How to Decide if an Attic Conversion is Right for Your HomeThe biggest obstacle to an attic conversion isn’t necessarily the space or the time and effort. It really has to do more with its resale prowess. Generally an attic conversion fetches a decent return on investment or ROI of 61 percent. But, it’s personal satisfaction rate is sky high. In other words, it’s not about the actual return on investment but the personal use and satisfaction the homeowner gets out of it.
No one ever said getting rid of clutter is easy. It takes time, effort, and sometimes an emotional toll. Sentimental clutter often can be the most difficult to part with during the organizing process. The attic, basement, and garage can be major clutter traps in anyone’s home. It takes quite a bit of effort to trim down what has accumulated in those areas over the years. One also must make a conscious effort to keep them uncluttered after an initial cleaning has taken place. —Unclutterer.comBut, when is an attic conversion smart and when it is a bad idea? Simply put, if you’re staying in the house for about five years or more, it’s probably a decent investment. Moreover, if you do transform it into climate controlled, usable and functional space, it serves as a selling feature. At the very least, it will serve as a great space for a myriad of uses. It could act as a bedroom, office, entertainment space, or play area.
Top Attic Cleanout Tips You can Use before ChristmasEven if you don’t plan to convert your attic, you still need the extra space. That means getting the most out of your efforts so it isn’t a waste of time. Here are the top attic cleanout tips you can use before Christmas arrives:
- Clear a pathway. The first step is to make a walkway so you aren’t in danger or tripping (or at least minimizing the risk). So, be sure to clear a defined pathway and this will make the job a bit less stressful. The pathway should extend from the attic to the nearest outside exit.
- Go through everything. Now, the real work starts with going through everything in the attic. No matter what’s stored in the space, you need to go through it all. This way, you’ll know precisely what’s there.
- Empty out the whole attic. Clear out the attic entirely. This way, you’ll be able to rearrange things more easily and feel free to reorganize it in another way. Plus, it will make you think twice about what you put back in the attic.
- Organize what you’re storing. Group like items together and label every box. Place items most retrieved near the entrance and items retrieved less often further away from the entrance.