Eventually, the majority of people find themselves thinking of living in a larger house, especially if their family is getting bigger. In such a case, there are two main options. One is to buy or rent a larger house, while the other one is simply to extend your current house. Our experienced team of real estate experts at Ready Property has prepared for you a brief overview of an extension process. For more details, visit our website
Moving to a new house has certain disadvantages. Of course, you will have to get accustomed to a new area and neighbours, while your children will have to deal with the stress of changing schools. In addition, there is no need for you to change your job due to moving, which may considerably increase the commuting time. Considering this, house extension seems more appropriate.
What influences the house extension cost?
· Soil type
· Number of storeys
· Purpose of extension
· Location of a house
· Quality of materials
These are the main factors that influence the cost of the extension. In London, house extension would cost around £1,500 – 2,000 for a square meter. However, prices can vary depending on numerous factors. Therefore, it is always better to clarify all the details first.
Keep in mind that for extending your house you need a planning consent from local authorities. Without informing them, you will break the law and get in trouble. However, not all extensions require a consent from authorities. Without a permission, you can extend a detached house by eight meters at the backyard, given it is a single-storey building, or three meters if it is a double-storey building. There are many similar exceptions, so it is better to consult a specialist on this matter.
Where to start?
The first thing to do is to create a design of the desired extension. Some people do it themselves but professionals usually have more experience. Sometimes, they can offer you a solution you would not even think of. However, a designer or an architect you want to hire should have proper skills and experience. Insurance is also a must.
Finding a builder
The best case is when your friends or colleagues can recommend you a builder. If that is not your case, try talking to previous clients of the builder you want to hire. A professional builder provides insurance, warranty, and a detailed quote before the work begins.
Where to live when the work starts?
This is a good question, and you should think of it in advance since extension works may take some time. In fact, an extension process may last several months or even more. If not the entire house is involved in the process, you could simply seal off the working space. However, if tradesmen need to access the entire house, you will probably have to rent a place. It is up to you which option is more appropriate. The last option is even better since you will be able to supervise the extension process.