A term relating to home improvements that has had a lot more use recently is ‘retrofitting’. But what is retrofitting? We delve into what it is, what the average project costs are, and its cost savings potential.
Definition of retrofitting?
Retrofitting is the process of upgrading or improving an existing building by improving its energy efficiency or its sustainability. It involves making strategic changes to a property’s structure, or mechanisms to bring it up to modern standards.
It covers a wide range of upgrades, from insulation improvements to the installation of solar panels.
Why retrofit your home?
Retrofitting your home with energy-efficient features is not just better for the planet but for your wallet too.
According to Rightmove, upgrading your home’s energy performance from a D rating to a C rating can increase your home’s value by 3%. If you go from an F rating to a C, you could see a whopping 15% increase!
On the other hand, a surge in energy costs has made energy-efficient homes more appealing to homebuyers. So, in times of the housing market becoming a bit more volatile. Properties with better energy ratings tend to gain more interest and hold their value better.
With more buyers looking for energy efficient homes it’s a great selling point to be able to highlight green features and better EPC ratings. Working on your energy rating now could also put you ahead of upcoming government regulations.
There are ongoing consultations about requiring all homes to have a C energy rating by 2030, while the current average is a D rating.
What are the benefits
As demand for sustainable and energy efficiency homes continues to grow, retrofitting has become a key strategy for some homeowners.
Retrofitting comes with many benefits and can lead to substantial long-term savings. From lowering your energy bills to reducing its environmental impact.
The overall cost of retrofitting can however add up. It’s important to make sure you do your research beforehand. And to see if the retrofit project you’ve got in mind is also feasible financially.
The costs of retrofitting a house
If you’re considering retrofitting your house, you might want to find out the average cost. The truth is that the cost can vary significantly depending on the size of your project, the materials you’re looking to use, the complexity and so on.
On average, a retrofit can cost as little as £500 for simple improvements like insulation. A complete house retrofit can cost anywhere between £10,000 – £50,000.
We’ve put together a more comprehensive cost overview for you. Bear in mind that these are just average ballpark figures to help as a guide:
Insulation: loft insulation costs can start at £930 for a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house, depending on the material. Based on insulating a gas-heated home that currently lacks any loft insulation. Adding 270mm of loft insulation is the estimated scenario.
Double glazing: The price for installing windows in a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house can range from about £2,500 to upwards of £6,000. This variation largely depends on how many windows you’re looking to put in and their respective sizes.
Labour: a handyman typically charges you anywhere between £45 to £60 per hour. Prices for handyperson jobs differ depending on the specific task at hand.
Try to get at least three quotes from reliable suppliers or contractors. Remember, that the cheapest quote isn’t always the best. So, consider value as well for money and always check reviews from previous customers.
Other costs of retrofitting a house
Other costs that come into play when retrofitting are things like planning permission (if applicable), scaffolding, and waste disposal. Also hiring an architect can cost you money but can be of impeccable value. Our preferred architects can also help you with obtaining planning permission.
With the increasing demand for domestic retrofitting in our homes, the government introduced VAT changes payable when installing Energy Saving Materials in residential accommodation. This means zero VAT is payable on such installation and is available until 31 March 2027.
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2023