Can a conservatory help to sell your home? It’s a simple question with a simple answer. In short, yes it can. It’s a buyers’ market at the moment and anything you can add to your home to add value or make it more appealing to viewers will help with a sale. One of the biggest shortcomings of homes, especially when it comes to families with children, is a lack of a second reception room. A conservatory is a great way to add this and can make a real difference.
There are of course many reasons to add a conservatory to your home but if your main motivator is to add value or interest when selling your home, the conservatory should meet a few guidelines:
- Make sure it is of a large enough size that you could comfortably spend a lot of time there. Don’t think of it just as a small add-on, think of it as another key room in the house.
- Choose the correct style of conservatory. There’s no good bolting an ornate, old fashioned style conservatory onto the side of your modern home – it will just look out of place.
- Make sure the conservatory is heated. You’re not going to be able to sell it as an additional room if it can’t be used in the colder months.
- Make sure there are enough opening windows. Conservatories can get very warm in the summer months and good ventilation is vital.
- Choose a floor covering that can easily be cleaned such as tiles or laminate. Since the conservatory is directly connected to a garden the likelihood that dirt could be brought in is high. Use replaceable rugs if you want a more cushioned floor.
- Make sure the conservatory is decorated and furnished to a purpose. This is especially important if you are using it as a selling tool. Conservatory dining rooms are very popular if attached to the kitchen. Alternatively, a second sitting room or a children’s play room are other common choices.
If you follow this advice and keep your conservatory well maintained, it’s certain to be a valuable piece of the home selling puzzle. You might even find that you like the conservatory so much that you want to keep the house.
Have you had any experience of selling a home with a conservatory or would you specifically looking for a conservatory when looking around homes for sale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.