Buying a home might happen to be one of the biggest purchases you might make in your lifetime. It is also the one that can provide you with the most value in terms of potential for your future.
Many people get on the property and climb up the ladder, moving on to different homes and projects, relocating maybe or getting more space as time moves on with their lives.
There are so many ways that you can get more out of the property you are in, renovating different rooms, making some cosmetic changes here and there, but one of the biggest ways that can add a lot of value is extending.
That is because you get to add more square footage to the property as
well as being in the great position of change in the layout and living space of your current home.
But how do you get started when it comes to considering and actually implementing an extension?
I wanted to share with you some of the best things you can do.
Have A Plan
One of the first things you need to do is have a plan when it comes to the extension you want to make.
Really consider what you have to work with. It could be space on the ground floor or you may want to already convert something like a garage or an attached shed.
You may be considering only one storey or perhaps you may want to convert further into your upstairs space to not only increase living space but also the amount of bedrooms you have. Both of which can add huge value to your home.
Consider Your Budget
The next thing you need to think about is your budget.
You need to know exactly how much you
have to spend or at the very least what it will cost to do the plans that you have in your head.
This is so you can make plans to raise the money or work out how much you have to put towards your plans. You may want to think about how you can raise the money.
You might want to try homeowner loans so that it can be repaid once all the work is complete, or you could even consider your own savings or funds from parents to help you get started.
Enlist The Help Of Architects And Tradesmen
You may want to think about enlisting the help of architects or tradesmen to help you get started.
They can draw up your vision of what you want to create and they can also quote you quite specifically for the work that you want completed.
Not only that, but the plans drawn up
can help you get the planning permission you need and also help in terms of timescale.
Design The Space And Make The Most Of It
You need to look for some inspiration to ensure that you make the most of the new space you have.
You can look on social media like Instagram, which is full of home interior accounts that can help inspire you. You may also want to look online at websites like Pinterest to see what can help you in terms of interior design.
Make sure you take the time to fill the space and make it a real usable space for you and your family.
One of the hardest things to do when you are having work done to your property is to wait for it to be finished.
You may find that you are faced with delays that you are unable to overcome.
It’s hard to stick to a time schedule at times, especially if there are unforeseen circumstances involved, so you need to try and be as patient as possible when it comes to the build.
Have A Contingency Plan
It is also important to have some form of contingency plan in place to make sure that you cover all bases when it comes to your build and extension project.
Things can go wrong and you may come against unexpected problems, so having a plan in place for the worst case and also extra funds to help support issues can really take the stress away.
Finally, make sure you take the time to enjoy the journey.
Document it as best you can.
Take pictures and relish in the fact that your home is about to change for the better.
It will be hard at times, but all of the stress is short lived, especially when you have a new space to enjoy.
I hope these tips help you when it comes to extending your home.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.