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Check out our overview of what is involved when deciding on a home extension.

At the start of any renovation project, it is wise involve neighbours as helps to keep them on side while making the changes.

Seeking advice of a qualified architect can provide extension advice, on issues concerning planning permission and any local factors that may influence the modifications as well as drawing up detailed specifications.

Most extensions will require planning permission before any work can be undertaken. The plans then will be placed by the council on the Planning Register for public viewing and notify neighbours. The process can take up to eight weeks, and if permission is granted, planned works must be completed within five years.

If permission is denied, plans can be amended to take account of any problems raised by the council, then resubmitted within 12 months without any further charge.

In most cases, it will be necessary when extending a building to ensure all work complies with the Government’s Building Regulations.To achieve compliance with Building Regulations, full and detailed plans of the proposed extension, together with the appropriate application form and fee must be submitted to your Local Planning Authority.

Reputable tradesmen and builders can be found through the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and will be able to provide you with advice on Building Regulations.

For those searching for a building contractor, the best way to proceed is to talk to several different contractors and ask for quotes for the extension. Make sure that all building supplies are included within the quote. Also ask them if you can talk to some of their customers and see some of their previous work to ensure their quality.

Once you have picked your builder, it is vital that you make sure you know the terms of your arrangement by completing a proper contract.

The most important thing is to remember is that you are in charge and it is your money.

You should be realistic in what you want to achieve.
Don’t over-stretch yourself financially
Try to leave some money aside for emergency funds.
Remember if you are planning on selling your house that each month the project takes means an extra mortgage repayment that needs to be budgeted also.
Try to account in your budget for planning permission and Building Regulations application fees.
Set some money aside for the costs of decorating the new extension and any new furniture that you may need.