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Extending your house rather than moving can give you the added benefits of extra space without the upheaval and hassle of moving home.

Maybe your growing family needs to spread out a bit more or your kitchen space is feeling more and more cramped, whatever type of extension you need, finding a reliable builder is the first step to making it a reality.

When you’re paying out tens of thousands of pounds, it’s definitely worthwhile to make some basic checks on builders who you’re getting quotes from.

House Extension Questions

Here are a few tips on what questions to ask extension building companies;
  • Are you a member of the Federation of Master Builders? (FMB)
  • Can I see any examples of your work locally?
  • Can you give me a detailed breakdown of what your quote includes?
  • What are your payment terms for the extension project?

Planning Permission for Extensions

There are different regulations in England, Scotland & Wales concerning the size and positioning of extensions and whether or not you need planning permission, so it’s best to seek professional advice from your local planning department.

Even if your extension doesn’t need planning permission, it’s common courtesy to inform your neighbours of your plans so they can prepare themselves for the noise and dirt that inevitably results from any building project.

Home extensions tip: Never hand over the total amount for your extension in advance, no matter how trustworthy the building company may seem.