We moved into our house 5 years ago, it was a new build with no storage what so ever. Over the years we have had to shop smart and every piece of furniture we have brought has needed to have built-in storage of some sort otherwise it was no good.
The only storage space that we could potentially have in the house is the loft and that packed with high insulation which we are not supposed to flatten, David found an area up there where he could lay a couple of boards between the rafters so that we could store our Christmas decorations away but it wasn’t enough for anything else.
We went online looking for options and came across Insta-loft, David is the sensible one who likes to research things in depth so I left him to it and we found we had two companies local to us who did what we needed, so we arranged quotes with both of them and they both came up very similar in price so I turned to Facebook to check out the reviews and decided to go with Insta-Loft.
We enquired online directly through their website and received a call back the next day booking us in for the following week. Charlotte who is the surveyor for our area text me on the morning of the appointment to make sure everything was still okay to go-ahead and arrived on time. She adhered to the government guidelines for COVID and kept her distance, she was also wearing a face-covering. They bring their own telescopic ladder with them.
After she did what she needed to do, we sat down and went through everything. I didn’t understand all the terms she was using so she drew me a diagram to explain which really helped me to visualise it better. She was able to give me an instant quote and a date for installation if I wanted to go ahead. We only had to wait around two and a half weeks.
I don’t want to say how much I paid on here because every loft is different, but what I will say is that It was less than a grand and is worth every penny. We decided to take advantage of the 12-month interest-free credit, there is a 10% deposit required which comes off your total.
The credit application is done online and doesn’t take long, once we said yes Charlotte sent us the link to the finance and once that was complete, someone from the team would call me to take the deposit, which they did.
With Insta-Loft, you can decide whether or not to have a fitted light and ladder installed, we wanted both of these. A few days before the guys were due to arrive, someone from the office will call you to let you know what time the team are due to arrive and how they will stick to the COVID government guidelines and let me know that the electrician (in our case) was due to come to us the day before to fit our light.
The electrician called me on the day to give us his eta. He arrived on time, introduced himself (I forgot his name, I am so sorry) he was very polite and was in and out within an hour.
Our fitting team were two men called Ian and Keiran, Kieran texted me to let me know that they would be arriving ready to start at 8 am to which they arrived on time and again adhering to COVID guidelines, they covered the stairs and landing with dustsheets so they could walk freely up and down it and not ruin our carpet, they also covered what they could in the room they were working in to minimalise the dust. They cleaned up their mess afterwards and vacuumed before they left, it was like they were never here.
After they had finished but before they had left, they came downstairs and asked us to come and have a look to see if we were happy with their work, I knew I was before I had seen what they had done and It met every expectation, they did a fantastic job.
I was really surprised at how quick and efficient they were, they arrived at 8 am and left at 12.10 pm
All in all, the whole process from start to finish was an absolute breeze, there was nothing stressful about it from the moment we made the initial enquiry to the follow-up call to check if we were happy after the men had left.
The whole team have been great and we will be getting back in touch with them in the new year to finish the rest of it off as we want shelving on the other side and the boards extending to the other wall ( Youll see what I mean in the pics).
Going from having zero storage in this house to a whole new floor feels so amazing and I can hand on heart thoroughly recommend this company.
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