Suitcases, old Christmas decorations, boxes of files, skeletons, dolls, pictures, photographs and old coins are among the most common items found in the loft space. And it’s not just items. A recent survey of customers from Mark Cox Developments Ltd found that rats, bats, bees and mice can often be found in the loft too. One customer also revealed that on moving house they found a skeleton in the attic – although it wasn’t a real one! Even so, it’s enough to put many people off reaching into those heady heights.
Yet with the cost of a move now a whopping £20k it’s not surprising that for many converting the loft is the preferred option – despite what lies above! Converting that extra space into another bedroom or playroom can add approximately 20% to the value of your home. So with that extra cash to be found in the attic it’s no wonder we are fast becoming a nation obsessed with property developing. According to the Planning Portal 130,000 applications were received online between April and June that’s an increase of 12% from 2014.
Mark Cox, Director of Mark Cox Developments Ltd advises: “Planning a loft conversion needn’t feel daunting. We understand building regulations and work with architects who can advise you every step of the way.” Loft conversions can take between eight and twelve weeks with an average project starting from £30k (excluding VAT). Mark adds “It’s important to understand that it’s not just an investment. That new space can transform your home and your lifestyle for years to come. There really is far more than you think to be found in that attic!”