If you’ve been dreaming of expanding your property and having more space to enjoy, then it’s time to start thinking about a home extension. It’s not always the first thing that people consider, and it’s often put off due to budgets and other priorities, but now is the time to take charge and tick something off your bucket list.
Whether you’ve been putting it off due to the heavy costs you’re expecting, or you’re waiting until the time feels right, now is the time to tackle the project and give yourself some space to really make the most of your home. Follow these simple tips and tricks to help you extend your home without spending an arm and a leg.
Create a Plan
The first thing that should be done when extending your home is creating a plan. This plan needs to include everything, from the dimensions and measurements of the extension, to the finer details such as décor and purpose of the room. If you don’t know the purpose of the room, you’ll struggle to make decisions along the way, from the colour of the room to the furniture required, so you need to think about this before any work begins.
You can also figure out budgets and costs with your plan, as you can try to work out exactly what you want to be done, when it needs to be done by and who is the best person to do the job.
The Best Fit
Moving onto the actual labour, you need to focus on finding the best possible people to do the jobs you have. Whilst asking the first person you found online to do the job would be easy and quick, it could end up costing you a lot of money for a job that’s not even half the standard as someone else.
Make sure you do some proper research into who is available in your local area to do the work and how much they charger per hour. This will really help you to find the best fit for the work and give you peace of mind that you’ve chosen the right person. You could also look for reviews from previous work they have done to really reassure you that they’re hard working and reliable.
Be a Project Manager
In order to really make the most of every part of your house extension you need to become the project manager. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done this sort of thing before, by project Managing the work you can simply have everything run past you for your final decision. The main reason this is so useful is that no money will be spent without your say so, you’ll have a clear idea of exactly what is going on and everyone will have a level of respect for you that will ensure you’re clear on everything going on.
The perfect example of this may be that one of the equipment pieces requires a Hiab spare part, which your contractor may purchase from someone they know with an added cost for the time, whereas, if you’re in the know you can locate the best possible part at a good cost and save yourself a considerable amount of money.
There is nothing more frustrating than wanting something doing and it not being done, and if you leave your house extension to luck then you’re going to find it taking a lot longer than necessary. Make sure you’re as proactive as possible throughout your extension project, from beginning to end, as this will help make sure everything runs smoothly and happens when it needs to.
If you feel your contractor is being slack or lazy, you can let them know your thoughts and get the project moving again, or even look at hiring someone new. If you sit back and leave the work to be done without much of your input, you could find yourself living in a building site for a longer period of time!