Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Takshaka
    • By Takshaka 12th Jul 17, 7:56 PM
    • 3Posts
    • 0Thanks
    Takshaka
    Loft boarding
    • #1
    • 12th Jul 17, 7:56 PM
    Loft boarding 12th Jul 17 at 7:56 PM
    I want the loft in the house I just bought to be boarded for storage, the current hatch is too small for access and is located in a bathroom so ideally a new hatch would be located on the landing. This is a 2 bed terraced house in the S.Wales valleys, the area of the loft is about 26 sq metres.
    I am struggling to find anyone to do the work at a reasonable price - so far the estimates range from £1500 - £4000, I was expecting around £750 - £1000.

    Am I being unrealistic with my target price? If not, where should I be looking to find someone competent who will do the work at a reasonable price?
    I am only wanting to be able to use the area for storage, it's not a large area and at the prices I have been quoting so far it's really not going to be cost effective.
Page 1
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 12th Jul 17, 8:01 PM
    • 731 Posts
    • 557 Thanks
    AndyMc.....
    • #2
    • 12th Jul 17, 8:01 PM
    • #2
    • 12th Jul 17, 8:01 PM
    There maybe be a reason why it's expensive at this time of year. It's hot, it's dirty and it's in a confined area. I did mine in winter wearing shorts and a t shirt, when I took rubbish outside you could see the steam coming off me.

    I can't see it being high on anyone's want to do list unless they have no work on.
    • Takshaka
    • By Takshaka 12th Jul 17, 8:21 PM
    • 3 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    Takshaka
    • #3
    • 12th Jul 17, 8:21 PM
    • #3
    • 12th Jul 17, 8:21 PM
    Now that is an angle I hadn't considered!
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 13th Jul 17, 8:34 AM
    • 6,042 Posts
    • 4,803 Thanks
    Norman Castle
    • #4
    • 13th Jul 17, 8:34 AM
    • #4
    • 13th Jul 17, 8:34 AM
    I've widened and fitted a few hatches and boarded lofts. Unless there's specific problems with your loft £4000 is extortion.
    Some companies specialise in fitting loft ladders.


    http://loftspacesolutionsltd.co.uk/pricing/
    Last edited by Norman Castle; 13-07-2017 at 8:51 AM.
    Don't harass a hippie. You'll get bad karma.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 13th Jul 17, 9:04 AM
    • 183 Posts
    • 177 Thanks
    JuzaMum
    • #5
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:04 AM
    • #5
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:04 AM
    I had my loft insulation topped up and the loft boarded a few years ago. The joists needed raising to fit in the extra insulation. The chap who did the work provided the boards and wood to raise the joists and I provided the insulation. This cost £800 for an area about 5m x 8m. We already had the hatch and ladder so I have no idea what that would cost. I am in Bournemouth.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
    • 59,605 Posts
    • 348,150 Thanks
    PasturesNew
    • #6
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
    • #6
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
    I've always been somebody that thinks nothing should go in a loft as it's inaccessible and if outside space isn't an issue it's cheaper/better to have something in the garden for all that stuff. e.g. a secure/lined small container or well insulated shed, both of which can have a solid lock.

    Foot by foot cheaper and more accessible.
    • casper_g
    • By casper_g 13th Jul 17, 9:41 AM
    • 1,044 Posts
    • 898 Thanks
    casper_g
    • #7
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:41 AM
    • #7
    • 13th Jul 17, 9:41 AM
    I've always been somebody that thinks nothing should go in a loft as it's inaccessible and if outside space isn't an issue it's cheaper/better to have something in the garden for all that stuff. e.g. a secure/lined small container or well insulated shed, both of which can have a solid lock.

    Foot by foot cheaper and more accessible.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I use my loft to store light-weight items, things like Christmas decorations and cardboard moving boxes (you never know when they'll come in useful!) and the floor area is large enough to keep them all in a single layer with plenty of access space between. It might be easier to reach the door of a shed than the loft hatch, but unless the shed is very large indeed I'd have to move most of the boxes to get to the one I need. I think the stored boxes are actually easier to access in the loft, even when I have a decent-sized garden with room for a shed.

    As to cheaper, if you know where I can get a large, solid, lined/insulated storage shed, including constructing a solid base for less than the £250 it cost me to have the loft boarded out for storage then I'll be very grateful for the tip-off.

    The final issue is, of course, that a 2-bed terraced house is highly unlikely to have the size of garden where a large storage shed would fit without sacrificing pretty much the entire outside space. I suppose you can always have a barbecue in the loft, and let the kids play up there instead....
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 13th Jul 17, 12:48 PM
    • 6,042 Posts
    • 4,803 Thanks
    Norman Castle
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 17, 12:48 PM
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 17, 12:48 PM
    I've always been somebody that thinks nothing should go in a loft as it's inaccessible and if outside space isn't an issue it's cheaper/better to have something in the garden for all that stuff. e.g. a secure/lined small container or well insulated shed, both of which can have a solid lock.

    Foot by foot cheaper and more accessible.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I bought a drop down wooden ladder and hatch for £50 and fitted it myself. The loft is being boarded in stages based on skip diving finds. The floor area is about 18 foot square.
    With a proper hatch and ladder access is easy. The hatch is in my kitchen and I often get something out of the loft while watching the news and cooking.

    If the space is there why not use it? In an ideal world a usable loft and shed is the ideal solution (for storing tat that should go to the tip ).
    Don't harass a hippie. You'll get bad karma.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

306Posts Today

2,686Users online

Martin's Twitter