There are lots of reasons why you may need more space. You could have a growing family, you now work from home or you want to create a hobby room or somewhere to relax. Whatever the reason you will no doubt be considering whether moving or extending is the best option for you and your wallet.
There are some scenarios where moving is the only real option, especially if you are seeking more outside space or currently live somewhere where an extension just isn’t possible. However, if you love your current home but just need that bit of extra room then you may be better off staying where you are.
Moving house can be expensive, here are some of the costs associated with moving home:
- Stamp duty
- Solicitors fees
- Estate agents fees
- Any certifications you need e.g. energy rating
- DIY / dressing your home ready for sale
- Removal costs
- Redirecting mail
One of the biggest benefits of improving your existing home is that although there is an initial outlay, most projects will add the same value if not more to the sale price of your home in the future. If you have a lot of equity in your home then you may be able to re-mortgage too which can further reduce your initial outlay. Having said that, we always advise you seek professional financial advice as everyone’s circumstances are different.
Extending your Home
Look around your existing neighbourhood to see what work has already been done to similar homes. This will give you a good idea of what you can and can’t do from a planning point of view. Any existing work sets a precedent and so if planning permission is required (if it doesn’t fall under permitted development) then this can help you to present your case. If in doubt, MSK Design can help you gain permission if needed.
Extending can involve going outwards, upwards into the attic space or converting a garage. The type of work you decide on will depend on what the space is for, your budget and time constraints.
Be mindful that there will be a period of upheaval whilst work is taking place. You may be without amenities for periods of time so think carefully about when to plan the work in. This is one of the reasons, alongside the weather why many people have work done during the warmer, drier months.
If you are at home most of the day it may be a good idea to arrange to spend time with family or friends and if you work from home, a co-working space might be an option. It may be a little less comfortable for a while and if you can manage the noise and disruption, life can more or less go on as normal.
MSK Design can keep the process as stress free as possible for you by not only helping you design the right space for your needs but also dealing with everything from gaining planning permission, managing the work itself, through to building compliance. Find out more about how we can help you with your home extension or loft conversion.