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6 Things to Know before you Start a House Extension

If you’re thinking of extending your home, then there is a lot to consider for the project to be successful. A lot of the factors are overlooked, from design ideas, logistics, costs and legalities. Here is a list of things you need to plan before your start your project to be able to complete it with confidence.

Consider Rebuilding

To make economic sense for a house extension you need to make sure that the value is greater than the cost of the project. To use as a guide, find similar local properties and see how much they have sold for. If you feel like you would benefit from knocking down the whole house and rebuilding it the way you want to, do this or just sell the property and move to another house that is more fit to you.

Careful Planning

A lot of people have start to extend above a single-story extension or a garage, however if you are looking to do this you need to make sure your structure will be able to support the load.

Building Regulations

Even if you don’t need planning permission for your house extension, you will need to get building regulation approval. The building regulations set out minimum requirements for structural integrity, energy efficient, damp proofing, fire safety and many other key aspects to make sure a building is safe. A lot of repair work is excluded from the building regulations, other than replacement windows, underpinning and rewiring, but new buildings like sheds, outbuildings and conservatories will need to comply.

Conservation Areas

If you like in a conservation area, then some permitted development rights will be restricted. Local authority will have its own policy for each certain area, but normally the basis of this policy is to prevent the loss of character of the area.

Slowing Down Progress

If you live on site, then you could be slowing down the progress of your house extension as the builders will have to work around your life. If you aren’t prepared to live with the disruption, then you will need to consider looking for temporary accommodation.

Site Insurance

When looking at house extensions you need to have site insurance with an insurance to cover existing structure and the new works until you complete the project. Check with your builder that they have insurance and check their documents as a lot of them will have liability cover which will require you to prove fault in the event of a claim, this could mean a length legal battle.

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