Making the decision to extend your home is an exciting one, but it can also be a stressful one with lots of things to take into consideration. Before you go ahead with your plans you should take your time, do plenty of research and make sure you consider the following points…
1. Extend or move?
Sometimes extending your home just doesn’t make sense. Maybe an extension just wouldn’t suit the property. Would it add value? Would it take up too much garden space? There’s lots to consider, and although moving can be a hassle in the short term it could be the best option.
2. Find a good builder
Do your research, find a good reputable builder. Ask friends, family and neighbours who have had building work done whether they would recommend their builder. Then get lots of quotes, don’t be tempted to go with the first builder you find.
It’s also important to make sure that your builder has the correct insurance. Rigby Financial offer great options, including a contractors all risk insurance policy which can work to help protect contractors from risk or damage.
3. Style and design
Take time to think about the style of your extension and the materials that will be used. Will it fit in with the architectural style of your home? If it’s too modern and it may look out of place in your home.
4. Consider the mess
Having building work done is always going to be a messy job, so you need to be prepared for this. In some cases you might be confined to just one or two rooms in your house while the work is ongoing. Alternatively, if it’s an option for you, moving out and staying with family for a while could easier than staying in your house.
5. Respect your neighbours
Nobody wants a feud with their neighbours so be as respectful as possible when having building work done. Avoid your extension overlooking neighbouring properies and be sure to communicate your plans with them. If you keep your neighbours in the loop and let them know what you are planning and how long the work will take, they are much more likely to be understanding.
Have you ever extended your home? Or do you plan to in the future?
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