When people are looking to improve their homes, create a little space and add some extra value, one of the most common things they do is add a conservatory.
Adding a conservatory is a lot cheaper than any other home improvements, and you can often build one without needing to apply for any building permits (although this will be dependent on local rules and restrictions).
The question is, is it really worth it?
Add value to your home
As with any home improvement project where you are hoping to add value to the property, the most important thing to do is think of what sellers are likely to want. You can get a good idea of what buyers in your area are likely to be looking for in your type of property by speaking with an estate agent.
For example, if your home is a three bedroomed semi detached property with a garden then it’s likely that your target buyers will be families. Therefore when you are making decisions about improvements to your property, it’s a good idea to consider what a family would like. Conservatories can be a great way for families to get some extra space, by adding a play room or reading room, so for this type of house a conservatory is probably a great idea!
Generally a conservatory is expected to add around five percent to the value of a property. In some high value property areas, conservatories have been known to add as much as twelve percent! How much value your conservatory adds will depend on the quality of the conservatory and what your buyers are looking for in a property.
A cheaper way to get an additional room
If you find yourself in a position where you really could do with an extra room, then a conservatory is a relatively inexpensive way to do this. It’s certainly cheaper than building an extension or moving house!
Traditionally it’s thought that conservatories are hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and therefore aren’t much use as an extra room. However if you add a tiled conservatory roof your insulation will be much improved, and this will mean that you can use your conservatory all year round.
Good use of the garden
A huge unkempt garden can be off putting for potential buyers, because it looks like a lot of work.
Having a garden will increase your property value as a lot of buyers are looking for outside space. Using some of the space for a conservatory can improve the overall aesthetic and make your home much more appealing to a buyer.
A conservatory is a wonderful way to let extra light into your home, and it’s particularly effective if you can place your conservatory on the end of a room like a kitchen, to add extra light and create the illusion of space.
Try combining your conservatory with a well thought out lighting design to make your kitchen look it’s best!