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How to select a building firm

Choosing a builder

These days, it seems as if almost every TV channel has at least regular home improvement shows on schedule. It appears that the old adage “An Englishman’s home is his castle” has never been more apt – although we’d also like to extend that to women too of course! This obsession with property programmes seems rather peculiarly British, but luckily there’s something for everyone; from absolute disasters to DIY delights. Whatever the case, clearly these programmes make gripping viewing. However, the truth is that if you’re looking to make your property look fabulous, it’s rarely plain sailing. It’s very important to focus on the job in hand, even if the works cause a lot of disruption – you have to suffer to gain, as they say.

One of the key factors when it comes to making your property renovation go smoothly is to choose the right builder. We all know there are cowboys out there, so where better to start than with your friends and family contacts?  However, it’s important to be careful when it comes to directly employing your chums because of the direct stress you’ll be under. You may feel you can’t be as assertive as you could be if you hired someone you didn’t know and it can be very hard to criticise a friend – especially if they’ve offered you ‘mate’s rates’ so to speak. And of course if they have offered you a discount they may leave for a gig that pays more so the whole job may take longer. In a nutshell: hire a building firm that has absolutely no connection to you.
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Is it time to think about an extension?

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Whether to extend or move: this is the question on some homeowners’ minds at the moment.  No doubt this is a difficult decision to make in light of what is going on in the UK’s property market: prices are soaring and acquiring that larger property is becoming more difficult without substantial capital.  However, the good news is you don’t have to buy, you could just take the easier (in many ways) route and add a few home improvements or build an extension.  There are two main reasons for embarking on such an adventure and these are to either add value to your home, or to make the most of what you have.

extending a loft - home extension exampleMaxmimising unused space like the loft, can not only increase profit should you sell but give you or your children a special place to play in if you have them.  The good news is that whatever the economic climate, these types of improvements can prove to be invaluable.  With all the upheaval and monetary costs associated with moving, many homeowners are realising that it’s well worth swapping upgrading for improving.

To some people, the idea of extending the family home may well be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.  The important thing to remember is that regardless of whether you actually go through with your building project; a property with planning permission will always sell for more money than one without.  Luckily we’re here to give you a few tips, so before you go ahead with any changes to your property, here are a few things to consider:

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