Nov. 6, 2012
-- One of the country’s biggest loft conversion companies say TV property guru Sarah Beeny (http://www.sarahbeeny.com/)
has been responsible for a 10 percent increase in enquiries.
Becke Livesey from Econoloft, (http://www.econoloft.co.uk/)
said: “Property commentators always cite loft conversions as the home improvement that will add most value to your house. However, Sarah’s recent Channel 4 TV series Double Your House for Half the Money
has shown not just how a loft conversion can add money to your home, but just as importantly, the practical benefits to having extra living space.”
Studies have found that houses in the UK are among the smallest in Europe (http://www.bbc.co.uk/
and with more grown up children than ever before either remaining in the parental home or coming back because they can’t afford a house of their own – it’s no wonder Britain is feeling a bit over crowded.
A well designed and well-built loft conversion can add considerable living space to any home, even flats and maisonettes. Econoloft has been established for forty years and every year over the last decade it has seen its business grow as more people than ever realise that extending into the loft is better value than moving home, particularly where property prices are at a premium such as Greater London and the Home Counties.
Sarah Beeny has now further enhanced business for Econoloft which the company has dubbed the ‘Beeny Bounce’ to reflect the increase in enquires over the last two months.
“People are now quoting Sarah Beeny or the TV programme when they ring us,” said Becke. “It has provided the catalyst for people who may have been thinking about a loft conversion to actually pick up the phone or send an email and take that extra step to find out more.”
However, Becke does have a word of warning to homeowners. “A loft conversion is a major financial decision and you need to do your homework before handing over any money. Research the companies you ask to quote and don’t be afraid to ask to talk to other satisfied customers or even see completed lofts. Ensure the builder you choose has the necessary professional affiliations such as Trustmark (http://www.trustmark.org.uk/
) or the Federation of Master Builders (http://www.fmb.org.uk/
) and most importantly confirm all your work is insured and guaranteed.”
For information about loft conversions visit www.econoloft.co.uk
, Freephone 0800 269 765 or tweet @econoloft.