5 Top Tips For Saving Money When Having A Loft Conversion

29/07/2016 /
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Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Many people are now opting to extend their house via a loft conversion rather than choosing to move house. The main reasoning behind this is due to the fact that moving home can incur large estate agent fees, stamp duty and ever increasing solicitor fees, not to mention the struggle of gaining a mortgage. The process of converting your loft area makes a lot of sense in order to give your home a new lease of life and with some extra planning you could save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Here at Electric Radiator Solutions we have compiled our 5 top tips for a cost effective loft conversion.

Decide what the function of the room is

Different rooms serve different functions. If you are converting your loft to create room for a home office you would probably benefit from a lot of natural light so adding plenty of skylights would be beneficial to the final design. If the purpose is to create an extra bedroom then it may be beneficial to add an en-suite, especially if the family bathroom is located far away from the loft. Remember though that the more complex your design the more costly it will become.

Keep the design simple

Keeping things simple ensures your budget will not, pardon the pun, go through the roof. Adding unnecessary windows for example can soon eat away at your budget. Opting for skylights and placing them strategically for optimal light means you won’t need as many and will save you a lot in materials and labour. Dormer windows can be much more expensive so be sure to factor this in during the design phase. If you do choose to add an en-suite then placing this in an area where plumbing is easily extended will save a lot of time and labour costs. Finally, when adding a staircase try to place this directly above where the existing staircase is to maximise space.

Hire the right builders for the job

Hiring a reputable builder with lots of experience not only gives you peace of mind but can also reduce labour time considerably. Ask around to gain good recommendations from friends and family as well as taking a look at tradesmen review sites such as check a trader. Remember that the cheapest quote is not always the best as somebody who lacks experience could cost you more in the long run.

Add the correct insulation for your needs

As a lot of energy is lost through roofing systems it is important to research the best way to insulate your new conversion. Insulating a loft conversion in the construction phase is quick, easy and inexpensive. The correct insulation will not only ensure your new loft conversion is habitable but will also save money on those ever rising heating bills.

Think about heating

Whilst on the topic of energy bills it is also important to think about how to heat your loft conversion over those cold winter months. Choosing an energy efficient electric radiator such as our range at Electric Radiator Solutions can save you money long term as well as meaning there is no need to get a plumber in. Electric radiators can be wall mounted and simply plug into an electrical outlet giving you an easy stress free heating option.

Our state of the art radiators at Electric Radiator Solutions offer the latest home heating technology. All our radiators use the latest dry thermal technology as well as a precise digital thermostat and the option to control each room of your house independently, making them ideal for loft conversions. All our models are easily wall mountable and our smart technology iVista range even allows you to control your radiator via your smartphone. For more information or for help and advice on heating your loft conversion contact our team today.