10 Things you need to know before you start a house extension

Adding a house extension is a great way of adding space into your home. Whether your family has grown and you need to accommodate more people, or you’ve simply decided you need another room for whatever reason, it’s always a great way of adding more space without changing too much about your life. Still, there are some things you need to prepare for before you decide you want to perform a house extension! Here are ten things about house extensions that are worth knowing.

  1. Affordability
    Before you get to work on your house, you should take a good long look at your property and consider all the options that are available to you. The scope of your property determines your extension, so it’s best that you decide how much you want to add – and how much you want to spend! – as one of your first steps. In general, house extensions are quite an affordable option, and definitely the cheaper alternative, when compared to moving home, but it’s always a good idea to ask an architect to help you decide how far you want to – and are allowed to – go. Once that’s set out, apply for planning permission (if necessary).
  2. Financing
    Don’t think you’ll only be paying for the materials and workforce, however! In order to see if you can even afford an extension, you’ll have to go through a proper tender process, but in order to do that, you’ll need the help of an architect or surveyor – and you’ll have to pay for them. They will draw up plans and specification for potential contractors. If you plan to do it with the help of G7 Developments, we can give you an approximate budget for all the work before you start.
  3. Managing the finances
    It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when taking part in something as exciting as the building process. Before you know it, the small items that you add into your project may snowball into a large sum that is out of your reach. So make sure you manage your finances well throughout.
  4. Contingency
    Not everything about the construction process is easily predictable from the start – emergency expenses may pop up at any moment. For all those occasions, it’s best to be prepared and have a contingency plan. Freezing around 5 to 10% of your total contract cost is definitely a reasonable course of action. Alternatively, you could opt for a fixed contract that will make the contractor liable for any additional costs should they arise – of course, in those cases, that actually happens very rarely.
  5. Types of contracts
    Always read your contract carefully before signing and pay attention to all of its conditions. Some builders have their own, personalised contracts for you to work with, while most (including G7 Developments) use JCT contracts that use the standard forms of contract for construction, guidance notes, and other types of standard documentation in the construction industry with the aim of protecting both the clients and the contractors.
  6. Product/material selection
    A house extension is a commitment – make sure all the details are in order before you start the construction process. Pick out the materials you want to use for the construction, as well as all the products you’ll be using for the decor. Your architect can help you pick the right materials for the job, but in the end, the decision is left up to you!
  7. Choosing a contractor
    Once you know exactly what you want, it’s time to pick someone to do the job. Compare prices and testimonials to find the contractor that best meets your expectations. Consider G7 Developments, a company with a tremendous amount of experience in both home and commercial building renovations!
  8. Contractors insurance
    Insurance is another important factor in the constructions process – should anything go wrong, there is always insurance to fall back on. At G7 Developments, we are insured for public, contract, and employee liability.
  9. Guarantees/warrantees
    Make sure that your contractor offers you a warranty, should anything go for a period after the job is done.
  10. Final certificate
    The final certificate certifies that the construction contract has been completed – make sure your contractor gives you one once all the work has been concluded.  Should it ever come to a dispute over anything related to your extension, the final certificate is a crucial element of the case.