A home extension is one of the most exciting home renovations you can do. But it is also one of the most expensive and challenging. There is the potential to run into a lot of problems and you run the risk of going over the budget. So, before you get too excited, make sure you know what you are getting into and how to prepare for the challenges ahead. Here are five essential things to know about additions or extensions to your Auckland home.
1. Why are you doing it?
Different homeowners will have varying reasons for building a home extension. Knowing exactly why you need the extension will help you to plan better. You might be expanding your home to add some much needed space. This is common for homes with large or growing families. You could also be expanding to add value to the house. This is common when you are planning to sell off the house. Another reason could be that you want more space but don’t want to move from the neighbourhood.
Whatever your reason, make sure you talk it over extensively with your contractor so that you can plan the project in line with your objectives.
2. What is your budget?
Cost is a big part of planning a home extension. Your budget is one thing you should spend a lot of time on. Sit down with your contractor and draw up an estimated budget, making sure to include everything, even the unexpected. This will ensure that you don’t run out of money mid-extension.
Remember that other associated costs might also go up. For example, your home insurer might charge you more premium. The overall cost of home maintenance is also bound to increase. Consider these related costs when drawing up a budget.
The most important thing is knowing how much money you are willing to spend. Once you have that figure, you can work within that amount to achieve your objectives. Ask your contractor for ideas on how to bring costs down.
3. What is the timetable?
Next to the budget, the timetable is one of the most important planning aspects. Plan the timetable according to the different stages of the project. For example, the survey and design process could take one and a half months. The planning part itself could take more than two months. Another one and a half months for working drawings and permit approvals. Maybe an extra month to tender the project and kick start the building process.
Amenities include gas, drainage, water and electricity. Know early on what changes will be needed to them and whether new installations will be necessary.
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