Have you decided to improve your property instead of moving? The common problem most homeowners face after deciding to embark on a home extension project is not knowing where to start. In this article we’ll walk you through everything you need to consider and put in place before commencement of your home extension project.
• Is the extension worth it?
Before breaking the bank, you must be sure that the project will add good value to your home. In terms of “value”, this is not only limited to the financial gain after disposal of the property, but also several other juicy benefits to be derived from extending your home like an extra living space for the household to spread out and more.
• Do you need a planning permission?
Check with your local authority to determine whether or not you’ll require to submit an application. You can also consult a building expert like an architect for advice.
• What are the building regulation?
Even though planning permission can be dodged, you can not avoid building regulations. These regulations are the set national minimum standards for construction and design which you must comply with to ensure the safety of the individuals in and around it.
• Who will design the extension?
You have to decided whether you’ll hire a professional architect to design the extension or not.
• Who will manage the building work?
If your home extension project is designed and built by a professional company, they’ll be responsible for the management. However, if you decide to use an architect or designed it yourself, you’ll have to hire a main contractor to manage the build.
• How to set the budget?
There are so many factors that can affect the cost of an extension, so it’s better to get the costs from your builder before proceeding.
• Do I need yo inform my home insurance firm?
Absolutely! This is very important as the new extension may affect the rebuilding cost of your property which could have an impact on the policy premium.
• Do I need to inform my neighbours?
It’s very important to discuss your plan with your neighbours before applying for a planning permission and communicate about the concerns they might have.