Many customers ask us how does a conservatory add value to your home? According to the RICS adding a conservatory can raise the value of your home by up to 5%. But this doesn’t mean to say any property with a conservatory will go up in value by this amount. We’ve all been to houses when the conservatory is 20 years old and looking a bit shabby. In this case many buyers will actually look to offer below market price. So what can you do to make sure the conservatory adds value?
If you have a wonderful high spec conservatory, with full quality certificates from a reputable company there’s no reason why you can’t achieve this. There are a few things you need to take into account to be able to turn your conservatory into a value adder and not a value sapper.
Choose a good location
Make sure the conservatory doesn’t take over the garden. Think about the position, this can have a huge effect on the comfort and enjoyment of the conservatory. If its south facing, the conservatory will most likely need ventilation and good shading, while if its north facing the conservatory requires a good heating system to keep it warm.
A conservatory should be classified as a conservatory and not a home extension. Conservatories do not need any building regulations and heat loss calculations. But there are some rules you need to abide by (contact your supplier for more info). Always make sure you get proof of the quality of construction. This proof of quality is one of the most important factors that will add value to the property.
Choose a design that compliments the house
Its only human nature that if the design is right and looks good with the house people are more likely to want it. If someone comes to view your property and the design is good and compliments the house people are more likely to put in a better offer. Likewise if the conservatory looks shabby or the design is not coherent with the property design this will have a negative impact on the value of your home and the offers that come in. Make sure you use good materials colours, frames etc and spend time thinking about the design and finishes of the conservatory.
Use a good company with an excellent reputation
Contact a reputable company to give you some quotes and show you what’s available, what’s possible and what fits inside your budget etc. A good company should be able to tell you the best way the conservatory is going to add value to your home and also increase your enjoyment at the same time.
Chat with the neighbour
Not a necessity but a good idea if you think your conservatory may hamper a neighbour in anyway. For example if the build can be seen from your neighbour’s house. It’s always best to go over and have a chat. Let them know what you are doing and let them know you care about their living experience. Why do this? Courtesy and may stop any complications or disputes along the way.
So how does a conservatory add value to your home? If done right the conservatory can be a real enhancement to any property and increase the overall enjoyment of living there.
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