Alerting the neighbours about loft conversions

If you intend on having the builders round to complete a loft conversion in a busy Oxford residential street, it’s wise and courteous to notify your neighbours of your plans. The work can be loud and occasionally disruptive. One of the main reasons to have the neighbours on your side is so you can amicably arrange to create access on the road for a skip the builders can use. Another is because you might need a party wall agreement.

What is a party wall agreement?

If you live in a terraced or semi-detached property, you may need a party wall agreement with your next-door neighbours if you want to convert your loft space. The first step is to provide your neighbours with a party wall notice of your plans, which is more likely to result in swift agreement if you’ve already spoken to them. A resolution process will commence if they decline approval for the intended works creating a party wall dispute. This can result in the Party Wall Surveyors making changes to the original plans, costing both time and money that can be avoided by talking to your neighbours first.

How long does the work take?

Depending on the complexity and the great British weather, loft conversions can take between six and ten weeks to complete. Although you can live perfectly well in the house while the work goes on, there will be some disruption, noise and dust to contend with for you and your neighbours, so it’s wise to be on good terms. If you live in Oxford and have enquiries about our loft conversion services, complete our online contact form, or call our team.