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Top Tips

Here are some tips to help you plan your extension and they might help you to avoid the pitfalls that could arise during the building process.

  • Be quite clear about what you are trying to achieve before you start building.  If you change your mind during the building process it can be very expensive to make changes.
  • Ask friends and neighbours who have had building work whether they would recommend their builder. 
  • Get quotes from at least 3 builders.  You will probably be surprised at the differences in cost.  Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest quote – remember you usually get what you pay for!
  • Plan ahead to find a builder who has availability when you need it.  Good builders can often be booked a year or so in advance.
  • Before submitting your planning application, call the local planning office to discuss your plans.  This is a good way to identify any potential issues at an early stage.  You can then be well prepared when the application goes through.  This should save you the cost of having to make changes and resubmit an application.
  • Have a look at extensions that have been carried out in your area.  Talk to neighbours to find out what difficulties they have encountered.
  • Discuss your plans with your immediate neighbours.  They are less likely to object to your plans if you have consulted them about what you are doing.
  • Keep a close eye on the building work as it progresses.  This makes it more likely that you will be around when the builder makes decisions about precise locations of walls/baths etc which are not clear from the plans.  This could save you time and money.
  • Retain the last payment for the project until you have completed a full inspection of the finished building work.  There are often lots of little things that need attention and you can pick these up by producing a ‘snagging’ list.  It is advisable to get assistance from someone who has experience of this to help you produce the list.  Present this to the builder and ask them to ensure the ‘snags’ have been addressed before final payment is made.

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