7 home improvement mistakes
1 – Not applying for permission
Check what permissions you require. One of the most common questions Do I Need Permission gets asked is “Do I need planning permission?” and “Do I need building warrant?”
Simply put planning permission deals with the way your alteration or extension will look, the appearance and effect on the surrounding area.
A building warrant details how your alterations or extension is constructed, which should meet the current building regulation standards.
Not all projects need planning permission (permitted development) but it is likely you will need a building warrant. Vist Do I Need Permissions project categories to see if your project needs planning permission or building warrant.
Always know what permission you need it is harder to get permission after your project is completed and you may be asked to remove any alterations or extension that do not have permission for at your own expense. If you are unsure ask an expert.
2 – Know how your project will affect the rest of you house.
A common mistake is putting an extension on the back of your house over existing doors and windows normally from a dining room or kitchen. But what about natural light to these room? We have seen many extensions where the existing rooms simply become a circulation space and there is no natural daylight.
Plan how you will use your rooms and make sure you have sufficient natural daylight. You may be limited where you can install new windows, it is unlikely you will be able to add windows to the side of your house if it looks onto a neighbour.
3 – No storage
Creating a new living space or bedroom you always what the rooms to be as large as possible but what about storage?
Stores quickly get taken up with toys, christmas decorations, linen and clothes, build in as much storage as you can, you can never have enough. Leave it out and you may find your home still doesn’t work for you.
4 – Spend, spend, spend
Set your budget and stick to it. It’s easy to get carried away when you are altering or extending your home. Make lists of everything you need and take them with you when you go shopping.
Don’t be tempted by offers for items you don’t need. An item might be on sale at half price but did you need that item in the first place?
Shop online you can get some great bargains and not be tempted by in store offers.
Don’t forget to build in a contingency for those unseen problems. Normally 10% of your overall budget.
5 – Value
Make sure what you are spending improving your home will add that value to your home.
Will you get your money back if you had to sell your home and are your alteration relevant to the property and area?
You can find out what your home might be worth after home improvements by using Do I Need Permissions “what value could it add” estimator.
6 – Tell your neighbours
Tell your neighbours what you are doing and when your work is going to start.
Let your neighbour know if anything messy is going to happen and keep any noisy works to a reasonable time of day.
The last thing you want is your dream home and you’ve fell out with your neighbours in the process.
7 – Inform your insurance company
Make sure you tell your insurance company before works start, you can invalidate your insurance if something goes wrong with your existing house during construction.