How to Prepare for an Extension

15 August 2019

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Through the power of an extension, your dream home can grow with you and your family. But, it’s easier said than done! Here are a few tips on how to keep your cool whilst getting ready for an extension.

If we have space and the budget, many of us opt for a home extension. It has the potential to expand your home by adding another room or making an existing room bigger. Whatever you opt for, it’s a big job and can disrupt the family home for months as well as evoke stress and worry. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Have a Plan of Action

Besides deciding on what exactly you’re extension will consist of, the first port of call when starting your prep is setting an exact plan and budget. We know you’re probably going to be eager to start this exciting project, but time and effort are essential as you sit down and go through each aspect of your future extension to determine its needs and most importantly – its costs. It may help to start your own little information pack, which could be online or in paper form, in order to keep everything you have organised, in one accessible place. Settling a budget allows some structure (if you pardon the pun) to your planning, and alleviates the potential stress of spending too much or spending too little.

Permission and Permits

This could be the most imperative step in extension preparation. No extension can be constructed without approved permission from the council, and the conditions of these permits can differ depending on your property. To be considered, you need to get in contact with your local council and apply for permission. Being approved can take some time, and can differ between different cities and areas. Either way, it’s good to do your homework and figure out the legal requirements before you pick up hammer and nails. Certain aspects, such as your property being listed or issues with the surrounding areas can affect your application, so it’s definitely something to look into before you start doing any of the physical work.

Check with the Neighbours

Going ahead with an extension not only affects your home life but the lives of those around you. It is always good to give your neighbours a polite notice about any future work that may be taking place. Extensions can prove to be very intrusive due to machinery, scaffolding and excessive noise, so to avoid any problems or nasty looks from over the fence, have a quiet word with your neighbours either side of your property just to warn them about any work that will be happening, and to see if there is anything you can do to relieve the situation.

Do your Research

Sounds boring, especially as you may be itching to get started, but it’s important to do your research when choosing a construction company to help achieve your dream extension. Finding the right builder is like finding the right insurance or the right energy tariff- you don’t go with your first choice without testing the waters. Take to Google and research your local construction companies. Thanks to everything being online these days, not only can we do some thorough digging on the company in question (again, no pun intended), but read reviews and experiences from previous customers. But, don’t let this be the extent of your research – be sure to talk to them face to face and ask for quotes so you’re able to compare before you make your final decision.

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