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Some simple tips to ensure your loft conversion goes as smoothly as possible.

1) Ensure you have fully checked the local authorities planning permission and building regulations.

As the homeowner it is your responsibility to ensure your project complies with those regulations.

2) Hire a professional structural engineer to perform a survey on your roof space prior to making any plans whatsoever.

Only when a complete survey has being done with no reported problems should you even begin to think about design.

3) Hire a professional architect. Not only will an architect be able to translate your design dream into a practical drawing and project, he will also be able to advise which builders to use and where to source the best materials. He will also deal with the local council on your behalf.

2) Hire a professional structural engineer to perform a survey on your roof space prior to making any plans whatsoever. Only when a complete survey has being done with no reported problems should you even begin to think about design.

3) Hire a professional architect. Not only will an architect be able to translate your design dream into a practical drawing and project, he will also be able to advise which builders to use and where to source the best materials. He will also deal with the local council on your behalf.

4) If you are engaging builders ensure that you get a quote from at least three different companies. Make sure you know exactly what each quote includes and remember that the cheapest is not always the best option.

5) Before signing a contract with a builder ask for the telephone numbers of previous customers. Always check to see if the builder has done a good job for previous clients; word of mouth is by far the best recommendation possible.

6) Never pay a builder upfront and in full. Agree a deposit and staggered payments to cover the cost of materials with the labour costs being payable on completion.

7) An often overlooked loft conversions tips is to check whether you need a party wall agreement with your neighbour. This obviously does not apply if you live in a detached property.

2) Hire a professional structural engineer to perform a survey on your roof space prior to making any plans whatsoever. Only when a complete survey has being done with no reported problems should you even begin to think about design.

3) Hire a professional architect. Not only will an architect be able to translate your design dream into a practical drawing and project, he will also be able to advise which builders to use and where to source the best materials. He will also deal with the local council on your behalf.

4) If you are engaging builders ensure that you get a quote from at least three different companies. Make sure you know exactly what each quote includes and remember that the cheapest is not always the best option.

5) Before signing a contract with a builder ask for the telephone numbers of previous customers. Always check to see if the builder has done a good job for previous clients; word of mouth is by far the best recommendation possible.

6) Never pay a builder upfront and in full. Agree a deposit and staggered payments to cover the cost of materials with the labour costs being payable on completion.

7) An often overlooked loft conversions tips is to check whether you need a party wall agreement with your neighbour. This obviously does not apply if you live in a detached property.

8) Take the opportunity that a loft conversion presents to improve the insulation in your roof space with environmentally friendly material.

9) Always consider lighting. Natural light flooding into a room from large windows can make an average conversion look superb.

10) Don’t forget the plumbing. Heating an extra room in the loft may well require your current boiler and heating system to be upgraded.

For more info see the related pages below

Planning Permission

Find A Builder

Adding Value To Your Home By Converting The Loft

Architects And Planning Your Project




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