Is a new conservatory an investment?
A conservatory is without a doubt, one of the most popular home improvements that homeowners opt for. Not only will you be extending your property and creating more space, but it is also an opportunity to create a more modern look to your home.
A common question asked, is does a conservatory add value to your property?
When adding a conservatory to your home, you will be making your property more desirable to potential buyers when you come to sell it. It is a more cost-effective option than adding an extension, increasing the value of your home without spending a fortune yourself. The amount of value you add is dependent on several factors. You will get the most out of your conservatory if you plan the process carefully.
Years ago, conservatories were a popular option for displaying and looking after plants. However, they are now enjoyed by humans, so when choosing the style, you should consider what you intend to use the extra space for. It can be turned into a dining area, an additional lounge or perhaps a playroom.
In this article, we have outlined some of the best ways to ensure you add value to your property, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
- South-facing garden
If you have a south facing garden, you will benefit from maximum amounts of sunlight. This will be appealing to some potential buyers.
- East or west-facing garden
Your new conservatory will still benefit from sunlight, but just different times of the day.
- How important is attractive external views?
The more glass in your conservatory, the better. It opens up the outside world, allowing you to take in the stunning views of your garden. If you have a well-maintained garden, with beautiful plants, and possible water features, potential buyers will be tempted at the thought of spending time in the conservatory.
- What size should I choose?
You should be sensible when choosing the size of your new conservatory. Whilst being too small, you will be limited to what you can do with it, but by going too big, you will be taking up valuable garden space.
- How should I furnish my conservatory?
It is important to try and keep your conservatory in style with your existing décor and furniture. For example, if you have a heritage property, adding a modern conservatory can be detrimental to the look, and also the value.
- Which frame is best?
Conservatory frames usually come in either uPVC, timber or aluminum. uPVC is considered the most affordable option and will require less maintenance than other materials, and will stay looking good for longer.
- Do I need to consider glass?
Because conservatories are made predominately of glass, you do need to consider what is the most cost-effective option that will provide you with warmth all year-round. Take into consideration the thermal efficiency.
Double glazing will be thermally efficient. However, if you require extra warmth and noise cancellation, you may prefer the option of triple-glazing. Triple-glazing allows heat from the sun to not only enter the building but will also reflect it into the room, therefore reducing heat loss.
- Should I get advice from a professional?
When you decide to sell your home, it would be beneficial to speak with an estate agent. They have experience, and will be able to advise you on the value of properties in your local area, and are likely to recommend you not go over that price.
- What double-glazing company should I use?
Do your research into the double-glazing company. Check their reviews and ensure they use top-quality materials and have a good reputation.
Transform your living space
As much as a conservatory can add value to your property, you should make the most of the extra space. Transform it into a room that will benefit you and your family. If you have dreamed of that big kitchen, a conservatory is an ideal solution. Or perhaps your family has recently grown, and you need a playroom for your children.
So, do conservatories add value to your property? In short, yes! You should do your research before committing. Maybank Solutions are double-glazing installers, providing a first-class service in Essex, East London and Kent. For more information on how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.