Things to Consider Before Building a Home Extension

07 February 2020

A home extension is the best option for those who want to expand their living space. Moreover, extensions can be an avenue to address the lack of some rooms and areas from your initial home layout. Most of the time, home extensions can significantly boost the value, and at the same time, enhance the overall appearance of your home.

By home extensions, you are committing yourself to living in that house for at least a couple more years since it can cost you a significant amount of money. So, if you want to get your home extended, there are some things that you must consider first.

Property Boundary

If you are thinking of home extensions, you must first assess the available space that you have on your property. There are some cases where a homeowner has already extended his or her property, only to find out that this new area is sitting on top of his or her neighbour’s boundary. Usually, a backyard wall is built to signify the boundaries of your property. So, look after your boundary first before proceeding to the planning phase.

Access to the Site

Even with hard site access, some construction companies are still flexible on bringing their equipment and needed materials. However, others would charge you a lot if your property has a very limited access point. To avoid a very expensive home extension, you can check first the accessibility of your site from outside equipment and material deliveries so that you can have the opportunity to talk and negotiate with your construction. All the vehicles must at least reach your property so that they can unload large items and materials with ease.

Existing Services

To make sure that your home extension project will run smoothly, you must examine first your current services. Your utilities such as electricity, heating, and plumbing must be in good condition so that they can accommodate the extra power, heat, and water needed for the construction. The lack of these basic utilities could not only delay the project but would also cost you more.

Property Elements

Home extensions may take various forms. Some extensions may have to deal with creating a new pool area or expanding the outdoor patio area. Whatever your home extension plan is, you must see to it that you have given all the information needed to your construction company. Information such as soil conditions, surrounding trees and structures, and rights of way must be passed on to the hired construction company for an easier planning process.


Insurances from different construction companies have different styles of coverage while the contract is on. You see, some companies have additional benefits even after the construction is done. Before proceeding to your home extension plan, you must contact and talk with the insurer about all the things that are covered by them.

Looking out for these things can make your home extensions be finished quickly without any delays and incurring a lot of additional costs. To know more about some tips about home extensions, you can contact us at IKE Building.