As with many things, if you are new to something it is easy to make mistakes. If you have never extended a property before make sure you avoid these time and costly mistakes with your project.
- Don't aggravate the neighbours. You may not see or talk to your neighbours much but they can be the end to your new room. Ensure you keep them informed of your plan, ask their opinions and make them feel considered. If they feel you are blocking their light, ruining their view or that there is going to be a lot of noise, mess and disruption they can be the ones to object and put a stop to you plans. Keep them on your side at all times.
- Don't start building before planning permission, if required, has been approved. Waiting with your details on the nearest lamp post and paperwork may not appeal but how does the thought of knocking your completed extension down feel. Wait, just wait.
- Ensure you have considered how your extension will change how your home is used, does it add the valued space you are expecting or does it turn one room into an unusable corridor to get to it?
- Don't go with the first builder you meet. You need to get at least three quotes for tall the work you want to contract out. Ask questions, ask for references and definitely check them out. Ask previous clients about the companies general house keeping, how problems were solved, if they turned up everyday and if the work was completed and exceeded their expectations. If in doubt keep looking for the right builder for your extension.
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