As we head into spring, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting that conservatory or orangery you have always dreamt about.
But there can be a lot of potential pitfalls that could end up being costly. We’ve spoken to hundreds of conservatory owners and experts to find out what the most common issues are, and how to avoid them.
To help you get the right conservatory for you, and make sure you don’t pay over the odds, we’ve put together five top buying tips.
Top five conservatory buying tips
1. Be aware that the initial quote may not be the final amount you pay. More than 10% of the conservatory owners we surveyed said that other costs were added later, so make sure you budget for extras on top of your quote.
Find out more about the average cost of a conservatory, what elements can make it more expensive and how to keep the price down with our guide to conservatory prices.
2. Think carefully about what type of conservatory you want, the materials used and the interior. 44% of people we surveyed admitted they would do something differently if they were choosing their conservatory again, so getting it right first time could save you money in making changes.
Our guide to the common conservatory pitfalls will give you insights from conservatory owners and experts to help you side-step frustrating issues and get the most for your money.
3. Owners told us that having a conservatory that was too cold or too hot was a common issue. A lot of factors can contribute to the temperature of your room – the glass you use; the amount of it compared to brickwork; which direction the conservatory faces and the type of heating are just some of the things to consider.
4. 84% of people we surveyed believe getting a conservatory will add value to their home. If this is important to you, then it’s worth asking three estate agents to come to your home before you start the work. It may be that other additions, such as another bedroom or full extension, would be better.
5. When we surveyed conservatory owners, we found that satisfaction with conservatory companies varied considerably, so pick one carefully. Make sure you speak to friends and family and look at online reviews.
You can see what conservatory owners think of local versus national conservatory companies in our guide to choosing a conservatory company.
In June and July 2015 we surveyed 893 Which? members about their experiences of buying a conservatory in the past five years and experiences with cost in the past two years.