As house prices rocket, more and more families are forced to stick with their current properties and consider extending their home rather than moving. In addition to increasing your living space, a house extension can add value to your property. If you, like many other families in recent years, have decided to extend your home there are some things you first need to consider.
- Do you need planning permission?
Not all types of extension require planning permission, such as sun rooms and loft conversions. It largely depends on the general size and location; therefore it is important to check all local planning regulations and requirements before making any decisions or proceeding with the extension.
- What’s your budget?
This is one of the most vital questions you should ask yourself when considering a house extension. Before you call in an architect, it’s a great idea to have a budget in mind so that you know what you can and cannot, realistically, afford. It’s easy for costs to creep up and surprise you if you don’t follow a precise budget.
- What about your neighbours?
During the planning stages of your house extension project, your neighbours will be able to express any concerns they may have, particularly if you are making major adjustments to your property. What’s more, they may be disturbed throughout the construction period so it’s important to keep them informed of your intentions from the start.
- How long will your extension take?
Remember to be patient throughout the process and don’t be surprised if there’s any upheaval. These things don’t happen overnight and sometimes even getting planning permission can take months.
- Who will build your extension?
When considering who will build your house extension, the best way to proceed is to talk to various contractors and compare quotes. Ask your friends and family for recommendations and choose wisely. Once you have come to a decision, make sure that both you and your builder are well aware of the terms and conditions of your agreement by completing and signing a formal contract.
Remember that this is your project and you are spending your money, so remember that you are the boss. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make suggestions, and make sure that you have the final say on all decisions that are being made. With thorough planning, patience and perseverance, everything should fall into place.