Some Surrey homeowners believe that converting their loft , although it will almost add to the function and perceived value of their home is just too much of daunting home remodeling project to undertake, even if they will be hiring a loft conversion company Surrey to do all of the actual work for them.
They hear horror stories about roofs caving in because the wrong beam was knocked down , families having to spend months away from their home when a loft conversion project took longer than unexpected, projects going way over budget and draining someone’s wallet dry, a loft conversion company Surrey disappearing overnight with their clients money and the job unfinished and sometimes worse.
Some of these stories may be true, some may be exaggerations, but the fact is that a loft conversion does not have to be a project that is anywhere near as hard or daunting as it may sound. As long as you plan carefully, take your time and find the right people to work with making your home a better and more useful place to live should end up being a very rewarding experience.
Here are some important considerations to keep in mind to help make sure the whole project progresses as planned;
Before you begin talking to a loft conversion company Surrey and making grand plans for your new space sit down and work out a realistic budget for your project – and then stick to it. Such budgets tend to spiral out of control when a homeowner starts submitting change order after change order to their loft conversion specialists because they have had another “great idea” that only just came to them, without giving proper thought to just how much more that bright idea is going to cost them.
Real Estate Market Considerations
Even if you are not planning on selling your home anytime in the near (or distant) future, it still pays to ask a couple of local real estate agents about the loft conversions that tend to offer the best return on a home-owner’s investment in your area.
They will also probably be able to tell you about what kind of loft spaces turn home buyers off, so that you won’t end up building a white elephant room that no one will want should you end up deciding to sell after all.
If you listen to many of those loft conversion horror stories properly they begin “When we decided to do a loft conversion” and the we means the homeowners and a couple of their “quite handy” mates. Thanks in part to all those glossy TV shows and Internet blogs many people think that they will save themselves a lot of money by building a room or living space in the loft themselves.
The problem is that a loft conversion is often very much like building a little house. You need to add the plumbing, the electrics, the walls, floors, ceilings etc and still make sure that one, the whole thing does not fall apart and two, the local building inspector does not come knocking on your door to tell you it all has to come down because you failed to get the right permits and permissions.
Loft conversions are a remodeling projects that are best left to the professionals right from the very start. Take your time, do some research to find a good loft conversion company Surrey who has experience in the field and in the end you should find that having your loft conversion done, which is so useful you don’t know how you lived without it, was not that painful at all.