Three Things To Consider Before Building An Extension

March 25, 2020
Home Extension

When it comes to renovating your property a lot of people can be incredibly impatient and just want to get on with it. But it is crucial for you to have some sort of sense in these matters! When you are looking to undergo massive renovations, especially when it comes to something like a house extension, there are so many things that you have to consider. What are these?

Why Do You Want The Extension?

Before you bring in the residential architects and undergo massive alterations to the property you have to ask yourself why you really want this. An extension can add value to the property and create more space, but you have to ask yourself if it is worthwhile. Ultimately, it is going to cost quite a bit of money. This means that you have to really think about what you want to achieve from the property. For example, if this is not your forever home is there any point in you you building an extension and buying an ecology survey? If you build an extension and you end up moving out in a few years’ time, not only is it a considerable investment that can improve the value of your property, but will you actually recoup all of this? Because if it is just the fact that you are a bit annoyed that you do not have much space, there are so many other things that you can do to create space. You can very easily move things around or get into the habit of decluttering on a more regular basis.

Do You Have The Time?

It is a very basic question, but it is something we all need to really understand. When it comes to renovating any property it can take a significant length of time to get everything ready. When it comes to extending a property you need to factor in that it could take a while to get the survey done and design the extension, not to mention the planning process. Tendering the project can take some time as well as hiring a contractor. All in all, you could be looking at at least 5 months. And this is only if the project is straightforward. If you have the time it is ideal to crack on with it. But you have to bear in mind that it could take up a considerable amount of your life.

The Personal Components

Extending a property is financially draining, however you have also got to consider how it will affect you in terms of your day-to-day living, but also think about how it affects you and your neighbors. You could have very objective neighbors. And if your neighbors are not keen on your proposals, arguments could fly. It can take a bit of time to undergo the initial processes. And if you have neighbors that are doing their utmost to stop you extending the property they have got to put in the effort to raise the objection and go through the correct channels. And it could just be a case of you weathering the storm. They could very well back down and you have the opportunity to carry on with it! But ultimately this can be very stressful. Hold your nerve and stay calm.

These three things can throw a few spanners in the works, but as long as you know what you are in for and you still want to press on, you could get an extension to your dream home.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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