When carrying out loft conversions in Nottingham and elsewhere, you don’t expect to spend absolutely no money at all – but you also don’t want your costs to spiral out of control. Coming up with a budget and sticking to it is certainly advisable, but you should also try to see where you can cut the costs if you can.

Any big structural changes to the roof will mean that you’re going to be adding to the overall cost of the project. Before you get the builders in, head up to the attic and have a look to see if there’s enough standing room in the space to make it properly habitable. If it would be very cramped and uncomfortable, you may not have any choice but to raise the height of the roof.

Also think about what the space is going to be used for as this may well inform a few decisions you have to make.

If you have the time, you can also help to keep costs down if you decide to manage the project yourself. You’ll be able to keep a close eye on proceedings, but it’s vital that you’re very clear about what is going to be done and when. Make sure you keep all tradesmen properly in the loop and make yourself as available as you can to make big decisions when you’re asked to.

And, perhaps most importantly, once you’ve chosen your tradesmen and know what you’re going to do with the loft, make sure you get everything included in your quotes in writing so you won’t get stung when the final bill comes through.