Let’s be honest: we’d all love a little more room and a lot more space, wouldn’t we?
The UK has some of the smallest homes in Europe – and practically every household struggles to balance storage and living space.
Converting Lofts in West Sussex are not, of course, the only solution available to you: moving house or extending your house in other ways are all options.
So, what exactly are the benefits of converting your loft?
1. Add value to your house
There’s no need to just take our word for it. Property experts agree that loft conversions are one of the best ways you can invest in your home.
- Housing Market Research has shown that your house value can increase by as much as 20%.
- Nationwide revealed that loft conversions have the potential to increase the value of the average home by around £37,000.
There is no other form of home improvement that costs so comparatively little yet adds so much and, better still, the payback on your investment need not wait until you sell. With attractive tax breaks available for those renting a room in their house you may wish to use your loft space to take in a lodger or a foreign student and start making money from your extra space immediately.
2. Avoid the cost and upheaval of moving
It’s not only stamp duty, solicitor fees and property costs that continue to rise: the true cost of moving house seems to get higher every year.
One of the major benefits of a loft conversion is that you can stay in the same area, and this means not having to:
- Add to your commute or find a new job.
- Settle your children into a new school.
- Go through the packing traumas and stress of moving house.
Consider this: stamp duty is often now equal to the cost of an entire loft conversion, so you not only gain more but you spend less.
3. Increase space (without losing it elsewhere)
With a loft conversion it’s not just that extra room you gain – a well-planned conversion can provide additional storage underneath your new stairs and decrease the strain on the rest of the rooms in your home as well.
What’s more, by using ‘dead’ space to create a room, conversions do not eat into your home’s invaluable outside space as extensions can. And, with the postage stamp-size gardens that are so typical of Brighton’s properties, this is a very real benefit.
4. Create a room with a view
We are so used to looking out onto the other houses on our street from our windows that it can be a truly delightful surprise when we gaze out of our loft room’s windows to take in the sea or the Downs in the distance.
Being higher up allows you to survey your local area from an entirely new perspective.