Questions to Ask Before Starting a Home Extension

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There is much to consider before you knock down a wall or start digging a hole in your garden for the foundations for a house extension. Building an extension can be noisy and expensive and is certainly disruptive. You will have to deal with architects, builders, tradespeople, the neighbours, the local council and other national regulatory authorities in Auckland, New Zealand.

Are you ready for the noise and the mess? Can you really afford an extension and do you even need one? You must ask yourself these and many more questions before you begin the process of an extension, the following are just some examples:

Do I really need an extension?

Can I afford an extension?

Will it be cheaper to extend than move and buy a bigger house?

Will I need planning permission?

Can I handle the disruption of a build right now?

With those questions in mind take a careful look at the five things you absolutely must know the answers to before you start home extensions.

1. Do you need planning permission?

Depending on the country or region you live in you may find that some building activities or minor renovations do not require any permissions from the authorities. Research at the planning stage will save you heartache, stress and issues further into your project. There will likely be fees associated with a planning application. Your builder or architect will be able to advise you further.

2. Do you know a good, reliable builder?

Ask friends and family for their recommendations. If no recommendations are forthcoming you will need to do some research. Read testimonials, look for online reviews and if possible ask to view actual work examples of past builds. The cheapest quote is not always the one you should choose. Weigh up the cost against time and reputation where possible.

3. Will you design your extension yourself or employ an architect?

Unless you are a qualified builder or architect, a home extension is probably best left to the professionals. Poor design or construction will not add value to your home.

4. Will your home extension have a significant impact on your neighbours?

Take into consideration the impact your building work may have on your neighbours with regards to noise, dust and access for tradespeople. If you are planning on building up a level or near to a boundary you may need to stay within certain council requirements regarding privacy, access to light and views, for example.

5. Is now the right time for building works in your life?

If you have a baby due soon or have recently had a new addition to your family then maybe now is not the right time to be planning extensive works around your home. Unless of course you need the extension to accommodate a growing family, in which case full speed ahead!

Opting to extend your home rather than move can add value and save you the effort of having to move. Whether your extension is a garage conversion, creating a usable loft space, adding a conservatory or building on an entire new master suite section to your home then the effort will be well worth the temporary sacrifices in noise, dust and privacy!

Considering a building project is both exciting and daunting. Choose recommended companies to assist you or do lots of research and read testimonials to get an idea on the reliability and quality of the services on offer.

BRS Ltd are experienced with garage conversions Auckland-wide as well as other types of home extensions. Visit www.brsltd.co.nz for gallery images of previous projects and details on how they can assist you with your Auckland home renovations. As well as renovations, BRS Ltd can advise on the most suitable home additions for Auckland homes.

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