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Loft Conversion: Increasing The Value Of Your Home And Space In One Action

Loft Conversion: Increasing The Value Of Your Home And Space In One Action

There is a growing demand of individuals wishing to increase the value of their homes, as well as the usable space of their property. There is a particularly cost-effective and efficient way to achieve both of these objectives in one single action: loft conversion. Many buyers love having an additional living space and use it as an office, or some of them have long focused on the kitchen areas.

It is really important for you to inform yourself and take some tips about decisions on improving your home and its value. We know that bigger isn’t necessarily better in today’s market, but strategically increasing the amount of living space is.

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Here is why loft conversions are a simple yet effective home hack for increasing the value of your home spaces:

What Is A Loft Conversion?

A loft conversion is the act of increasing the usable space of a home by expanding it into the loft. This means that the loft is converted from being an otherwise unusable space in a house into a room that is habitable. And it can be created into whatever the inhabitant of the house chooses.

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Quick Tip: Some people even choose to convert a loft space and rent out the additional room as a living space to temporary residents/tenants.

How Long Does It Take To Convert A Loft Space?

Converting a loft can take around 6-10 weeks, with the length of time mostly dependent on the specific requirements of the customer. Some customers prefer to have more complex constructions than others. This can have a bearing on both time and cost.

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To convert a loft in this time-frame, you will need one builder and two laborers (or two builders and one general laborer).

The good thing is, if you work with a specialist at a loft conversion management company, you will not have to worry about arranging any of the above, as there are building companies out there that will take care of all the different components of the loft conversion – all the way from applications for planning permission to the completion of the build and the cosmetic finishing.

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According to James Roberts, from Bristol Conversions, loft conversions are one of the most cost-effective means of which you can increase the usable space and value of your property. It doesn’t cost excessive amounts of money and it can be completed in a relatively fast time period.

How Much Will A Loft Conversion Cost To Complete?

Prices for conversions of lofts vary from anywhere between £20,000-£35,000. The price is predominantly dependent on the following factors:

  1. Size of the loft conversion.
  2. The bespoke elements you’d like included within the conversion. This includes bespoke decorations, bespoke furniture, paints, wallpaper, carpets, rugs, mirrors, pool tables, TV screens, and so on.
  3. Type of the loft conversion. An example of this would be that mansard, dormer, hip and gable tend to generally be more expensive than the more standard velux loft conversions.
  4. The quote you receive from the company you choose to take up the project with. You should compare quotes from more than one building company before undertaking a project of this size and scale.
  5. The cost of the materials and how they are sourced. You should talk to the building company if you wish to know more about this, but some materials are more expensive than others. This is often down to the choice of the client/customer.

How To Choose The Right Loft Conversion Management Company

Now that all of the main talking points have been covered, how do you go about making sure you have the right company working for you to help you increase the space and value of your home with this loft conversion project? Below are three of the main guidelines you need to follow when looking to outsource help on your loft conversion project:

  1. Make sure that the company contracting the building work adheres to all necessary safety guidelines, rules, and regulations. This is important for safety as much as it is for legality reasons.
  2. Ask to see previous examples of their work. This is important because you need to be able to verify examples that previous work has been done and that it has been done well. This gives you peace of mind that you are working with people who can complete the job to a sufficient standard.
  3. Don’t feel pressured to choose the very first company you come across. Be selective in your choices. You’re making an investment in your living space that could prove to be very lucrative in the future if you ever decide to sell or rent out the space. Make your contracting decisions wisely.

If you take note of all of the points above, you will increase the chances of a smooth transition to a converted loft and realize the benefits of the increased space and value it gives to your home.

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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