A Guide to Home Extensions and Adding Value to Your Property

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Intro

Although time-consuming, disruptive, and expensive, a well-planned home extension can not only transform the interior of your property, but it can also add significant worth to the existing market value.

Considering this, the team here at White Horse Surveyors have put together the following blog post to guide you through the process and ensure that you are getting the best value from your extension.

What Are the Benefits?

As we have already mentioned, the primary advantage of these home extensions will be that they are increasing the value of your home.

This includes any of the following works:

  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Living Rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Cellar/Basements
  • Loft/Attics

However, it is also crucial that any new space added to your property is carefully integrated with the existing layout and facilities. For instance, if you are considering additional bedrooms, then you should also ensure that you have a suitable number of bathrooms to accommodate this increased capacity.

Outside of monetary concerns, another major benefit of extending your home can be the opportunity to create a space that fits your exact specifications and/or needs. Whether it is an additional bedroom to house a new arrival or the perfect office space to help you stay focused and productive when working from home.

Things to Consider

Before you start construction on any major projects, it is essential that these works are carefully considered and accounted for. This includes the immediate impact upon your:

Personal Budget

One of the first considerations you should make concerns the finances allocated to your chosen renovations. Although it can be tempting to get ahead yourself, you need to be realistic about the work that you want to conduct. Do not forget to keep some of the earlier factors in mind when it comes to balancing the house and keeping the layout suitable for purpose.

When it comes to assessing the potential value of your new home extension, the advice and guidance of a fully independent, chartered surveyor is an invaluable service. More specifically, by requesting a Full Building Survey you will be to effectively account for any unforeseen defects or concerns. Leaving you with no nasty (and often costly) surprises later in the project’s development.

To learn more about these reports, simply click here.

Neighbours

Another important consideration to make is the impact that these works will have on other houses in your immediate area. Home extensions can often be a source of conflict between homeowners – especially those who feel that the addition of these new spaces will have a negative impact upon their own homes.

That is why it is always a good idea to inform your neighbours of your intentions well in advance. Making sure that any disputes and/or objections are dealt with through the correct, formal procedures.

On this note, in addition to these personal considerations, there are also several government standards that you must comply with before any work can begin. These include:

Planning Permission

Whilst some smaller detached, semi or terraced projects can be undertaken without approval, many cases will have to go through the process of obtaining planning permission.

This can occasionally result in a flat-out refusal on your extension. Although this rare and an official appeal process is in place, it is always worth accounting for the potential of these delays and to consult an expert for any additional advice or guidance.

Building Regulations

Building regulations refer to a minimum set of standards that any construction or prospective building design must adhere to. They are primarily concerned with ensuring that a property is structurally sound and does not compromise the safety of any individual that resides in or around the building.

To learn more about these requirements and how they may impact your extension, check out our full blog on topic at reallymoving.com.

Contact Us

If you are considering a home extension and require the unbiased and expert advice of our nationally based surveyors, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

To speak with our friendly and helpful sales team, call us on 01249 444465 or drop us an email via .

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