What Do You Need to Consider When Extending a Property?

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Renovating your home is a huge undertaking, and one that comes with a number of potential problems that require consideration before you begin. The right type of extension can add a huge increase to the value of your property, but choosing incorrectly can have an adverse effect. Similarly, those seeking planning permission for commercial properties also have much to consider. Here are some aspects of extending a property that are worth considering before you begin.

It is important to set out a budget of what you want to spend on your renovation before you begin. Such a large change to your property can quickly spiral into being a huge spend, so it’s a wise move to set out a limit and be sure to stick to it. Once you know what you are willing to spend, you can look into what your options are and make informed decisions.

Be sure to do your homework before beginning your extension. If you are choosing an extension to add value to the price of your property, it is important to know the value of it as it stands before you begin. You don’t want to spend a fortune if it is going to remain at the same value or, worse still, decrease in value. Homebuyer surveys can be carried out to ascertain the value of your home before you begin. Similarly, make sure you have the correct planning permission for your extension. In particular, if you are looking to extend a listed property, you may find gaining permission a lot more difficult. Contact your local authority to find out if it is possible to gain consent to renovate your home and then you can look into what your options are.

Make sure you have looked into, and are familiar with, the Party Act agreement. The agreement allows you to build up to your neighbours land but if you are looking to build or dig the foundations that are within three metres of your neighbours home, the act does not apply. Contact a surveyor to see what your rights are before you begin.

Look into which areas of your property are going to be the easiest to improve. If you are looking at extending or renovating the first floor of your home, it will be a more in-depth and complex procedure than a ground floor extension, for obvious reasons. If you are simply extending to add value before you sell, it may be worth looking into areas of your home that won’t cause as much disruption while you’re still living under the same roof.

Finally, look for a reputable builder to carry out whichever extension you decide to have. Once you’ve found a company that will carry out the work, you can ask for a quotation so that you can check the figures against your budget and ensure that you aren’t going above your means.

Extending your home, whether it is a large or small renovation, incurs a number of decisions that require a lot of thought. But following some of these tips can help you navigate those decisions more easily, to ensure that your renovation goes as smoothly as possible.

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson works with planning commissions to ensure properties adhere to rules and regulations put in place by local authority and national government.

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