How much will a conservatory add to the value of a home?

A conservatory should add around 4 to 5 per cent to your home’s value.

Increasing the living space of your home is a great way to increase the value of your property. Loft conversions, extensions and conservatories are the three easiest ways to add extra rooms to your home. Conservatories have long been a popular way to add living space and, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) can increase your home’s value by 4 to 5 per cent.

The Daily Mail also used the figure of 5 per cent in a report in 2009, saying ‘in the short term you can expect to cover the costs of a building a conservatory and, provided it's the 'right' sort of size, add 5 per cent to the home's value.’

However, as with many home improvements, it is vital that you choose the right conservatory for your home and that you keep to a sensible budget. Firstly, make sure that the conservatory is an appropriate size for your home – if it is too large and it may not suit the property whilst if it is too small it won’t add much value as a living space.

Also, it is vital that you choose a design that complements the style of your home and that fits into the landscaping of your garden. Don’t forget to take into account the position of the conservatory – a north facing conservatory needs good heating whilst a south facing room needs shade and ventilation.

And, you also need to check with your local council whether you need planning permission to construct a conservatory. The Daily Mail reports that ‘under rules in England and Wales, adding a conservatory is considered to be permitted development and does not need an application for planning permission, although there are exceptions.’

You may not need planning consent if your conservatory is separated from your home by patio doors or if it is situated within your home’s permitted development allowance. However, if you have already extended your home or if it is a larger conservatory, you may need planning permission.

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