For some people buying a new home is not necessarily about what currently exists at the property as much as it is about the potential to add their own stamp to it and craft something new. Many will spend time examining loft spaces, with a view to a potential conversion, before making a decision about the property so it helps to have an idea about what to look for if you have this sort of work in mind.
The first thing to consider is the space provided by the loft. Is there enough for what you have planned? Will there be enough head room to implement what you have planned and will the room be comfortable for those using it? Ideally a buyer should have an idea of what they want to do with a loft before they look at any homes, but even those who don’t would be well-served to favor spacious lofts just for the potential they have.
The flooring in the loft space is also extremely important. As lofts are primarily used for storing goods the floor will often be stable enough to hold boxes and the like, but may struggle if required to support people and very heavy objects. If you do wish to convert the loft make sure you get the floor reinforced to give you a solid footing.
Finally, does the loft have insulation? It’s something that many people tend to overlook but it is extremely important regardless of what you end up doing with the space. Because heat rises much of it will be lost through the loft space, costing the owner money in heating bills. Insulation helps to slow this process down and maintain the temperature in the home. If you are not intending to use the loft space get the floor insulated. If you are then insulate the roof instead to ensure heat is maintained in the loft as well, rather than prevented from reaching it altogether.
If you are buying a new home be sure to keep these tips in mind, even if you don’t have definite plan for the loft. After all, one day you may get the spark to try something new and end up finding out that the loft you have isn’t suitable for what you have in mind.