Here at Greenleaf Clearance, we can help you reclaim any space in your home or business – including your loft, attic or basement. In this article, we will be looking at everything you may need to know about converting your loft space, and how to make it possible.
Is a Loft Conversion Worth it?
According to the Renovation Plan, ‘space is at a premium – especially after countless months spent working from home’. One of the biggest advantages of converting your attic or loft is the additional space you could be gaining by doing so. By clearing out your loft, you could be adding a whole extra room to your home.
When it comes to homeowners adding more space to their home, it’s common for many people to build out into their garden first – which, as a result, can minimise their garden space. However, by instead looking at a loft clearance first, you could maximise your space on the inside, without having to encroach on the outside of your property.
As well as having more room, clearing out your attic or loft can actually add value to your property too. The Guardian states that by ‘extending your home or adding a loft conversion you can add more than £42,000 to the value of an average property’, which is around 22% based on average house prices. So, as well as adding more space internally to your home, you could also be upping the price tag attached to it.
4 Loft Conversion Ideas To Inspire Your Project
Transforming your loft or attic can be a great way to add additional living space and value to your home. Once your loft, attic or basement has been cleared there are many ways that you can utilise the space to make it a family-friendly addition, or simply, just a room for new hobbies. Here are some of our favourite transformational ideas for your newly cleared loft:
- Convert The Space Into a Bedroom Or Guest Room
If you are looking at fully converting your loft, attic or basement, then this newly available space could make an ideal extra bedroom or guest room. As well as adding extra value to your home, it can be a peaceful spot for guests to stay. In addition to an extra bed, you could also consider adding a seating or desk area to create a more mulit-funcitional space.
- Creating a Home Office or Study Area
With so many of us working from home nowadays, having additional office space can be invaluable. To make the space optimal for working, you could even soundproof your loft or attic to make it all the more peaceful.
- What About a Reading Nook Or Extra Lounge?
An extra lounge is perfect for families with growing children. Your loft, attic or basement could make for the ideal breakaway space for your older kids to have their own privacy. Or, if you already have a designated space for your TV, and want a room away from technology, a reading nook with comfy seating also could be a great idea.
- Home Gym Or Yoga Studio
Unlike your kitchen or dining room, an attic or basement can be a less frequented part of your home. These rooms are usually away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life in the home, and are full of untapped potential. These rooms typically are less loud – making the perfect serene space for a home gym or yoga studio. An attic can easily be converted into a serene and peaceful space for you to attempt mindful practices such as yoga or meditation.
Attic & Loft Clearance: Our ‘How To’ Guide
According to Ideal Home, ‘you’ll gain space, peace of mind and perhaps end up with a sizable donation to give to charity’ by doing a loft clearance. Follow these steps in our ‘how to guide’ for clearing out your attic.
Step 1: Assess The Health & Safety Risks
Attempting a loft clearance, using a ladder can be a dangerous feat that can pose many health and safety risks. Without a secure ladder position, climbing up or down can be unsafe and cause you to fall. Furthermore, even if the ladder is firmly bolted into place, attempting to move up and down the ladder backwards many times could increase your risk of tripping or hurting yourself. Not to mention, all that heavy lifting could cause you long term back, shoulder or leg injuries.
Another safety risk is the current state of the loft or attic. Many overhead storage units in houses are dusty and contain allergens. This can cause allergies to flare up as we breathe in these nasty particles into our lungs. Much like dust, lofts and attics are breeding grounds for mould and mildew which can also be extremely harmful to our health.
We would also recommend looking at the electrical or wiring hazards that could be present. These are another common health and safety risk that will have to be assessed. In many residential homes, electrical wiring is run through the attic and down the walls of the home.
Step 2: Planning In Advance
For the second step, we would suggest having a plan for what you are going to do with your loft space after it has been cleared. If you are going to fully convert your loft space, then you may need to take a closer look at what needs to be cleared. As well as having potentially unwanted items that you will need removed, if you are attempting a full loft conversion, you may have to take into account other things such as the insulation.
Professional clearance companies can help you dispose of these tricker items such as insulation, as larger amounts may need to be taken through a waste management process, or for older insulation, which can be used to generate energy.
Step 3: Deciding What Needs To Be Cleared
During your clearing process, it’s important to speak with a professional clearance company that can help you get rid of the more tricker items. After you have decided what is going to happen with the space, the next integral step is to separate your unwanted items into what you are going to keep, donate and dispose of.
That’s where our Loft & Attic Clearance Services come in. Our team of professionals can safely and efficiently clear out the space for you, taking all necessary precautions to ensure not only your safety, but also correctly disposing of items.
If you have electronic items or WEEE waste which you are looking to dispose of, you may also require a professional clearance team. WEEE waste can be classed as larger household appliances such as fridges, cookers, washing machines, microwaves or dishwashers. They can also be much smaller electronic goods such as irons, toasters, clocks and hoovers. WEEE waste will need to be either returned to the retailer, or in many cases, be taken to a recycling centre when getting rid of the rest of your household electrical waste.
Our Attic & Loft Clearance Services
Here at Greenleaf Clearance, we have a team of ready and waiting professionals who can’t wait to help you clear your loft space. With all hands on deck, we can safely and efficiently remove any unwanted items from your attic, loft or basement, allowing you to add value to your home and reclaim your space. We can help you completely transform your space into a functional and clear area that you can enjoy for many years to come. For further information on how we can assist you, contact us at 0808 164 8226.