Seek quotes from builders prior to commencing extension project

With many people struggling to afford a change of home at the current time, attention in some quarters has turned to extensions and other ways to increase the space available to you and your family.

It seems that calling in professional builders to oversee the creation of an extra room or two is a hugely shrewd and popular idea. After all, what other way can you enjoy additional space at a fraction of the cost of selling up and moving to a much larger property?

Although the process of having an extension built is undoubtedly an exciting one, it is certainly worth taking on board advice from experts so that you do not forget anything or end up with a result you did not dream of.

Luckily, Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, is on hand to offer assistance and words of wisdom at the current time. He started by urging everybody who is considering an extension to first seek at least three quotes from tradesmen so the best price for the job can be realised. At this time, you are also advised to check out the relevant qualifications of the builders in question and ensure they belong to the right associations. Using is one way of securing the best in the business.

Mr Leech went on to note it is not only builders you will need to turn your dream into a reality. Head to the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or a similar organisation to talk through your plans. They will have plenty of useful tips and may even be able to put you in touch with an architect to offer further information.

He added that speaking to the relevant local authority is another wise move, as they will be able to run through exactly what will be allowed and prohibited in terms of extra building on your home.

“You certainly will have to comply with the materials and the products that you use in that project to make sure it fits in with the local vernacular. This is particularly the case where conservation areas are concerned,” Mr Leech stated.

While building upwards or outwards is typically the most common idea in extension projects, it does not always have to be the case. Rosie Caley, design director at BasementWorks, recently told how adding a basement to a home can be a relatively straightforward option and provides owners with plenty of new space.

Wherever you plan to add new rooms, it is important to first select from the best local tradesmen, including electricians, plumbers and decorators, to get your latest rooms up to scratch immediately.

Mr Leech noted that the most paperwork might be required when putting rooms in the roof, as this could require planning permission from a local authority. Of course, you must find out if this is the case, as you will want your high-quality home improvements to last for a lifetime rather than a few weeks before you are asked to remove them.

If you’re looking for a quality builder in your local area, we can help you find one. Post your job on and we’ll put you in touch with up to three tradesmen. Read their reviews and ratings online and select the right one for you and your job. That way you’ll know that you’re employing an expert who you can trust.

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