Loft conversions, of all possible home improvements, are by far the most effective at boosting your home's value. Research shows that even in the current housing market, converting your loft to give your home more space – and, let's face it, more pizzazz – is most likely to make your house more valuable. From the mouths of property experts: adding that whole extra room is where the smart money is.
Most homeowners bend over backwards to get their home sale-ready: repainting, recarpeting, cleaning away all their personal belongings, even adding new windows and kitchens. But, despite the sellers love the alterations, they rarely suit buyers' tastes, and the changes do not add any value to the house – in fact, after spending so much on 'improvements' sellers tend to lose money.
There are not many homes, though, that would not benefit from that extra room. A new playroom? A nursery? A hobby space – or just a bolt-hole from the chaos of family life. Most lofts and roof spaces are wasted on dusty boxes that have not been touched in decades: boxes that can still be stored under the eaves after a loft conversion.
While a DIYer could, with planning and preparation, do a good job of the upgrade, with minimal guidance, some building companies will help you on your way by doing the shell of the loft conversion and leaving you to do the rest of the work. Certainly these are both options, but are you really a good enough DIYer to be able to effectively increase the value of your home? Many builders admit that, while happy to take on a loft conversion, they have little experience in what is quite a specialist area.
From planning and preparation – which of course includes filling in a fair number of permission and regulation forms – to traipsing around in a precarious roof, this is far from a simple project, and it takes a lot of time. Because loft conversions have such tight building regulations, calling in a specialist loft conversion company is by far the best choice because they have access to a range of professionals that you, as a DIYer, are likely to not have: architects, designers, trained builders , access equipment hire and material suppliers … which may end up saving you a fortune.
So whether your family is growing, or your hobby is taking up more room, before moving, consider approaching a number of loft conversion specialists in your area and compare prices and experience before making your choice.