As time passes and circumstances change it can be hard to decide whether to extend your home or buy a new property. More and more people are weighing up the cost of up-sizing and deciding to stay put. Not surprising, when the Nationwide Building Society estimates a home extension can add up to 21% to the value of your home.
A home extension could be a garage extension, side extension, or double or single-story extension. Before beginning an extension project there are some things to consider. Here are some tips to get you started:
Depending on the size of the project you may need to apply for planning permission from the local council. A quick phone to explain what your project is going to be, and they should be able to advise you on permissions required and if you will need building regulations approval. Also, be aware that you may have to notify your neighbour under the Party Wall Act – if you fall foul of this you may have to pay compensation to your neighbour.
For home extensions needing planning permission your local council will consult with your neighbours. If you speak to them beforehand and share your designs they are more likely to understand your project and hopefully have less objections.
Choose good quality materials for a build that will last. Ask around for prices if you opt for a sustainable home extension using recycled materials. Ask for quotes from a few different reputable builders and check whether VAT is included in the price. On top of this it can be wise to add 10% of the total project quote for unexpected costs.
Ask around friends and families for recommendations on hiring a builder. Also, check they are listed as members with Federation of Master Builders or Checkatrade. Ask builders if they have details of previous clients they did projects for and contact them for feedback asking questions about the project time and budget.
You may want to request an architect for the project as they can often see your living space differently as a pair of fresh eyes. Again, ask around for recommendations from friends and check if they are listed with the Royal Institute of British Architects. Don’t forget to include their fees, usually around 15%, to the total cost of your project.
If you are thinking of a home extension and not sure where to start or whether your project can be brought to life remember: ask around for quotes, don’t under-estimate your costs and get any permissions needed.
Here at IZ Livingly Homes we are specialists in building, renovation, and refurbishment projects. Our skilled and dedicated team loves nothing more than fulfilling your ideal home dreams! Whether you’re thinking of a new extension, loft conversion, a new kitchen, new bathroom, garage conversion or any kind of renovation or refurbishment, we’re proud to offer you all the benefits of a secure, trustworthy and committed home improvements company. To find out for free the cost of your home extension use our online form.