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How to Get a Good Deal on Your Loft Conversion
One of the most common problems of long-time homeowners is space. Problems of this kind may range from trying to fit things into a limited home space, to providing an extra room for kids.
The stress of living in a cramped space may become unbearable, especially if you come home to a place filled with so much clutter. If you experience this kind of situation, you have three options: clean up the clutter, move into a much bigger home, or remodeling your home. The latter is probably the best solution, especially if you own a loft that’s not being used to its full potential.
One good thing about having a loft is that it can add value to your property, should you decide to sell it in the future. A loft conversion is a lot cheaper than having to move out to a bigger home or build another standard room.
Unfortunately, converting your loft requires a number of factors to consider:
- Purpose: Determine what your loft is going to be used for.
- Loft space: Check if space, where you intend to build the loft, is appropriate with regards to the available headroom. If the overhead space is not enough, you may have to check with the city’s building standards for the sake of safety.
- Cost: Proceeding with the loft conversion project without proper planning may cost you more than the budget that you have set.
Getting A Good Price on Converting a Loft
If you want to add that extra space with a budget to work on, you must follow these tips for a cost-effective loft remodeling:
- Scout around for contractors with a good reputation. Ask their previous clients for feedback on the work of their contractor, so that you have an idea of whether the contractor fits your requirements.
- Once you have found a potential list of contractors, ask for a quote from each of them. This way, you can compare the costs to be incurred for each contractor. Have each of them explain the need of materials that you are not familiar with.
- Decide on the direction of how you want the loft to look like. Make sure that the design is appropriate for its function. You don’t want to complete your loft conversion only to redo everything because you had a new and brilliant design idea.
- Be prepared to shell out a little more than what you plan to spend. Sure, you may want to tighten your budget, and that is perfectly normal. However, think of it this way: when you opt for materials that are cheap, you may be sacrificing the quality of finish in your loft.
- If you’re looking to lower costs, you may want to DIY some parts of the loft conversion. For example, after having the loft built, you may paint the loft yourself. That would definitely save you a lot!
Ultimately, getting the best deal on converting your loft should not sacrifice the quality of the output. You don’t want to stay in a loft that’s going to crumble to pieces in just a few months, do you?