes from the side of the roof, giving you more head room and floor space. In terms of pricing, they’re somewhere in between a Velux and hip to gable conversion.
• Hip to gable: If you want a natural looking extension, then a hip to gable is perfect. This involves building up the gable on the hipped side of the roof – giving the extension its name. It gives you the greatest amount of space out of all the kinds of loft conversion, so could be the best option if that is your top priority.
You should also check what kind of roof you have before you proceed. Trusses are supports that run through the cross-section of the loft. If you have those, a loft conversion will require a little more work.
What to use it for
Another thing to consider is what your loft conversion will be used for – as this can influence how much value it adds to a home. Buyers are keenest on extra bedrooms, with an en suite bathroom adding even more value. A lot people choose to use their loft as a home office or a hobby space, but this can easily be reconfigured and marketed as an extra bedroom when the time comes to sell. A converted loft is such a versatile space, and when you work with an experienced builder, they will be able to marry your vision with adding as much value as possible to your property.
Start planning today
The sooner you start making plans (including checking whether you need planning permission), the quicker you will be able to boost both the space in your home and its value. So what are you waiting for?