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3 Things To Keep In Mind When Extending Your Property

Things to think about when extending your home

There’s only so long that can put up with not having enough space in your home. Eventually, something needs to be done, whether that involves moving house or extending where you currently live. 

Of the two options, extending will be easiest and less costly, if you have the room to grow the house. 

But, when buying a home extension, you must think it through carefully ahead of work starting on it, and make certain considerations.

These are 3 of the biggest considerations:

Planning Permission / Building Regulations

Planning permission can be required for some extensions, but not those that have Permitted Development Rights. For a single-storey extension to be a Permitted Development, it has to meet a series of limits and conditions. 

When unsure of where you stand with planning permission for a home extension, just get in touch with your local planning department for advice. 

Don’t mix up planning permission with building regulations approval – they are two separate things. Speak to your local building control officer about this.

An extension with planning permission

Deciding on a budget

Before you do anything, you need to figure out a budget for the project and set a limit on what you’re prepared to spend on the extension. 

Your finances will dictate this, so go through them to calculate it. For help funding the extension, enquire about finance.

Whatever the final figure is, inform the extension specialist of what it is so that they can give you a realistic idea of what you can get for your money.

An extension with French doors

Is it going to add value to your house?

While you want the extra space that an extension provides, you also want it to inject value into your property, otherwise, what’s the point in investing in one?

How much it adds will depend on various factors, including how big the extension is, which part of the country you live in, and to what standard the extension is constructed. 

Don’t be afraid to ask the company fitting the extension how much it’s likely to increase your home’s valuation as they should have some idea from extensions they’ve fitted before.

A black and white conservatory

Clearview can supply all manner of extensions for your available budget. You can see a selection of extension projects we’ve completed in a gallery on our Extensions page.

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