An increasing number of people seem keen to embroil themselves in home improvement projects at the moment, with new figures revealing that 31 per cent of people choosing to extend their properties in the last two years have gone for side or rear extensions.
However, more Hertfordshire loft conversions could also be seen, with research from Sainsbury’s Bank indicating that 15 per cent of people have opted for such work to be done at home in the past 24 months. Conservatories were the most popular extensions, chosen by 29 per cent, with garage conversions and the construction of a home office or garden room also finding favour with homeowners.
“For those who are improving and extending their homes, it’s crucial to advise their home insurance provider. Making revisions to a property such as adding new rooms could change the value of the property significantly and failing to report alterations may see people left under-insured or with invalidated insurance policies,” the lender’s Tom Thomson remarked.
Planning a loft conversion – or any other work of this kind – is a huge undertaking and if you’ve never done it before, it would be wise to seek advice from a professional carpenter and other tradesmen before starting.
Ensure that you have full planning permission to convert the space before you start and remember that if you intend to build into the party walls of your house (those owned jointly by you and your neighbour), then you’ll need to have a party wall agreement in place with those next door before any work can start.