A home renovation is an exciting project to undertake at your property. If you’re looking into the possibilities of building an extension on your home, you can truly maximise the potential of your land.
Deciding you want a home extension is just one of the first steps. Firstly, you have to consider what type of extension you’d like and how you’d like it to look. You can always get inspired here.
WCH Property has put together a home extension checklist designed to help organise the planning process of your home renovation.
Step One: What do you need to budget for?
Consider what you can afford, and don’t forget to build in the cost of fixtures and fittings which are easily overlooked.
Make sure you get like-for-like quotes from builders and that all aspects of the build and finishing are covered.
It’s always sensible to allow a contingency for any changes of plan as the build progresses.
Step Two: How will you finance the extension?
If you don’t have the capital to pay for your build upfront, consider the finance options carefully. You may get a lower interest rate on an extension to your existing mortgage.
Bear in mind that by spreading out the repayments over a longer period you may pay more overall than you would if you took out a personal loan.
The key thing is to shop around and make use of price comparison sites or an Independent Financial Advisor to get the best deal available.
Step Three: Do you need planning permission?
Some home extensions will require planning permission, and this means drawing up detailed plans via an architect or your builder.
It’s important to consider the local area and attitudes to planning matters when preparing your planning application.
The look of the extension, precedents at other properties, the impact on the environment, neighbours and the community are all factors that may be taken into account by planning authorities, so work with your builder or architect to make sure you have a robust application.
Step Four: What about building regulations?
All new building projects need to comply with building regulations – these determine the legal requirements for the safety of newly built structures.
A good builder will be fully conversant with these and will be able to arrange the necessary approvals.
Step Five: Do you need to inform the neighbours?
If you share a wall or boundary with a neighbouring property you may need to inform your neighbours and gain their written consent before starting work.
It’s best to be sensitive to the impact of your project on your neighbours and keep them informed and consulted on your proposed changes from an early stage.
Step Six: How do you choose a builder?
Making sure your builder is accredited and insured is vital. It’s also a good idea to see examples of the company’s previous work and to ask them for any client testimonials or recommendations to back up their credentials.
A good builder, confident in their work, will always be happy to provide you with the reassurance you need.
Step Seven: Will you work with a single contractor or organise separate tradesmen for each job?
Extending your home can be a stressful undertaking if you are managing the process yourself and trying to coordinate multiple tradesmen with conflicting needs and schedules.
Working with a specialist company can remove this stress as they are likely to cover all the trades – building, decorating, carpentry, plumbing, electrics etc.