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There is a lot of information out there for homeowners who are considering making improvements to their property, and trying to read and understand everything can be quite a daunting task. Any decision to convert your loft shouldn’t be one made on impulse, so we’ve put together a few initial questions to ask yourself before getting in touch with a specialist Essex Loft Conversions company like Herts and Essex Lofts.
Do you need the extra space?
As a home owner there is lot of question arsis in your mind. These question should have a fairly straightforward answer. If you are already considering Excess conversions your loft, chances are you need the space.
Can you afford a loft conversion?
As you know many people think that most lost conversions cost between £20,000 and £40,000, with an average price somewhere around the £32,000 mark. On paper, that may look like a lot of money. Think of the holiday you could have, or the car you could buy for that kind of cash! But unlike nice holidays and new cars, a loft conversion can add up to 40% to the value of your property. If you apply that to the UK average house price (£250,000), that £20,000 to £40,000 investment would see the price of that property rocket to between £300,000 and £350,000 – an increase of £50,000 to £100,000.
Is your loft ready for a conversion?
While we would love to be able to say that your loft is without doubt 100% suitable for a Excess conversions, we won’t be able to tell this for sure until we’ve had a quick look at the space. There are a number of structural and safety points that need to be considered before work can begin:
Ceiling height – your loft ceiling must be at least 6ft 6in high (at its highest point) to comply with building regulations. Ceilings over 7ft 8in may need to be lowered to ensure structural integrity.
Access – your loft needs to have easily accessible escape routes, either in the form of an open stairway, large window or skylight. (Many lofts don’t have easy access escape routes, but we will install these as part of your conversion.)
Energy retention – your loft will need to be thoroughly (and correctly) insulated to avoid wasting heat.
Ventilation – your loft will need to be well ventilated to prevent against mould and damp. We can advise you on the best form of ventilation before we start work on your conversion.
Listed buildings – if you live in a listed building or conservation area you will more than likely need to obtain planning permission before we can start work on your Excess conversions. Most domestic, non-listed properties only require building regulations approval (we can advise you if this is not the case for your home).