Adding Value to Your Home with a Conservatory

conservatory designs ideas Adding Value to Your Home with a ConservatoryThe delicate wafting of freshly baked bread, white-washed walls, a feng-shui approach to interior design; all fairly widespread methods used when trying to sell a house, all with questionable success.

There are a myriad of techniques and improvements homeowners can adopt when attempting to add value onto their homes. What about conservatories?

We probably all know somebody who owns a conservatory; lapping up the sun in the summer or watching the snow fall from their glass surrounds during the winter, they can be rather serene places. Better still, their presence can add as much as 5% onto the value of a property, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

One explanation for this could be that prospective buyers are now looking for space, ahead of location when considering their future homes and conservatories naturally meet this desire. Indeed, if properties do not feature a conservatory upon viewings, many buyers will add them on once in the house – such is the ease and cost-effectiveness of doing so.

Nick Forman, of Freeman Forman estate agents said in an interview with the Telegraph,

“Adding a conservatory will undoubtedly add value… if the conservatory costs £15,000, it could add £30,000 as it gives an additional reception space and often doesn’t require planning permission”.

With the housing market continuing to struggle, those looking to make their homes more appealing to potential buyers must look to relatively cheap, effective methods in order to push through a sale – conservatories are seen as one of the finer examples of such techniques.

Sellers would be wise to keep in mind that, although sales may be slow, it is those houses which offer something different which movers want that will sell and the buyers are out there. They’re just a little harder to please which is all the more reason to look at adding value to your home.

One conservatory Manufacturer  told the Independent,

“Obviously we are in a temporary blip in the housing market but I tell people that as soon as building is finished they will have added 50% of the cost to the value of their house and if they move in five years’ time, they will have added the rest and more.”

But what about those people who claim conservatories to be too cold in winter and a giant greenhouse come summer?

Well, there are always advances in technology and glass is no exception. There are options out there which keep out up-to 75% of heat, glare and UV light. Another choice may be a glass which reflects sunlight and heat inwards on a cold day but doesn’t allow as much heat in on a warm day. Problem solved.

It would appear that conservatories are not only affordable ways to build an enjoyable extra living space when in your property; it’s also an effective method in gaining extra pounds on your home when the time comes to sell. However, as with all home improvements there are risks and considerations to be taken.

Think about available space – you don’t want to build an eyesore of a conservatory which swamps your garden. If you have plenty of room at the front or back of your property then there shouldn’t be a problem; a smaller garden would suit a more compact structure.

Overall design must complement the existing building so consider a more traditional approach for older buildings and a contemporary feel for newer homes. There are many textures and material options to choose from, make sure you take time to pick the best one for you. Finally, think about positioning. A south-facing conservatory will need ventilation and shade whereas one which faces north will need better heating.

Whatever approach you decide to take, a conservatory is sure to add a welcome living space to your home and make any house sale that much more lucrative. Before you consider expensive and arduous home improvements, think about a conservatory from Grabex.

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