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5 Things to Have in Mind
When Expanding Your Home

What to consider and prepare for expanding your existing home

As your family grows, you might want to start thinking about expanding your home. Some extra space can always be of much help, especially if your family members are struggling to have some privacy. However, there are some things you should think about before you start this project. We have come up with 5 most important of them. Make sure you check them all out when planning your home extension.

Plan your home expansion first

Get the things done right by thoroughly planning your home extension project,
including securing necessary budget for the project completion.

Your Neighborhood and Legal Issues

No matter where you live, there have to be some laws and regulations when it comes to expanding a house. Therefore, if you want to make sure everything goes according to the plan, you first have to check all of these. If you neglect this, you might end up breaking a law and have someone file a complaint against you. In this case, housing authorities are guaranteed to act on it and come to check out your extension. Also, if you want everything to go well, you should inform your neighbors about extension and make sure it’s not going to have any negative effect on them.

Get the right tools to use
If you are going to do it yourself, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

Your Budget

Another thing to have in mind when planning to expand your home is your budget. There’s nothing worse than starting such a project only to realize you don’t have enough money to go through with it completely. In order to make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you should think about all the costs of your extension and only go through with it if there’s enough money in your budget. Also, it’s always a good idea to have some money on the side if something goes wrong while you are expanding your home.

Do it together
Depending on your skills and availability, you might be able to save on budget
by doing some of the stuff yourself.

The Size Your are Aiming for

Of course, you cannot start any project without actually knowing what you want. That’s why before you make any moves, you should sit down and plan every single aspect of your extension. Think about how much additional space your family might need and how big budget is. According to this, you should be able to come up with the size you will be aiming for while you are expanding your home. Of course, don’t forget to take all the measurements before you start, in order to be assured the new part of your home can fit properly.

Measure first
Always get your measurements right, to avoid unexpected and often costly
problems.

The Size of Your Yard

When planning to expand your home, it’s also a good idea to think about the size of your yard. If there’s much free space in it and there’s enough money in your budget, you not use that space to make your home even larger? No matter how many new rooms you might need, a home can always benefit from some extra space. Not to mention that this will increase the value of your house if you eventually decide to sell it. Even if you don’t want to use that extra yard space for your extension, you can think about building a small gazebo or a backyard workshop.

Hire professionals for the job
For specialty works, such as electrical, plumbing and plastering,
get it done by professionals - it saves money and hassle.

Hiring Professionals

No matter how much you know about building, you won’t be able do everything on your own. You will have to hire professionals who will help you make sure the project is done quickly and that everything goes according to the plan. It’s recommended that you hire an extension architect, who can help you make a plan that is actually possible to build. This is especially important if you want to avoid any possible mistakes during your extension. You will also need contractors, who will deal with ground floor extensions and designs.

For some jobs you will need a team
Depending on the size of your home extension project, you might even need
to budget in a team of professionals and get it done properly.

Take all of these things into consideration and your extension is guaranteed to be successful. Once the whole project is done, there will be much more space for you and your family to enjoy in your home.

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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