To extend or not to extend: that Is the question
Figuring out whether to have an extension on your home isn’t something you should go into all guns blazing. Having an extension has many pros, but it also comes with a few cons you need to be aware of. Let’s talk about extending and figure out whether it’s the right thing for you:
Making Your Home More Practical And Valuable
One of the biggest perks of extending your home is making it far more practical and valuable. You can add a garage, a bedroom, a dining room, or multiple rooms. You could even create a game’s room. Providing you do this properly, you’ll find your home is far more functional for your family, and adds value to the selling price for the future. All you need to do is bear in mind that some renovations won’t necessarily add value – adding a swimming pool might seem like a huge luxury, but if your property is suitable for families, people won’t want to put their kids in danger and will likely not put in an offer on the property. You also need to be sure that you’re not creating an eyesore for other people – this is a legal requirement.
In some cases, it may be more beneficial for you to buy a new home. However, some people would like to remain in the house they’ve created so many memories in, so both options have pros and cons.
Disruption To Your Home Life
When you decide to go through with an extension, you’re going to experience disruption to your home life. You can find companies that aim to minimise this disruption as much as possible, but you should still expect noise, mess, and other things that will make living at home a lot less relaxing. This is another reason some people choose to move rather than extend. The amount of time their home life would be in disarray can seriously mess up routines, and isn’t great if people work from home.
Getting The Go Ahead From A Local Authority
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have an extension, you need to make sure that you can get legal permission to do it. You will usually need to apply for planning permission from a local authority, and you may need things like building surveys to ensure there will be no problems later on down the line. This is another expense to consider, so make sure you take everything into account.
The Cost Of Your Extension
When considering the cost of your extension, you can only really get a ballpark figure. As different things can affect how long the extension takes and the materials used, you won’t really know how much it is until the work is carried out. This is why getting a company who are transparent about price is crucial. You also need to take into account things like whether you want an architect to draw up the plans and a project manager to keep things running smoothly.
Does an extension sound like too much hassle to you, or the next logical step for your home?