Planning a home extension is a huge project. Here are some things to keep in mind.
If your home is in the perfect location and you like most things about it but it’s no longer big enough for your family, you’re probably tempted to build a home extension.
But is that a suitable project for your home? In order to answer that question and make the big decision, you need to know what you’re getting into and what you’re likely to face once it all begins. Read on to learn more about the process itself and what you need to think about when planning a home extension.
Your Neighbours Could Block Your Plans
The people around you have the power to veto the construction work. If they think the new extension will negatively impact them, they can make a point of it. Things like the ‘right to light’ do exist. If you block light that would otherwise reach your neighbours by building in front of it, you’ll be running the risk of having the whole project torpedoed.
It would be respectful to ask them beforehand if you’re on good terms. Or at least tell them of your plans so it doesn’t come as a shock. Many neighbourly feuds come from doing things that involves them without permission. Talk over your plans, don’t just build a large extension right up to their garden fence. Be polite, and they’ll more than likely be fine with your home extension.
Costs Will Probably Become Higher Than You Anticipate
As you should already be aware, this isn’t going to be cheap for you. You need to be prepared for the costs that you’re likely to incur. Even then, you’re probably not going to calculate the costs with 100% accuracy. There might be some hidden fault that needs to be fixed, e.g. dodgy foundations.
In truth, most building projects go over budget, so whatever you expect the work to cost, add some more money on top of that. Easier said than done, I know. But it’s always worthwhile having a backup plan.
Don’t Forget the Insurance
Site insurance is a vital aspect of this project. If you don’t have it, you’ll be putting yourself at risk. Things can always go wrong, and when you’re undertaking constructions projects like this, they often do.
If you forget to take out site insurance and something does go wrong, you’ll be left with the financial burden as you attempt to pick up the pieces and get things back on track.
Get it All Assessed at the End
Even when the work’s done, the work still isn’t really over. That might sound like a contradiction, but you have to make sure that it’s all safe and ready to use. If it isn’t, further work might be necessary. Companies like Allcott Associates Chartered Surveyors can help you with the survey. This will ensure the structure is secure and meets the relevant building regulations.
Be Sure the Benefits Outweigh the Hassle
Just be sure that the extension you end up with is going to be significant enough to justify all the things you need to go through. There certainly is a lot of work and expense involved in creating what is essentially a very small structure on the side or back of your existing home.
As long as you feel that the benefits outweigh any of the hassle involved, you should be ready to get started.
It might also be worth thinking about the selling costs. I know that with our house, building an extension would be a waste of money. The house will only ever be worth so much because of its location. Even if we added 3 bedrooms, a triple garage and a hot tub in the garden, we still wouldn’t get more than about £185k. Think about whether you extension plans will actually make you money in the future.
The final decision as to whether or not you should push ahead with these plans is up to you. However, don’t expect an easy or smooth ride because that’s never how it goes when you’re planning a home extension.
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