Outgrowing your space is a sign of the times. You’re expanding your family, or you are just feeling a bit cramped in your living quarters, but surely you can just sell your home and move on, right? Especially if you’re a first-time buyer and looking to expand your investment horizons, but have you thought about building an extension onto your home? There’s a lot of reasons why building an extension is a worthwhile option over moving home. Apart from the cost of uprooting, the personal impact can be felt by your family when you’ve moved to a completely different area, but in addition, an extension onto your property can potentially increase the value of a home by 20%! So, what’s a better investment? Extend or move?
When looking at the cost of extending your home, it trumps the moving cost by a considerable amount, but extending your home can come with some pretty strict rules. For example, in the UK, single-storey extensions on the rear cannot extend beyond the back wall of the original part of the property by more than 3-metres for an attached house. But this limit has been increased to 6-metres until the 30th of May 2019, subject to providing the local authority with the relevant notice. It’s also worth noting that if a neighbor objects for whatever reason, then planning permission can be denied. The question is whether you are happy to go through the hoops to get the extension on your home.
Your other option, if you are generally happy with where you are is to build extra storage, and depending on how much space you have in your garden, the option to purchase a steel building. Suppliers like on http://armstrongsteel.com/ ship the supplies, and you can build it yourself or have someone do it for you. As far as cost is concerned, by getting a steel building, it’s going to be less hassle when it comes to the neighbors, and the buildings are big, so they are a viable option for storage. The choice is down to you.
Once you have decided whether to go ahead with extending your property, acquiring planning permission can be straightforward, but it depends on what you want to add to your home. If you intend on extending a property that is classed as a “new build,” then you might have to get permission from the developer, and they could charge a fee for this. Once these issues have been sorted, it’s time to find the right builder. The best place to begin is to ask family and friends for recommendations, but there are plenty of websites where you can find verified tradespersons, like on http://www.homeadvisor.com/ or on the National Federation Of Builders site. Once you have found the builder for you, make sure to have a contract drawn up highlighting what their responsibilities are, and what are yours. And you should take out insurance too for peace of mind. Making way for additional storage at home can be as much of a hassle as moving, but it will work out a lot cheaper!