If a terraced house (in an area popular with first time buyers) has a
kitchen extension with a flat roof, would the construction of a
"regular" roof usually add value to the house?
i.e. add more to the value of the property than the cost of
constructing the roof
Anyone have any opinions?
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I can't see why it would. The more likely scenario is that it would
detract from the value if the flat roof were in a poor state of
Is the kitchen extension of relatively recent construction with a
felted roof? Is it possible that the foundations and construction
are adequate for a room to built on it at first floor level?
This would need building regulations approval and probably planning
permission, but if the potential is there it could be a selling point
but probably not lead to a higher price.
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First time buyers don't really look at the roof construction I find.
They're more likely to look at a second loo or beautiful kitchen and living
room before asking about the roof. However, a surveyor will want to look
more closely at the type and construction of any extensions or other add
If you did put a different roof on top, wouldn't it effect the upstairs
You wouldn't be adding a new facility that the property needs. I doubt
an estate agent would value the house any higher, and it's not something
that's going to be on a buyers list of requirements. It might possibly
improve the chance of a sale going through if the existing roof looks
bad. But it's not something that's cheap or easy. If you're looking to
add value, I'd look elsewhere IIWY.
Around here, there's not much you can do to "add value" - the location
is everything, and there's such a huge pressure that costs just keep
on increasing despite anything.
Eg, last house. I spent around 15k improving it. Went up in value from
90k to 125k in five years. I then sold it and it was sold a year later
for 250k with nothing extra done to improve it.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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