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Any works beyond these three points will probably need planning permission, so play it safe and make sure you're not infringing any laws before you book the builders. More information on loft conversions can be found at planningportal.gov.uk. And again, before booking the builders, make sure you read “Got the Builders In? Make sure you don't invalidate your home insurance.” Be practical Unlike the heady days before the property slump, when gold-plated finishes and designer-laden rooms were the name of the game, these penny-pinching times mean you've got to think practically. An extra bedroom or office space are popular options. Get it right and you'll add a lot of value to your home at the same time. Furnishing the new room-cum-loft shouldn't take too much out of your savings either.

where will electrical points go, do you have a party wall agreement with your neighbours? This will save time and money in the long run. Cover yourself Even in its simplest form, a loft conversion can prove an immense under-taking, so check first to see if your home insurance will cover all eventualities. And although it works out cheaper to carry out conversions these days, don't get carried away. It's possible to have too much space and the end result could mean a house that's top heavy with too many bedrooms for the amount of living rooms beneath. Finally, it's important to know that once you've added size and value to the property, you'll probably need to upgrade your home insurance to cover the new rebuild cost and any contents contained within the extension.

Ask lots of questions Before you do anything, arm yourself with a torch and tape measure and get up into the loft to see what kind of space you're dealing with. Ask yourself lots of questions such as how sound-proof is the room, is there enough light, how do the proportions of the loft work,

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