Lack of space the problem for most families

running out of room?

Not only are children living at home for longer, the present housing climate means that for many, their first-time property is shrinking in living space.

The result is parents are having to act like free storage depots, looking after everything from furniture to personal items like books and music.

If your home feels like it’s busting at the seams with family members and their belongings, then now might be a very good time to get a rough idea of cost for converting your garage or loft.

Because today’s housing climate means many would like to move for more space, but are unable to, creating more space out of what you already have is becoming increasingly common and it makes good financial sense too.

Add up all the costs of physically moving home – removals, solicitors, stamp duty, re-decoration etc and by the time you’ve factored in a higher mortgage payment, converting ‘dead space’ you already own becomes a very good investment indeed.

Not to mention the added value, the conversion will add to your property.

Because of the construction technique differences between converting your loft and garage, Home Improvement Quotes has two separate dedicated quoting websites – one for each project.

Both allow you to enter your location, approximate room sizes and specify extra’s like en-suites etc before giving you an instant online quote – no fuss, no pressure and no salesman.

Click here to try Loft Quoter now. For Garage Conversion quotes, click here.

*this story first appeared in our weekly homeowner newsletter dated 14th June 2011. Click here to read the full home improvement quotes newsletter.

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Getting rid of the kids

Research by the housing charity Shelter suggests that almost 1 in 4 18 to 34 year olds are still living with parents at home. Often because they think a home of their own will be unaffordable.

However, it may be worth checking what new developments are around in your area as a recent development in Selby proved.

Redrow Homes were offering their starter homes/apartments with an all inclusive monthly service charge that included utility bills like gas, electricity and water right down to window cleaning.

On top of that, their easi:buy scheme meant 25% of the purchase price could be deferred – the deferred payment terms being extended from 10 to 25 years.

New properties like this usually come with fitted kitchens and modern bathroom suites so once you’re in, apart from a spot of personal decorating, everything else is taken care of.

Of course getting rid of the kids will leave you with plenty of time to do all those home improvements you’ve been promising yourself, and Home Improvement Quotes family of online quoting websites are ready 24/7 to help you by giving you an instant online price for everything from double glazing & conservatories to dream kitchens and bathrooms.

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