How to Afford a Brand New Conservatory
A conservatory is a great way to extend your home and create an extra room. Imagine what you could do with a whole new room in your house – it could be a separate dining room, a home office, a reading room or a guest room to have people stay over. It’s also rather easy to have a conservatory built, as in most cases planning permission isn’t required for a small conservatory.
However, installing a conservatory requires an upfront investment.
How much does a conservatory cost?
As a rough guide, the average conservatory fitted by professionals costs around £5,000. However, with so many options available today, from insulated glass and hardwood finishes, you could expect to pay a lot more for the look you want. Then you also need to think about heating and furnishing the conservatory – but we’ll come to that later. As standard, to have a conservatory fitted, you’ll be lucky to find a company to do it for under £5,000.
Is it worth it?
Building a conservatory does add value to your home, as it creates extra space. Conservatories are also included in many people’s ‘dream home’ ideas, as surveys have shown. With conservatories in demand, you could argue that a few grand is worth it to add an extra room to the house. If you don’t have the cash upfront, you could take out a loan or some companies offer credit. However, you could be able to cut your costs in half if you are willing to build the conservatory yourself.
DIY Conservatory – the affordable option
Buying a self-build conservatory, also known as a DIY conservatory, is a viable option for many homeowners. Because all the parts are supplied and not fitted, the cost of buying a DIY conservatory is significantly reduced. That said, you must have some building experience and access to some basic tools to build the extension yourself without the professionals. But if you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work, and can call in some favours from friends, this may well be the better option for you.
Other costs to consider
Of course when the conservatory is built, you will need to spend more money to make it appealing. One of the first things you will need is conservatory blinds. As conservatories are predominantly glass, you might need to budget up to £1,000 for the blinds to be fitted. Then you’ll have to think about flooring and heating. You may add a radiator during the installation, but if not you might need an electric heater for the winter. Lastly you’ll want to furnish your new conservatory, and this cost will depend on its use and your personal taste.
Hopefully with this information you can decide whether or not you’ll be able to afford a conservatory this year, now that you have different options.