House Extensions

A house extension is the perfect way to add space to a home without the huge upheaval and expense of moving house. In most cases when done with careful budgetary planning it will add real value to a property. Before embarking upon any build, several factors must be considered.

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How much will the house extension cost?
This doesn't need to be worked out to the last penny but a good approximation must be arrived at before you start building. This is important because your street will have a price ceiling. If your home is already touching that, then no matter how much you spend by doing the extension, you'll be very unlikely to get back that money back when you come to sell. There are many available online resources for this type of information.

Will I need planning permission?
The planning laws change regularly with central government and local councils tweaking existing requirements with alarming frequency. Your first port of call should be your planning department's website where all kinds of pre-application information and advice can be found.

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Who will do the trade work?
This depends entirely upon your own DIY skills and whether you're confident enough to cover all of the trades such as plumbing, joinery and roofing when you build your own extension. However it is always advisable to use a professional for skilled work.

How do I find a professional?
Never engage a building tradesperson unless you have seen their work and they have been recommended by a trusted friend or colleague. If possible get at least three quotes based on a detailed itinerary of works to be done. Ensure that there are no hidden extras and agree a payment schedule as the extension progresses. A fixed price contract for agreed works will ensure that you have complete control over costs.

What is the best way to source materials?
Jewson have extensive experience of what materials will be most suitable for your job. Drop into your local branch to find out more - with over 600 sites up and down the country, we can provide a wealth of knowledge whenever it is required. In addition our self build team has worked with thousands of people over the years to help them create their dream home.

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If you need help whether you are building an entire new house, or doing a smaller job such as an extension or loft conversion, you can apply for a Jewson Self Build credit account which offers up to £20,000 credit whilst giving you the service and advice you'll need to complete your project.

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