Need more space? Consider a Garage Conversion

Could A Garage Conversion Boost Your Property Value?

As a homeowner in Devon, you may wonder whether a garage conversion could be the best way to add more living space to your home while boosting its value.

It’s becoming increasingly harder to move up the property ladder to a larger home due to rising property prices in Devon, so as the need to accommodate a growing family becomes more pressing for many families, it isn’t surprising that a garage conversion could be the answer.

If you’re considering converting your garage, the team at Chartsedge have some helpful advice that will enable you to make a well-informed decision.

What Are The Benefits Of A Garage Conversion

Fewer people park their cars in their garages these days, instead using this valuable space to store clutter and junk! Whether a single or double garage, a conversion will create a functional extra room that could make a massive difference to your family’s living arrangements. Not only will the extra space improve your home’s functionality, but it will also make it more appealing to purchasers when you’re ready to sell.

Do I Need To Get Planning Permission For a Garage Conversion?

Usually, you don’t need to get planning permission for a garage conversion as long as all of the works are internal with no extension to your property’s footprint. The only exception is if you live in a listed property or conservation area when planning permission may be needed. You should also note that obtaining a party wall agreement from your neighbours may be necessary before beginning work.

Garage conversions must comply with the appropriate building regulations concerning energy efficiency, structural safety, drainage, fire safety, and ventilation. This approval must be in place before beginning work, and inspections may need to be carried out at different stages during your project. This is very, very important as you will need the documentation when you sell the property. Recently we have had sales delayed by weeks when clients have had to obtain this retrospectively.

How Much Do Garage Conversions Cost?

Your garage conversion cost will vary depending on your garage’s size, the complexity of the project, the type of materials you choose to use, and the finish you decide to opt for. In general, the average cost of converting a single garage will range between £5,000 and £20,000.

What Could I Use My Garage Conversion For?

Converting your garage will give you valuable additional space, but the purpose you choose to use it for is up to you. Some popular ways of using garage conversions include:

  • Home office
  • Fitness room
  • Playroom
  • Guest bedroom
  • Extra family room
  • Games room
  • Media room
  • Kitchen extension
  • Extra bathroom

All these options will add value to your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers when you decide to move on.

And of course if and when you are ready to sell your home or look for a new property, the team at Chartsedge are always here and ready to help.

As experts in the Devon property market, we’re confident we can help you find the perfect buyer for your existing property and the ideal new home to move into.

Give us a call today on 01803 505115 to find out more.