5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOUSE EXTENSIONS AND TIMINGS

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If you wish to make your house more spacious and add to its value by building house extensions, the idea indeed can be a wise and beneficial one. Extensions can transform your house in a whole new way by changing its outlook. However, along with a great idea comes great responsibilities. It is important to know that with the enthusiasm that you might have to design and implement your house extension plans, patience, knowledge, an immense amount of research is required to get your desired result.

 

Whether you decide to go for a loft conversion or a kitchen extension, being aware of the ‘do’s and dont’s’ of the process can help you save your time, energy, and a good amount of budget!

 

House Extension London is a leading house extension company that specializes in adding value to your house in terms of space and money by providing you with house extension services. We consider it one of our duties to make you aware of all the important facts that must be kept in mind regarding house extensions to help you make the most out of your decision!

 

So here are five important pointers that you should take note of -

 

  1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SERVICES FOR IMPLEMENTING YOUR PLANS AND HAVE A DETAILED STRATEGY LINED UP -

 

It is a must to choose the most suitable contractor who provides you with an affordable price for renovating your house and possesses the appropriate skills of getting the work done. A builder and its services matter a lot in terms of formulating a complete plan that goes according to your ideas and preferred style. The services should consist of a loyal team ready that can be relied upon in case of a change in plan, even at a moment’s notice.

 

Agreement on the terms and conditions and planning a proper strategy with your contractor for your house is the next thing that follows. For instance, fixing an estimated cost, clearing out on the specifications and details of the house, getting the paperwork done with the authorities, ensuring proper design style and sustainability, etc.

 

Our company guarantees you the benefits of all the listed points. Our project managers work on the pillars of trust and smooth communication with the client. We give your ideas utmost priority and assist you in shaping it properly and executing it. Discovering, defining the concept, pre-project analyzation and Project implementation is our process of working.

 

 

  1. BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR BUDGET TO YOURSELF AS WELL AS THE BUILDER -

 

Make sure you don’t fantasize about bringing alterations to your house that do not go hand in hand with your budget! If you yourself are clear about your needs and accordingly the price with the builder beforehand, she/he will help to make the most out of it. Consider all the fees required for getting professional help, building materials, builders, building control fees, and the VAT that follows. Having creative plans is one thing, but being realistic and honest with yourself is what will cause you zero worries.

 

Remember to keep communicating with your service providers regarding the costs mounting up and always and be upfront and clear with them since the very beginning because if the project turns out to be costlier than expected, the blame will lie on you only.

 

 

  1. KEEP IN MIND THE TIMELINE -

 

Although there is no specific timeline for the house extension project to get completed because of various factors such as size and design of the house, the scope of the project, and various other unpredictable reasons; the average time might range between 7-15 months (can be more or less).

The rough idea for the entire process can be as follows -

 

  • 2-4 weeks for preparation - For doing your research and reaching out to architects and services.
  • 2-5 weeks for designing - The time needed by the project manager to handle and draw out a plan for the renovation of your house
  • 8-10 weeks of planning - From dealing with the paperwork and the permission conditions to getting a hundred percent legal approval, the architect usually manages this part which generally requires patience.
  • 1-3 years for the party wall agreement - This agreement is needed if you are building on a shared boundary. A serving notice and permission is needed from your neighbors in this case which can be a nightmare and consume a lot of your time in some cases!
  • 7-8 months for technical designing, tender processing, and finally building - Building a technical layout by getting an engineer, putting together the tender agreements with your builder and deliberating about the overall expenses and paperwork, and finally starting off with the actual construction are the final steps that follow till you can get in your new home!

 

 

  1. GETTING THE RIGHT INSURANCE -

 

The right renovation insurance will help you to get your mind at ease at the beginning itself and will keep you light-headed during the entire house making process. Get in touch with your existing home insurance agent and notify him about your plans. It will ensure your safety against the accidental accidents and the mishaps that might occur to the people on-sight.

In some cases, your home insurance agency fails to cover you up while the project is being undertaken. The structural work can be excluded leaving you with the materials on-site and liability exposure. There, consider arranging a new insurance policy for the extensions so that there is no scope for trouble.

 

 

  1. DON’T LOSE YOUR PATIENCE AND TRY BEING CALM THE ENTIRE TIME

 

There is a huge impact on your behavior and mental attitude during the entire construction project. It is not rare for things to go wrong from time to time during the process. Therefore, act as a problem-solver, and instead of fretting upon the mistakes try communicating with the services and the team involved to reach a conclusion.

 

As a matter of fact, you yourself can become a project manager for your construction plan if you are unsatisfied with the results and consider yourself to be patient, organized, and motivated enough to excel at this responsibility. Remember, there is a solution to every problem and if you think about it with a smile, you will definitely figure things out.

 

Home extension business is no less than a roller coaster ride and the decision of being involved in it brings huge responsibilities. Therefore, it is also necessary to work with a companion and share some of your stress with him/her. We are your perfect companion who can help you implement your ideas just the way you want! We believe that what actually makes a good building contractor are qualities like - vision, optimism, innovation, smooth communication, flexibility, and empathy.

 

NEVER FORGET - You are only one decision away from making wise choices!

 


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