If you are willing to gain extra space then a house extension would be a great idea!
You can extend your home in a variety of ways not having to move out or throw away your goods.
Start from making a plan, make it simple in order to cut the cost of the extension. Curves and corners are very expensive to build that’s why its best to have your design be as simple as possible. A rectangle or square with a pitched roof would be the cheapest.
Besides from making a plan here are 5 ways you can cut the price:
- Stick to the plan
Plan every purchase and every step you will take. Why? Planning your purchase doesn`t only mean to make a list of objects you are willing to buy, but it also means any other products shouldn`t interest you besides the ones you have chosen because the price may change and you`ll have extra costs. It’s important to stick to the agreed design if you want to keep the budget down.
- Saving on products and services
One of the smartest ways to save is avoiding bespoke products. Design and create with off-the-shelf products, which is cheaper, as doors and windows come in standard sizes, however, it doesn`t mean that they’re poor quality. Avoid expensive construction materials and try roof lights instead of dormer windows.
Another thing worth mentioning is trying to avoid complicated groundwork. You don`t want to increase your costs because you’re building near trees, drains, sewers, or any other buried services.
- Be a contractor yourself
A builder for managing your project will add an additional 12-25% fee to the total cost of the work. Why not manage your own project instead? You will save money, your builder would only focus on his job and you would be able to control the whole situation. Even though it may take some time to feel your new role it may be a great way to save and gain new experience.
- Reuse, recycle and repair
Don`t throw away old floorboards, doors, radiators, towel rails, kitchen units etc. All of these objects can be cleaned up and reused or even sold. Buying products that are in good condition, but have been used before will cut down the costs. Second-hand items help us save money and our environment. For example, items that offer good value include roof tiles, bricks, internal doors, timber floorboards, fireplaces, and roll-top baths. Some people even look through others containers just to see if they haven`t thrown away anything useful from their home renovation.
Second-hand materials sold by private individuals will also be free of VAT.
It’s a good idea to ask builders where those from trade get their materials because usually, they get them for the trade prices. Also, try negotiating discounts, you have nothing to lose, you can only save more money. Buying end-of-line deals will save you a fortune, especially on home decorations and supplies. Big brand names also have big prices, try finding something with as good quality for less and stick to the basic specification not going high on demand like with heated floor.
There are lots of ways you can cut costs on house extensions in London like saving on VAT or doing the job yourself.