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Things to Consider When You’re Planning to Extend Your Home

by Greg on August 1, 2017

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With the cost of moving home getting pricier, many homeowners choose to stay put and free up some space by extending their property. Whether you are expecting to have a new member of the family or you just need more space for your stuff or other recreational activities, a home extension will be very useful and economical.

Renovation is another thing. It is different from extending your home as it may be more difficult and stressful than the former. But home extension is also a very serious project as you can also face major or trivial problems along the way. While it may seem like a daunting project to undertake, there are actually a lot of benefits that come with your home extension if you consider the important things listed below.

1. Get Your Plans Drafted Beforehand

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Some people start their home improvement projects by going straight to the builder without consulting an architect first. This may lead to unwanted outcomes because builders specialize in building things while an architect is an expert on designing spaces. By hiring the expertise of an architect, chances are you will end up with the extended space that suits your needs. Also, remember that a poorly designed house will have a lower reselling price.

Additionally, architects are familiar with different necessary permits and they can help you with those. They may even suggest a competitive builder for you. Communicating with the architect to incorporate your own taste is crucial if you want to have an ideal outcome.

2. Know Your Budget

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Before talking about the design with your architect, it is best to inform them first about how much money you allocate so they can draft a plan according to your budget. If you can’t estimate your exact budget, you can just come up with an idea of the range your builder can work with. Bear in mind that on top of your construction cost, there are other expenses that you need to allot money for like permits, builder fees, government GST’s, building control, and others. It is also a good idea to allow a contingency or emergency fund or you can also apply for Personal Loans Now so if something unexpected happens, you have extra cash to spend.

3. Prepare Your Legal Requirements

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As stated above, your architect can help you accomplish your legal requirements but if you want him to focus on what’s really important – designing your home – you yourself can check the local council regulations in your area before starting anything. It is good to verify this information as some home improvements do not need any planning permissions at all.

4. Find your Preferred Registered Builder

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After you have decided on your plan and got the necessary legal requirements, the next important step to consider is choosing the right builder. It is important to have a professional and registered one. You should look for a builder with a great deal of experience in similar projects to yours. Find someone that can finish the projects within the budget that you have.

You can start searching through friends’ and relatives’ suggestion or your architect’s referral. Word-of-mouth is one of the best indicators that a builder does his job well. You can even request to inspect some of their real finished products to see if they are really the right one to do the job for you.

5. Talk to Your Neighbors

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The fact is, there are no laws that will require you to talk to the people near your place before you start your renovation. However, it is your social responsibility to inform your neighbors about your plans on extending your home. Why? Because the construction may affect their quality of life. If they have a problem about something, you can consult your architect on how to fix the issue so everything will go smoothly for you and for your neighbors. This may be more important if you and your neighbors share walls.

6. Have a Timetable

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Again, planning is crucial to a great outcome. Having a timetable should be included in your planning. Even if you will not be able to exactly meet your set deadline, you better have a goal on a daily or weekly basis to make sure that you are still on the right track. List the things you can do later and the things that you can do now. Normally, a big project of extending your home can take around six months, but a longer timeline may lead to longer construction time. A strict timeline will allow you to finish faster and avoid living on a construction site for several months.

More importantly, you have to be already one hundred percent sure about the design you want before making a timetable or starting your project. Changes will undoubtedly delay your project and will incur more expenses. So to make your schedule, be realistic, limit changes and plan ahead carefully.

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