Do Conservatories Really Add Value?
Adding additional living space is a good idea when you are looking at ways to improve your home. However the way you extend will make all the difference to adding value or losing money. Avoid cheap, small and nasty DIY conservatories which end up looking like something tacked onto the back of your house, this will not be desirable or add value.
Adding a quality double glazed PVCu conservatory that matches the era of your property and blends into the original building by using the same brick work and window frames will certainly help improve the look of the extension.
Under floor heating is a really good idea as this will help keep the conservatory warm over the winter months and also will not take up valuable wall space.
You should factor into the costs when you are budgeting for a conservatory, under floor heating and blinds. If your conservatory is South facing you will need to provide the room with some protection from the sunlight, the sun will not only over heat the room in the summer but will also fade your interior furnishings.
Another trick is to make the existing room flow into the new conservatory by using the same flooring and at the same level giving a seamless connection into the new space. This will make the downstairs area have a feeling of space and flow and make the conservatory feel part of the house.
A conservatory costs around £5,000-£30,000 and this can add around 7 per cent to the value of your property, while a full-blown extension will cost around £10,000-£30,000 adding approx. 11 per cent.
If you are thinking about selling!
Know your target market
Work out who is your most likely type of buyer and present the property accordingly. This will determine whether you present a conservatory as say, a dining room, living area, an office, a play room, or a gym.
Some other thing else to bear in mind
Don’t out grow your street! If the properties in your street are selling for around £180,000 then don’t build a huge conservatory and ask for £360,000. People wanting to spend £360,000 will be looking in areas where the houses command that sort of asking price.
Don’t do a DIY bodge up job when adding a conservatory visible mistakes will raise alarm bells for potential buyers leaving them wondering if there are other bodge ups they can’t see.
Out of place furniture or badly placed furniture will not devalue the property, but it will look out of place and some people find it hard to visualize over cluttered and badly presented spaces. Present the room well to help a potential buyer see the added value and the advantages of the new conservatory.