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Conservatories and orangeries

Conservatories: common pitfalls

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Discover what conservatory owners wish they had done differently, plus we reveal the common and costly mistakes you can avoid.

Buying a conservatory is a big investment of time and money, so you need to get it right. Keep reading to find out how you can avoid making any mistakes that you'll later regret.

Having spoken to hundreds of conservatory owners, we know how annoying it is if you make the wrong decision. From finding a new conservatory is so hot it’s uncomfortable to sit in, to discovering that you can't put your new furniture where you want to because of a restrictive layout.

In fact, 44% of people we surveyed* admitted they would do something differently if they were choosing their conservatory again.

So that you don't fall into these common traps, we've uncovered the best tips from conservatory experts for avoiding common pitfalls. 

We've quizzed hundreds of conservatory owners and contacted conservatory firms across the UK to find out the most common problems and how to avoid them.  

You can use the findings from our research to make sure you end up with a conservatory that suits your needs and budget, without it ending up as an expensive liability.

If you're a Which? member, you can log in now to unlock this page and find out more about the common pitfalls and what you can do to make the most of your new investment. You'll also be able to access our handy downloadable conservatory checklist, which includes all the major questions you'll need to ask.

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*(In June and July 2015, we surveyed 893 Which? members about their experiences of buying a conservatory in the last five years and experiences with cost in the last two years.)