As David Beckham could tell you, Chingford is a great place to grow up, especially if you’re an outdoor type: it’s a wonderfully green area with some great open spaces, just a stone’s throw from Epping Forest, the ultimate kid’s adventure playground.
It has a comfortable community feel – more of a village than a London suburb – and yet it’s in prime commuter territory, less than 30 minutes by rail to the City from Chingford and Highams Park railway stations: a journey that’s been much improved since the London Overground service has been upgraded. There’s a TFL line direct to Liverpool Street.
To live here is to love it. The only drawback for established residents with growing families is finding the wherewithal for the next step up the property ladder. Typical property prices at the time of writing are £200,000 for a one bed property; £275,000 for a two bed; £400,000 for a three bed; and over £500,000 for a four bed.
So for a couple expecting a new addition to their family, that would mean finding an additional £75,000 to upgrade from a one to a two bed home, or an extra £125,000 to move from a two to a three bed property. Or, of course, moving out to a more remote area where property prices are cheaper, but amenities are sparser.
But then why move out when you can move up – literally – with a relatively inexpensive loft conversion? Something you can do at a fraction of the cost of relocating – and with nothing like the upheaval and heartache.
At Herts & Essex Lofts we’ve had a lot of experience of converting, extending or refurbishing properties in the Chingford area, especially Victorian terraces or between-the-wars semis, where we’ve not only added much needed living space but, with our all-round building skills, brought entire properties up to modern living standards.
To quote a typical satisfied customer, Sue of Chingford: “Herts & Essex gave us an excellent service. The quality of their work was excellent. Marc was very helpful and easy to work with. He listened to what we wanted and nothing was too much trouble for him. He also has a brilliant team working for him: I could not fault their work ethic. I would use them again and would highly recommend this building company and their service to anyone.”
So if you set on staying in Chingford but could use a new nursery or extra bedroom – or your lad’s a budding Beckham who wants to for follow in his footsteps at the local Ridgeway Rovers FC! – then contact us for a quote on a loft conversion or home extension.
With either option, you’ll not only be adding living space, but equity. North London property values have risen by about 70% over the past five years, and a loft conversion alone could add another 20% to that. Now that’s what you call a result!