Key factors for pricing a lean to.
There are some obvious key factors in terms of cost, but some you may not have considered:
Whilst not an exhaustive list, this should give you enough points to consider. We, as do consumer advice organisations such as “Which”, advise that people have several written quotations from a number of companies then compare what’s offered before parting with any hard earned money.
Of the range of budget conservatory designs in the market, the one that is most suited to use in a confined space is the Lean-to Style. A minimalist design, with no faceted faces or curving edges, simply a “3-sided” rectangular room (works well with single story homes, such as bungalows).
Even if you compare the cost of a larger lean to conservatory with that of a different design style, such as a Victorian Conservatory, Gable or Orangery, you could also consider it cheap – in terms of the amount of living space you get for your money.
The price you pay for a new room will no doubt vary considerably depending on your requirements, but if you want something very, very simple, a DIY kit could be purchased for under £1000 – but you will need the skill to put it together!
These are items we feel are very influential on costing for fully fitted conservatories.
- Ground preparation – you could be lucky, but some prep work is labour intensive.
- Foundations – what type (raft / trench) & how much work is needed.
- Use of brickwork or other construction (removing or building walls).
- Frame material – UPVC, Hardwood, Aluminium, Engineered wood.
- Glazing – double, triple, toughened, laminated – energy efficient low-e.
- Doors – between the room & house or into the garden – French, bifold, tilt or slide.
- Roof – ornate (Victorian) Simple (lean-to), tiled or glazed (polycarbonate options).
- External Finishing – landscaping around the room after construction is complete (do you want a patio or decking?).
- Internal Finishing – blinds, curtains, furniture, heating, lighting etc.
The final price you end up paying could also be majorly influenced by your ability (or lack of it) to negotiate with the proposed contractors. In our experience there is always room for manoeuvre here.
In any event, you should set yourself a budget that you will not exceed – don’t get carried away!
In line with being able to negotiate, this will require you to have ammunition in the form of written quotes from a number of installers. If you find the design you like, but it is higher than the cheapest quote that you have in hand, you can offer the contract to the installer of your choice, but “lean” on them to match the lowest price in order to secure the work for themselves.
You might also consider buying a conservatory in the “off season” – summer is a busy time, so it would stand to reason that work levels reduce in the winter and that may make the installer “hungry” and therefore more amenable to cutting a more competitive deal.
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