Getting yourself ready to take on a loft conversion can almost be as big a deal as the actual construction work itself. You’ve probably taken some time to save up and think about what you’d like to do with the new space once everything has been completed. What you’re going to use it for and how it’s going to be decorated are the next two things to keep in mind.
But getting the loft ready for its conversion is an equally important task and to help you out, here are some things to think about before construction is scheduled to begin.
Emptying out the loft space
It may seem like an obvious point to make, but before any work on the loft conversion can begin, the existing space will need to be completely cleared. This is as much for your safety as it is for the workmen coming into your home. Think about where the items currently stored in the loft can be placed in the meantime. A loft conversion also presents a great chance to finally have a good clear out and filter through the things you need to keep, against those you can dispose of or sell.
Clear other areas of your home
There will be a lot of coming and going throughout the duration of the loft conversion build. It will make life easier and safer for the workmen to have clear access on the way from, and to, the loft space upstairs.
Hiring a skip
With the amount of materials being used to construct the new loft it makes sense to have a skip either on the driveway, your own land, or close to your house. This will allow the work team to dispose of the materials from your loft easily and safely. Don’t forget to think about the impact it may have on your neighbours while the loft conversion is being built. If you can’t place the skip on any property you own, you’ll have to get permission from the local authority to set one in the road outside.
You daily routine
There is no reason why a loft conversion should mean you have to make any major adjustments to the way you live while it is being built. There will be more noise and people present, of course, but you can still get on with the things you need to do around the house. If you feel unable to adjust to the circumstances while the work is ongoing, then you may wish to stay elsewhere until it is completed in 4-6 weeks.