Act now: Modern conservatories add over £9,000 to home value

March 26th, 2012

When you’re looking for a way to improve your property and add value, you should keep modern conservatories in mind. Building a conservatory can add over £9,000 to your home’s value according to a HSBC survey.

The survey shows that properties installed with a conservatory have seen their value rise from £8,263 from the same time last year, to £9,420 in 2012.

And the same survey suggests that modern conservatories are the best way to add value to your home, as loft conversions and house extensions don’t offer the same level on return of investment.

Modern conservatories add space and light to you home, making the property more appealing for both yourself and any prospective buyers.

Modern conservatories:

  • Add over £9,000 to your home’s value
  • Bring light and space to you home
  • Give you great access to your garden

In the current tough housing market, conservatories are one of the only ways to add value and make your home more attractive. Modern conservatories can be used as any room you wish, but most popularly kitchens and dining rooms.

A conservatory to use all year round

With patio doors or French doors you can open your conservatory up into the garden and bring the outside in. The extra light makes the room even more spacious and soft furnishings can make it a great place to relax in the evenings.

Even in the winter, modern conservatories are still appropriate with their fantastic energy efficiency.

National Home Improvement Council director, Andrew Leech, says modern conservatories are the easiest way of improving a property.

He said: “They are not tremendously expensive, but they will provide another room,” he pointed out.”

Mr Leech goes on to point out that modern conservatories can be fully integrated into the downstairs area or be separate entities. The great thing with conservatories is they can be whatever you want them to be.

Abigail Owens from Carolyn Parker Interior Design, also believes modern conservatories are on high demand. She says people have begun to realise the potential and opportunity to “gaze out into the world from the warmth and comfort of your own home”.

Modern conservatories also give you a wide ranging choice, from the style to the material used. With the style, homeowners have plenty of choices, including Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian and bespoke.

Conservatory styles include:

  • Victorian
  • Edwardian
  • Georgian
  • Lean-to
  • Bespoke

And with the material the three choices tend to be uPVC, aluminium and hardwood. All three have their own advantages, but when you’re looking to make the most from value and aesthetic appeal, uPVC is the only suitable material.

uPVC is strong, resistant and durable to changing weather conditions the UK suffers from. It’s also protected from the sun’s UV rays because of the additives and stabilisers added during manufacture.

uPVC is also the cheapest for modern conservatories, so if you’re looking to make a profit, it’s the best choice. Aluminium is by far the most expensive and doesn’t offer the same aesthetic appeal.

Meanwhile, hardwood for modern conservatories can rot or warp over time. This means it needs a lot of maintenance and will also need repainting every couple of years. Although hardwood is the only possibility for homes in Conservation Areas or listed buildings.

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