How to Successfully Plan for a House Extension

Feb 22, 2021 2:45 PM ET

iCrowdNewswire   Feb 22, 2021  9:45 AM ET

A house extension is a big project that offers you a lot of bang for your buck. You get so much more than just extra floor space. You can add a new bedroom or bathroom or expand your living space to better suit and care for your entire family. It will always be cheaper to add on to your existing property at the end of the day than it will be to buy a larger home. Make these changes for yourself, and you can see a huge increase in value years later when and if you finally decide to sell your property later on.

1.   Know Your Options

It can be hard to make the right decisions for your home when you don’t know the options. If you are lucky and you have the right to change your property without permission completely, then you can do whatever you want with enough money. If you live in a city, especially in an older property, then things become difficult. That is why you need to find a contractor that knows your area and get the permission you need. In London, for example, this would be Touchstone Lofts has a very high success rate with getting the planning permissions necessary and knows how to deal with all the complexities of loft conversions in London homes. Find your city’s equivalent because you will need their expertise as much as their contracting capabilities.

2.   Make it Work with Your Budget

Any house extension has to be affordable to you because if it isn’t, then it is simply not an option. You need to be able to work in the ongoing costs of your conversion easily, and though you can get a loan for this purpose, it is important to work out your own finances to put as large a down deposit as you can. This way, you have more control over your repayment options.

3.   Be Open to New Ideas

You might think the best way to get what you want is through a full extension, but if you can get what you want by simply reworking the floor plan, you may find this to be far more budget friendly. Workshop your ideas and needs with your contractor so that they can offer you’re their expertise and help you develop your home into what you need.

4.   Make Living Plans

Things like a loft conversion or an extension don’t always need for you to leave your home for work to be done. A good company should be conscientious enough to make the upgrades to your home without putting you out on the street, but there are times this isn’t always possible. If you are expanding your home to make room for a larger kitchen, you may need to have a secondary set-up to continue to feet yourself and your family (for example, in the living room).

5.   Stay Up to Date

It’s always best to stay up to date with the progress and have someone explain what is going on. If some wire has been crossed or miscommunicated, this is the best way to catch on before the work is done.