A step-by-step guide on how attic conversions add value to your home

Attic conversions maximise space and the value of a property. In many cases the resale value can increase in excess of £100,000. Attic conversions are without a doubt the most profitable investment for a home, especially if you intend to sell up one day.

Let’s go back to the basics on how the attic conversions process works with our step-by-step guide:

1. Measure up

Is an attic conversion feasible? That’s the first thing to consider. The only way to know for sure is to measure the dimensions of your loft space. For your reference the highest point in the loft has to be at least 2.3 metres tall in order for an attic conversion to be even considered.

2. Financial considerations

Let’s not forget costs. You need to have money to invest into this home improvement strategy. Attic conversions or building extensions vary in cost taking many factors into account from property size to available space to location and so on. Know your budget and know your available options in terms of raising the money whether it be through your own moneys or through a homeowner loan.

3. Planning permissions

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to check to see if any planning permissions are required. We have discussed this in detail in previous blogs. Your local planning office and authority will be able to help you find this information out. There might be restrictions on what you and cannot build depending on your location. Sorting out planning permissions is a vital stage in this process. No work can or should be carried out until this has been established.

4. Property requirements

Property types vary. Your property type can dictate the nature of your conversion and extension. For instance the differences between detached, terraced, semi-detached and flat properties are substantial and each requires different approaches, even legal considerations.

5. Assess your essentials

Remember, the attic/loft can be home to more than just spare space it can house your boiler or essential plumbing for the home. If you are unsure of where everything is located then bring in a professional to assess the space for you.

The design of the attic conversion must take into account the boiler and the pipe work.

6. Make your plans

You may have your own ideas for this conversion, but we always recommend talking with professional attic conversion experts or architects in order to help you plan your new space. Get a detailed plan drawn up so you can see what it is that you will be getting. All aspects of the build will be considered from support beams to windows to stairs to electrical necessities.

7. Get a free quote

Don’t rely on one set of advice. Get second opinions. Shop around for free quotes on attic conversions. Compare the free quotes and read customer testimonials on those that you like the look of. Only use professionally accredited builders, so no cheap-fix cowboys!

8. Warranty/insurance

Don’t forget to add this new space to your home and contents insurance policy. Find out what that will do to your premium and your policy’s cost. We recommend taking out warranties to keep you covered during construction and for a set time after the build.

9. Building begins

On average an attic conversion can take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete. You must prepare yourself for this period of disruption at home.

10. Profit and remuneration from investment

One of the single most profitable decisions a homeowner can is getting an attic conversion. Commonly, attic conversions in London are increasingly popular. If you want to maximise space and your own profit margins come a resale, then you know how and where to start.

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