10 Ways to Save When You ExtendPublished on 5th September 2019
Extending your home is likely to be an expensive business, but there’s no reason to spend money when you don’t have to. Here are a few tips from us, on how to cut costs without cutting corners.
10 Ways to Save When You Extend
Plan, Plan…and then plan some more.
A well-planned project will always be more cost-effective than one carried out on the hoof.
Work with an architect or respected design company and you’ll limit the opportunity for ‘nasty surprises’. You might have to spend more money upfront, but you’ll save in the long run.
Work with the features of your property, rather than against them. It’s important that you get the extension that’s right for you, but digging foundations into solid rock when you have topsoil and clay a few feet away really isn’t sensible. Think things through and when in doubt, seek advice.
It always pays to research! Remember though, that planning permission is not required for every home extension. A conservatory, for example, can usually be erected without the planning palaver. This can save you £150+ in fees. Apropos can guide you through the process but it’s great to have some understanding of it yourself too.
All home renovations MUST comply with current building regulations. Keep this in mind from the start or prepare to back peddle later. Corner-cutting is a no-go, for yours and other’s safety!
Properly Vet Your Builder
Taking time to interview your contractors can save you a surprising amount of time and money. By selecting an experienced builder who will happily problem solve you’ll avoid wasted time and the awkward headaches. Talk to friends and neighbours, check out local firms on trustpilot and find the right person for the job.
Consider Your Neighbours
No one wants to upset their neighbours…but it isn’t always easy when building work is concerned. Disgruntled neighbours can cost you time, money, and stress. Blocking access, making complaints and hindering plans. You’ll save a lot of money if you get them on board from the start.
Keep track of your money, and keep it earning interest for you for as long as possible before making payments. A 0% credit card could be your best friend. Alternatively, you could consider our own funding options which allow you to spread the cost in a variety of ways.
Not So Special Offers
Don’t be swayed by limited-time sales or offers. The vast majority will turn out to be one of a series of rolling sales, so take your time and shop around for the best offer.
Finally, this won’t save you money, but it will bring it in whenever you sell. Select an extension that will offer wide appeal and add value to your property. An Apropos bespoke conservatory, orangery or kitchen extension can add 10% to the value of your home, which is considerably more than it will cost you.