Home extensions are a great way to get more out of your current house. And, of course, they can save you the money and time it costs to buy a new property. But, there a few things you need to do before you get started. We’ve put together this brief guide to making sure that you don’t experience any problems. Read on to find out more about extending home safely.

Arrange somewhere to stay

Unless you are having something simple done to your home, it’s advisable to find somewhere to stay while it is going on. Extensions tend to take a long time, and if you are living in your house while they are happening, it can be disruptive. Not just to you, of course, but also to the builders – especially if you have children. It’s important to give them space that they need to do the job quickly, so moving out should be on your consideration list.

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Legal issues

Planning permission isn’t always needed when you’re building an extension. But, you have to make sure to check you are okay to proceed before doing so. Check all of your local planning guidelines, and get to know the restrictions. Find out more here – http://www.vic.gov.au/property-planning/. If you build outside of those regulations, it’s going to end up a messy business.

Conservation issues

Don’t forget about conservation issues, either. If you live in a listed building or a conversation area, there are strict rules when it comes to building. You might be able to make changes, of course, but if you do so without getting permission first, you could end up in hot water. Extensions take a lot of financing, so make sure you don’t spend more on fines after you have finished.

Find an architect

Large extensions are not DIY projects – far from it, in fact. You can do some building work without an architect, but anything large scale is likely to need one. Again, check your planning permission to make sure you don’t fall foul of the law. In fact, you might even need an engineer’s input, too, if your plans are particularly complicated. Not only will it save you from getting into trouble with your local authority, but it will also help you build a better quality extension.

Check underground

If you are adding to your home, then you have to find out what is underneath the ground before you start digging it up. All homes are surrounded by pipes, cables, and all kinds of utility service equipment, and if you break any of them, trouble will come your way. Check here to find out more – http://www.aussiehydrovac.com.au/cable-and-pipe-location/. Don’t underestimate the issues you could run into here – it could end up costing you as small fortune to repair.

Get the best builders possible

Finally, make sure you get the best builders for the job. Speed, reliability and the ability to complete a job on budget and on time are all preferences. Check with their older customers and make sure you have excellent reports of their work before hiring them. There are many horror stories about builders out there – don’t become one of them.

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