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Loft Conversion Ideas - who can help me convert my loft?

Updated: Mar 20, 2022

A loft conversion is no easy undertaking: it takes a lot of planning and there’s a lot to think about. Many of these need specialist skills. You might need structural alterations and some rewriting, for example. If these jobs are handled incorrectly, you could have serious safety problems in your home that at the very least will be costly to fix. Johnpaul Manning, MD of Insulation4less, explains how to find a loft conversion specialist and how much disruption to expect.

Q: Where can I find a loft conversion specialist?

Once you have a rough idea of what you want, ask for recommendations locally. Look for other properties with the kind of conversion you want and ask the homeowners which company they used: word of mouth is a great way to gauge a builder’s reputation. Alternatively, bodies such as Which? and the Federation of Master Builders have great resources to help you find a trustworthy company.

Q: How do I choose a loft conversion specialist?

When it comes to finding a company, don’t just go for the cheapest quote. As with many building projects, you get what you put into it, and while a low quote might seem tempting, it could end up costing you more in the long run. Don’t be afraid to speak to previous customers before you make a decision; reputable builders are usually more than happy to show off their completed projects. They may also put you in touch with previous customers so you can ask questions.

Q: How long will my loft conversion take?

This depends on many factors, including the size of your property, the roof type and location, and even the time of year. On average, a conversion can take anywhere from four to four and a half weeks for a terraced home to five or five and a half weeks for a semi-detached house. For more complex projects, which might involve removing or altering an existing roof, projects can take between eight to ten weeks to complete.

Q: How much disruption will my loft conversion cause?

The impact the building work will have on daily life depends on what needs to be done. In some cases you might need to vacate the property while work is completed. Make sure you take this on board before you move forward with your project.

Q: When is the best time to do a loft conversion?

As with most building work, the spring and summer months are the best time to embark on a loft conversion project. The weather is (usually) better and the days are longer so your construction company will have more time to work in natural light. In turn, this increases the chance that your build will complete on time.

However, building schedules can fill up quickly so make sure you book your project well in advance. It’s possible that a last-minute building slot can open up, but most reputable companies will advise you to plan a build well in advance so they have time to source supplies and arrange schedules. This will also give you time to make your own arrangements for the build.

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