Planning A Building Extension
Are you planning a garden building, house extension, property refurbishment or barn conversion project with a builder in the near future? If so it’s essential to prepare adequately for a smooth and successful journey.
The most important first step for anyone planning a house extension is to create a tender document pack for builders. This will be a collection of contracts, schedules, plans, agreements and receipts that includes the working conditions and legal rights or obligations, as well as detailing the building costs and schedule of work that is to be carried out.
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Essential Steps Before Starting Your Extension
Here, we’ve compiled valuable tips and advice based on the experiences and insights shared by fellow homeowners who have gone through similar projects.
By following these essential tips and advice, you can navigate the preparations for your extension project more effectively. With proper planning and communication, you’ll be better equipped to ensure a successful and stress-free experience.
Inform Your Insurance and Mortgage Providers
One of the first things you should do is inform your home insurance and mortgage providers about your upcoming extension project. Keeping them in the loop ensures that your insurance remains valid during construction, and it can also help you understand any potential impact on your mortgage.
Get a Written Agreement with the Builder
It’s crucial to have a written agreement with your builder that outlines the project scope, timeline, and payment schedule. Ensure there’s a retention amount to be held back for a specified duration after project completion. This retention can protect you against potential issues that may arise post-construction.
Assess Your Boiler’s Capacity
With the increased demand on your heating system due to the additional floor space, it’s wise to check whether your boiler can cope. Consider consulting a heating engineer to evaluate if any upgrades or adjustments are needed to maintain an adequate and efficient heating supply.
Party Wall Agreement
If your extension project involves work on a shared wall with your neighbors, it’s essential to have a party wall agreement in place. This legal agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties and helps prevent disputes during construction.
Verify Builder’s Public Liability Insurance
Ask your builder for copies of their public liability insurance. This insurance provides protection against accidents and damage during the construction process, ensuring you won’t be held liable for any unexpected incidents.
Notify Building Control
Inform your local building control office at least 48 hours before construction commences. Compliance with building regulations is essential to ensure the safety and structural integrity of your extension.
Consider having a proper building contract in place. For domestic projects, the JCT minor works form of contract is recommended. Seek professional advice if you’re unfamiliar with the contract requirements.
Consider Retention Money
Retaining a portion of the payment for a few months after project completion can serve as an added layer of protection. This retention can be used to address any issues that may arise during the initial months after construction.
Check Planning Permissions
Ensure that your extension plans have been approved and that all necessary planning permissions are in place before construction begins.
Consider a Contingency Plan
It’s wise to have a contingency plan in case of unexpected delays or issues during construction. Having a financial buffer and a plan in place can help you stay prepared for unforeseen circumstances.
Communicate with Your Neighbors
Maintain open communication with your neighbors to keep them informed about the project’s timeline and potential disruptions. Being considerate can help prevent conflicts.
Site Management and Oversight
Decide if you’ll be managing the project yourself or hiring a project manager. Effective site management is crucial for a successful extension project.
Materials and Specifications
Determine the specific materials and specifications for your project, such as face bricks or any other finishing details. This planning can help avoid last-minute decisions and potential delays.
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