Lack of space in a home can be a real headache. There are only so many times you can step over the cat, the kids and an assortment of storage crates, on every journey to the kitchen. Eventually, you start to lose patience. But, moving to a new home is not always an option, due to cost, not being able to find a suitable property or simply being happy in the street where you live. Sometimes, it’s better to extend the home you have.
If you decide that building an extension is the best thing to do, there are some important things to consider before you start. Doing so can make the process easier, and help you to achieve the final result you are aiming for.
Getting the budget right
If you hire professionals to design and build the extension on your home, it’s going to cost a significant amount of money from both contractors and estimators building residential construction estimates. You need to be realistic about what you can afford. It’s easy to be tempted to try and do work yourself, or ask the people you hire to cut corners. This is not a good idea as the job is unlikely to be completed to a high standard, and you risk compromising your own safety, and that of others who live in your home.
Having a budget in place from the start enables you to see what size of project you can afford. Remember, it’s not a good idea to invest more than the value you will add to the property once the extension is finished. It’s also not a good idea to take out a loan with repayments that are too high. Doing this means that you simply replace the problem of not having enough space with the problem of not being able to manage financially.
Making sure you have permission
You should never start a building project without knowing that you have the required permission in place. You do not need permission for every building project, but it’s always best to check with the local authorities. It’s not worth starting to build if you have not done this.
If you do build without having permission in place, you could find yourself having to return your property to its original condition, in years to come. Obviously, you do not want to have to face the inconvenience and cost of this happening.
Knowing what lies on your land
If you are building on your land, you need to know what obstacles you could face. You also need to know about concerns such as land boundaries. The best way to discover this vital information is to hire a construction surveyor. They can provide you with information to help ensure your building project proceeds as successfully as possible.
As you can see, building an extension to your property is not a simple process, but it’s an excellent way of getting the extra space you need without having to move. It can also help add value to your property, and make it more saleable, should you ever decide to move in the future.