A home extension is a fantastic way to ensure that you have extra room in your property for the whole family. There are lots of different types of home extensions worth exploring. For instance, you can add more room to the basement or add an extension to the side of your property.
You might think that if you have a limited budget then a home extension is going to prove difficult at best. To an extent – there is a lot of work involved in home extensions (when done properly) so there is no ‘cheap option’ but there are ways to ensure that your plans for a home extension do fit comfortably into your chosen budget and don’t stretch your bank account too far in the process.
Keep it Simple
First, you need to make sure that your specification is as simple as possible. If you keep things simple, you can achieve your expansion goals whilst staying within your chosen budget because you were budget conscious when creating the specification for your project.
You might have some elaborate and cool ideas for the rooms that you were going to add. However, this is never going to be the right approach if you want the cost to stay under control.
As an example, you should think about the architecture of the extension. You might have grand ideas about custom designs and curves that you want to be implemented. Or the type of windows you wanted. Or even installing plumbing in areas that did not exist previously. However, at the end of the day, it’s always going to be more budget-friendly to opt for a typical extension design with minimal design features.
Materials and finishes
The materials often make up a large part of your extension cost. Whilst the materials used need to be of high quality and fit for purpose, it can be easy to get carried away with the material specification. For example, you may save some money by not choosing the very highest quality insulation or if it’s a kitchen, you don’t have to opt for the most expensive kitchen suite.
What can you do yourself?
Next, whilst there are specific tasks that a reputable builder should carry out, you should ask yourself whether there are elements of the home extension that you can do yourself. This is going to save you a lot of money on labor costs and ensure that you don’t have to worry about someone spending hours on your home extension for projects that you could have completed without their help.
Do be aware, if you choose to be DIY, you need to make sure that you are not going beyond your level of understanding and knowledge. While there are some great guides online, getting things wrong will result in you needing to essentially pay twice for a correction of your work.
That said, there are areas of work like this that you should have no issues with completing yourself. This includes painting, tiling, and some forms of floor installation. For instance, if you’re opting for laminate flooring, this clicks together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. As such, there’s no need to hire additional help to complete a job like this. You could even install a kitchen yourself for example.
Planning is everything
If you want to make sure that you save money on your home extension, then the best advice we can give is to make sure that you are planning everything out from day one. You need to make sure that you are completing as much research as possible to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes here.
You should speak to your builder or any other contractor involved to agree on a tight specification and pre approved cost so that you are not hit with any unexpected costs.
You should be checking out pricing to satisfy different building regulations and planning permissions for the property. That way, you can avoid any delays to your project or extension which could ultimately cause the costs to balloon.
At the very least, you need to make sure that you are discussing the plans that you have for your extension with people that could be impacted. This includes your next door neighbors. Remember, any plans you have for an extension could impact their views or the aesthetic of their home.
Hire Your Contractor With Care
Finally, you need to make sure that you are being careful when you are hiring a contractor for work like this.
It’s important to understand that there are countless companies online that will be looking to charge you more than it should cost for an extension. You must make sure that you check credentials as well as any evidence of work they have completed in the past. A company you can trust will be able to provide a complete portfolio of extension work they have completed in the past.
For example, Surrey Building Projects are a top rated building company in Surrey and specialise in extensions and conversions. We have a number of Checkatrade reviews and are accredited by a number of governing bodies.
We hope this helps you understand some of the best ways to keep the cost of your home extension under control. Remember, if you do get concerned about the money you are spending, it’s important that you treat this as an investment. You will be adding more value to your home which will help you gain a higher profit when it’s time to sell.