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What you should know before extending your home

Home extension projects are taking the lead among homeowners who need to increase their living spaces. There is a decline in the number of people who tend to sell their currents homes in a bid to buy bigger ones. 

The reason behind this is the rise in the cost of moving, considering that one needs to handle both the moving costs and the rising house prices. While the cost of building a house extension can be significant, it is a sure way to get the additional space you need while increasing the value of your home.

Just like in other projects where there are several factors need to be put to play for perfect results, so does the same happen when you need to extend your house. You need to consider labor costs, the cost of the supplies, the place to source your materials, and other factors that you consider relevant to a successful project. 

Failure to take into account all the factors that come to play while extending your house will cause disruptions thereby prolonging the time that the extension will take or even failing to meet the results as planned.

Hence, it is crucial that you know all the factors that determine the smooth running of your project and account for them. If you are reading this content and are not aware of what you should know before extending your home, read on as we have provided the basic ideas that you need to familiarize yourself with before undertaking your home extension.

1. Budget

As said earlier there are several factors that you need to consider such as labor costs and material costs. These two elements need to be included when making your budgeting plans as you cannot employ those that exceed your budget. 

Other than these inputs, you need to factor in the place you will live during the project. Find out how much it will cost you and how much value the extension will add to your home and see if it is worth it. At times, you might get a better option to extending your home, which is the reason you should only opt to extend if the value added by extending is worth it.

2. Get a builder

The constructor you engage will impact the results of your extension. You should note that not all builders who claim to be professionals are what they profess to be. It is therefore up to you to find qualified constructors. The best way to locate reliable and trustworthy builders is seeking recommendations from people you trust. 

The internet can also provide you with some great suggestions by checking on those with great positive reviews. Once you get a list of some possible constructors, interview each of them and get to know them better. Ask for licenses as this is the only way to confirm that the contractor you wish to involve is qualified. 

Also, get several estimates but do not necessarily go for the one who charges the least or most, as price doesn't determine the best builder. 

A dependable and reliable architect should come to your home and give you an estimate after confirming the room you want to extend. More so, only hire an architect who specializes in extensions, one whose previous works please you, and one you feel comfortable working with. Do not let the builder handle your project without having signed a detailed contract.

3. Planning permissions

In various areas, the law requires homeowners abide by the set policies when building or extending their houses. This majorly applies when increasing the overall height of the building, extending towards a road, extensions covering a significant area of your surroundings, and many others not listed in here. 

To ensure that you abide by the requirements, you need to get your architect draw the plan of your house and submit it to the relevant local authorities for approval. Put into consideration the fee that the draftsperson will charge and make sure that you remain within your budget.

4. Planning

You need to be aware of all the factors to consider as you plan for your home extension. These include the reason for extending, the design of the structure, the extension features, and the time you have set aside for the project.

  • Reason - It is crucial that you have a discussion with your builder to determine how well the extension will fulfill your plans. Let the architect know what you intend to use the extended space for, who will use it, as these need to be factored in a while extending your house.
  • Design - consider the design you want your extension to take. Do you want it to be within the existing structure or in contrast? This should give an idea of the best design to suit your plan. If you can obtain the images of the structure, you need your property to look like, the better as you will have a simpler time explaining and planning.
  • Finishes - Consider the interior finishes you want to be incorporated in your building such as flooring, cabinets, lighting fixtures, and ensure that they fit within your budget.
  • Time available - Let your builder know the timeframe set for the project, as this is the only way you can make the architect work within your timeframe.

 From adding value to your property to modernizing your home, house extensions have a lot of advantages. 

Therefore, do not underestimate the importance of extending your home and hence familiarize yourself with the above ideas and ensure that you incorporate them when extending your house.

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