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Planning a renovation? -Do some research!

Published: 03 October 2018

Planning a renovation? -Do some research!

Planning a renovation or an extension can be daunting, but with the right plan in place and adequate research, the job will be much easier. As the saying goes, ‘if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!’

Check planning requirements 

The first port of call is to check planning permission requirements. If your project involves the creation of a new residence (either by building from scratch or splitting an existing residence), then planning permission may be required. Additions to the building, depending on the size and nature of the project may also require planning permission.

For a full succinct list and rules for planning permission and Building regulations, you should first contact the planning department of your  local authority who will advise you on the planning requirements relevant to your renovation/extension. This is an important factor that should be clearly researched, as planning without permission may have severe implications down the line.

Check for any grants

Some grants may be available for your renovation/extension. It is essential to apply for grants before starting work to avoid disqualification. For further information on grants that may available to your build contact Citizens Information

Get a quote

One of the best ways to start your search is on the CIRI register. The register can be searched by geographical areas of location or the services that you wish to engage. Once you have identified a professional, you should start with a face-to-face meeting. This is your opportunity to inform them of your requirements and desires for the project. This process may require site visits to allow this professional gain a better understanding of the project and allow them to provide a preliminary estimate of cost.  Be sure to thrash out the specs before a contract is written—as part of the negotiations—and then make sure everything is listed as agreed. It also critical to have a budget for your project in mind that you can communicate clearly to the firm/professional that you hire.

Plan your budget

Building can be expensive. Chances are you may need a loan to begin your build and knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget. Always be aware of hidden building costs and set aside a contingency sum cover these should they arise.

Renovations and extensions can come in all shapes and sizes and a logical amount of research should be conducted before one proceeds.

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