Archive for October, 2012

Choosing a Company to Convert Your Loft

With there being so many loft conversions out there, how do you chose between them. I thought it be worthwhile to write a post on choosing a company to convert your loft – hope you find it useful.

When it comes to building extensions, a little bit of planning know-how goes a long way. The average loft conversion costs between £20,000 and £40,000 depending on the design and the type of house, and is anything but a simple process. To maximise the potential of a loft, you are going to need planning and building skills, as well as the ability to manage a budget accordingly, this is why those considering a conversion should always think about hiring a specialist company.

Loft Conversion Dining Room

 

An experience loft conversion company bring the experience and the skills needed to ensure your loft meets your expectations.

Gathering quotes

Loft conversions are very popular at the moment so you shouldn’t any problems finding a specialist company in the local area. When choosing a company, you do not want to rush out and hire the first firm that you see; instead you should shop around for quotes.

If you’ve ever seen television shows such as Rouge Traders and Cowboy Builders, you will know that not every building company are who they say they are, so it wise to find testimonials and examples of work before phoning or emailing for a quote. The internet is a good place to find feedback on a company, as is word of mouth from friends and family.

Once you have found four of five reputable companies in the local area, you can begin to gather quotes. When doing this, bear in mind that the lowest quote is not always the best.

Getting a consultation

Many companies will provide a consultation service whereby an employee of the company can visit your home to discuss your ideas and look at the possible conversion options. This will allow them to provide you with a more realistic quote, and you to see clear examples of their work.

Most companies will offer such consultations free of charge, and any company trying to charge for the service is probably best avoided. At the same time, just because a consultation is free, doesn’t mean you should feel like you owe the company something. Also, never let yourself feel pressured by any sales patter that company employees try to deliver.

A loft conversion is a massive investment and every decision made should be one that is right for you.