Follow Our Top 10 Tips To Save Time And Money When You Extend Your Property
Lets face it if we all had a money tree in our gardens we wouldn’t have to worry about money. But as we don’t its useful to know how we can save money, especially when it comes to home improvement. Extending your property is an expensive project and knowing where you can save money along the way will help stretch the pounds during the build.
Have A Plan
A well thought out job is an absolute must if you want to save money and keep your project on track.
Set A Budget.
Don’t get carried away when extending your property, keep a close eye on the finances. It’s a well-known fact that most projects do go over budget, so with this in mind be careful with your pennies. Have a backup fund should you come across a problem you couldn’t have foreseen when you planned the extension.
Certain extensions like a conservatory can usually be installed without planning permission. But before you start your build it is wise to approach the planning office with your plans. This will ensure that your project runs on track.
All home renovations MUST comply with current building regulations. Do not try to build without having your work approved, as this could cost you a lot of money, time and aggravation!
Choose Your Contractors Carefully
Make sure you do your research before employing builders; this will most definitely save you time and money when the project is under way. Know who you are dealing with and choose a contractor who is able to problem solve and not waste time and money should you hit a problem during the build.
Having your neighbours on your side, when you are extendting your home can certainly save you time and money. It can also make the process less stressful if they are supportive of the build and do not oppose plans and cause aggravation by complaining.
Working with professionals who have carried out similar projects in the past will pay off in the long run. They will know the best ways to ensure that the build goes to plan and what materials are best suited to the job.
To make sure your project is cost-effective work with the features of your property, not against them. You want to get the extension of your dreams, but not at any cost! Be advised by your contractors when assessing the land and the build of the extensions, be prepared to compromise when necessary.
Don’t rush and panic buy through so called “for a limited-time only promotion”. The majority will turn out to be rolling sales that are available throughout the year. Do your homework and shop around make sure you are getting the best deal possible. When placing an order ask if they have a promotional code you can use, quite often the company will supply you with one if you ask!
Finally, this won’t save you time or money now, but it will help when you come to market your home in the future. Select an extension that will offer wide appeal and add value to your property. A quality conservatory, orangery or kitchen extension can add around 10% to the value of your home.