Quality Inspections and Home Improvements

We provide house and property inspections and home improvements, building and architect services  in Knoxville, Sevierville, Newport, Dandridge, Kodak, Jefferson City, Newport, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Morristown, Talbott, White Pine and surrounding areas.

We also provide consultancy and advise on property for investment, houses and homes to rent and all matters relating to home improvements and house repairs.

What are the benefits of installing a modern composite door in your home?

Update your old door with a modern composite door

The design of composite doors has come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1980s. Long gone are the days of doors which are supposed to be white but have now discoloured, warped and cracked. Although the latest composite doors have become incredibly popular with discerning homeowners, they are often more expensive in comparison to timber.

Add curb appeal and improve your homes security with a composite door

So if you’re considering installing a composite front door in your home, here are just some of the benefits they offer:

  • Composite doors are made from a selection of materials such as a solid timber core, metal and plastic which is reinforced with glass, for example. The materials used are fused together, resulting in one of the strongest door materials currently available.
  • With increased strength comes improved security and if you’re looking for a way to protect your home and family, installing a composite door is pretty hard to beat. Security features vary from brand to brand so if security is particularly important to you, it’s advisable to choose a leading manufacturer such as Rockdoor, Endurance or Solid Core.
  • Modern composite doors are fitted with robust locking systems, many of which come with a guarantee. It’s also worth looking out for doors which meet the standards set by the UK Police’s Secured by Design Scheme for additional reassurance.
  • Some composite door manufacturers such as Endurance offer the option to upgrade your door’s locking system to the Federal UCF Locking Cylinder from Bristant. This incredible locking system is intuitive which means that the hidden mechanism knows when it is being attached and will engage to prevent burglars from entering.
  • If you love the look of timber but can’t face years of varnishing or painting then a modern composite door such as Solid Core by Bevelpane could offer the ideal solution. Offering all the good looks of timber without the drawbacks or maintenance, Solid Core doors won’t crack, warp or split, whilst if you choose a coloured finish, this is guaranteed colourfast for the life of the door.
  • Last and by no means least comes energy efficiency. Good quality, branded composite doors are made to measure to ensure a perfect fit and because they are fully insulated and have energy efficient glass, your home will feel warm, cosy and free from draughts.

Choose a registered composite door installer

Installing a composite door is not only a great way to enhance the look of your home, it will also ensure your home is secure and feels warmer too.

To get the best from your new composite door it is best to have it fitted by a qualified, experienced and registered door installer. CERTASS is a competency scheme which regulates the double glazing industry, including the installation of composite doors. So, if you’d like to replace your existing door, the most reliable option is to choose a company whose installation services have been registered by CERTASS, such as Leeds-based G Parker, The Door Installer.

How a Loft Conversion can add value to your house

Sometimes the cost of a loft conversion can seem like a deterrent if you’re weighing up whether one would make a sound investment. Whilst it might seem appealing to transform your house, and provide a whole new room (or sometimes even more) whatever the size of the project, the large cost association might seem to eclipse any potential return as far as an increase in the value of your property is concerned. Typically however, an increase in value of around 20% can be expected to be added to the value of a house which has undergone such work.

 

The short answer then, is that if your conversion will cost less than 20% the estimated value of your house then it could well represent good value for money and a sound investment. Factor in other considerations. These might include any temporary accommodation which might need to be arranged during work along with any days you might need to take away from work, potential for work to overrun and any additional costs to decorate the space and add further furniture to really sell the space. You also might want to add to this list potential legal costs for planning permission. These, if required, will also need to count in the costs column when totting up your overall balance for the project. Get it right however, and you could find yourself with a transformed living space as well as a greater expectation of an asking price when it comes to selling. This is a useful blog to highlight some of the other practical considerations which might not immediately cross your mind in the excitement of planning out your new space.

 

As well as offering an appealing space, often with lots of natural light and good views which are prime determiners in selling houses, the conversion also extends the size of family or group which can live within a property. You’re essentially extending the potential market/audience for your product (the house). In these terms, you’ll have a higher price with more potential bidders and greater demand. The larger the pool of buyers for whom your house is suitable the higher the price you can expect for it. It’s simple economics.

 

The exact value of a loft conversion is a varied figure to try to calculate without the specifics of the space. Different properties will have different levels of potential, as dictated by the owners eye for design, the outlook of the property, the capacity of the house from a structural perspective (which is something which will need to be surveyed before design work begins) along with the shape of the space will all play a part in just how profitable and successful a conversion you can create. A spacious room with a good view and a feature window such as this conversion in Balham offers plenty of selling points above and beyond the additional living space/bedroom potential.

 

Be sure to do your research before hand, add up the less obvious costs as highlighted above, and use the 20% figure as a guide to calculate whether there really is profitability for your conversion plans. Failing that, a loft conversion can be a great way to add personal value to your home, and needn’t even be seen as an investment. Once you’re settled in a house and you know that you and your family will get the benefit from the addition, then the potential financial return of the work as an investment doesn’t take on the same importance.

 

If you’re looking at getting some work done to convert your loft, why not comment with your considerations, and let us know if there are any factors which you encounter which we haven’t covered above.