If you’re looking to add value to your property, a loft conversion should top your list of options. A recent study by Nationwide shows adding a loft room can increase the value of your home by up to 21%.
According to the Guardian, a loft conversion is the best home improvement to increase property value. A properly converted loft gives you a bigger home. But it also gives you a chance to add more floor space, an extra room and even an en-suite. These are all big assets when it comes to selling your home.
You don’t have to wait until you sell to enjoy the rewards though. A conversion gives you and the family more room to live in and extra space should the family grow bigger. Or you can show off your new guest room to family and friends. You can even rent out the converted room to see an immediate return on your investment.
What makes a good loft conversion?
An attic room can add a lot to your property, but you can cause more harm than good if you get it wrong. A good loft conversion should fit in seamlessly with the family home. That doesn’t mean it has to look the same as every other room. But it should feel like a part of the house – not an extension to it.
The design stage is essential. You need to make good use of light and space. Depending on the size of you attic, you might have to create the illusion of extra space. You can achieve this with lighting, colour and furniture choice. You can even expand your attic space with a loft extension.
Things to avoid
Property value isn’t the only reason to convert a loft. But you definitely don’t want to decrease the value of your home. And there are some key mistakes you don’t want to make:
Hire the wrong professional
A successful loft conversion takes a specialist. Specific knowledge is needed to deliver a conversion that makes the most of your attic space and add value to your home.
Take the cheapest option
You don’t want to spend any more than you need to. But the cheapest option isn’t always the best. The aim is to add value to your property. Which means spending money to make money.
Forget about headspace
Attics aren’t like the other rooms in your house. You need to account for headspace when you size up the room you have to work with. You won’t impress anyone with a bumped head as you give them the tour.
Overlook the heating system
There is a chance you’ll need to upgrade the heating system to effectively heat your loft conversion. And of you add an ensuite, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough warm water and pressure coming from your new shower. A loft specialist can advise you on any necessary upgrades.
Forget about storage space
Attics make ideal storage space. A conversion might mean you have to rethink your storage setup.
Although a loft conversion will add value to your property getting it wrong could be costly and reduce the amount your new attic room could earn you. To make sure you get the best ROI hire a loft conversion specialist.
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