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Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2017

How to Prepare For A Housing Extension

There is always a time when a homeowner feels like they need more space around the home, this could be for any number of reasons from a new baby coming along to making a decision to install an office at home. Whatever the reason for your desire to have a bigger house, you have two decisions to make, the first is that you could opt to buy a bigger house and the second is to extend your existing home.

With a volatile housing market and more creative ways of making a house extension available, more and more people are taking the opportunity to use the space that they have around their home to make more room and create a bigger house. If you want to plan a house extension then you will need to plan well and here are some top tips for doing so.

Using a Construction Company

You could organize much of the extension yourself should you so wish, you can deal individually with the architect, the construction firm and all of the other invested people. The problem with this is that it is going to eat up an incredible amount of your time and you are likely to pay more money if you do things this way. The far better idea is to hire a full service construction company like my buddy Jonathan Bunge has. These companies specialize in house extensions and will be able to act as the center-point between all parties.

photo Alina Ku-Ku via Shutterstock

Affordability

Don’t assume that the costs of the extension which you have been given to you are going to be exact, very often these kinds of projects will run over budget and it is important that you have some safety money to back things up should anything go wrong.

Neighbors

Before you start a project like this it will be important that you go and visit all of your neighbors to let them know what will be happening. During the housing extension there is likely to be lots of dust, debris and rubble in the streets, heavy goods vehicle arriving and generally a lot of noise and disturbance. this can be a difficult time for your neighbors and a simple visit from you to describe to them what will be happening and when will give them less reasons to get frustrated with the project.

Moving Out

You should genuinely consider moving out for the duration of the project, this will allow the builders to work faster and it will prevent you from having to live in chaos. Living in a construction site poses many danger risks and there will also be times when the electric and the water will need to be cut off which can cause you all kinds of problems. If you are able to do so, then moving out of your home whilst the workmen complete your extension will be the best idea and it will also have a far greater impact when you return.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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