The news is frequently reporting on how first time buyers are struggling to get onto the property ladder and even those that do have mortgages but need to move to somewhere bigger are more than often unable to do so due to financial restraints.
For example, I am often hearing stories of people who have started a family but do not have enough bedrooms to accommodate them. Some have three kids plus sharing one bedroom, which can become a problem if they are mixed genders especially as they get older. Lack of space can also be an issue for those that work from home, perhaps to save money on renting an office space. Many do not have an extra room to escape to and create a work environment; this can be a bigger problem if there are other family members in the house during working hours.
So what is the solution to this issue? Well many are resorting to house extensions which can be less expensive than moving. Others are looking into garage and loft conversions which can be even less costly. Often people store unwanted items in their loft so it is a good accuse for clear out and good motivation not to store clutter that is of no use to you. Why not have a car boot sale to clear out your loft and you could even make some money out of it! Many people have successfully converted their loft space into offices and spare bedrooms – a fairly simple way to increase your living accommodation without the need to fork out lots of money.
When considering a loft conversion it is important to ensure that the floor is safe and that the walls are well insulated. Choose your builder carefully; it is good to find one that is able to deal with the complete process from the initial design through to the plumbing, heating, and window installation. If you are planning to have a bathroom fitted this could eat into your budget as this will require a bigger investment into pipe work etc. What about accessing your loft you may choose to go all out and have a proper stair case installed, but if you are counting those pennies you could opt for a loft ladder.
You may not even need planning permission for a conversion or rear extension. A professional property expert will be able to provide you with a range of advice and ensure that your conversion is safe and secure for use.