Tips for Potential Conservatory-Buyers
06 Mar 2020
Home improvements have become more and more popular over the past few years. Homeowners are opting to extend or upgrade their homes in a variety of different ways including new flooring and garden landscaping. But, there is still some love for the most traditional extensions – the conservatory.
You may be wanting a conservatory to add value to your property, or to add a green space within your home, but you should be aware of how to go about it the right way. Here are some tips for anyone who is considering adding a conservatory to their home.
Check if planning permission is needed
Normal-sized conservatories tend to qualify as permitted development, which gives them the edge over some other extensions but you should still check to see if you need planning permission before you get started.
Consult local estate agents about how much value you can expect to add
They should be able to give you some idea of how much value will be added to your property using the comparisons from similar properties with conservatories.
Get quotes from more than one company specialising in conservatories
By this doing this you can get an idea of how much it is roughly going to cost and from there you can pick the best option for your budget. It would also be a good idea to ask to have a look at companies previous works on conservatories that they have installed in properties that are similar to yours.
Don’t be frugal with the costs
If you get a cheap conservatory, it may lower the value of your property, particularly after a few years’ wear and tear. This will depend on the size of your property but you should expect to pay between £4,000 and £10,000. You should be confident of recouping your investment with interest.
Ensure your conservatory fits in with the rest of your property
You want it to blend in with the property rather than it feeling like a clumsy afterthought as this will detract from the property rather than add to it. You should aim for there to be a sense of flow between the different ground-floor rooms.
Be cautious if you only have a small garden
Sometimes it is best to leave your garden as it is especially if it is small as there is a danger of disturbing the balance of a property and putting off future buyers.
Pay attention to the aspect of your conservatory
If you have a south-facing conservatory, it will attract more light, but may become too hot for comfort in summer. On the other side, a north or east-facing conservatory may lead to you incurring additional heating costs.
Consider an orangery
This is an option if you have a lot of space in your garden and if you have a bigger budget. Orangeries tend to take up more space than conservatories and, unlike most conservatories, incorporate brick-built walls into their structure. They have many advantages such as offering tremendous scope to green-fingered owners and also can greatly enhance the desirability of a property.
Think about heat retention
Most conservatories have double glazing but even with it, conservatories can lose more heat than other rooms in the house. Some ways you can get better heat retention in your conservatories include blinds and extra thick carpets.