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The 10 Most Expensive Home Repairs

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One of the downsides of being a homeowner is that you have to pay for any property repairs out of your own pocket. While some repairs are fairly cheap, others can be incredibly expensive. Below are 10 of the most expensive home repairs that you should try to avoid as a homeowner (as well as tips on how to prevent them/lower the cost).

Repairing your home’s foundations

Foundation repairs are typically very expensive. Minor cracks may only cost a few hundred dollars to repair. However, jobs like underpinning for more serious foundation damage can cost a lot more – on average between £7,500 and £9,500.

It’s best to get any foundation problems checked out early before settling and sinking occurs – signs like cracks and doors that don’t shut/open are telltale early signs. The longer you leave damaged foundations, the higher the repair costs (plus you could be putting your household in danger by increasing the risk of it collapsing). Always hire a qualified contractor that specialises in foundation repairs.

Foundation problems often occur as a result of bad soil conditions beneath the home – investing in good guttering or french drains can stop soil from getting waterlogged. You should also avoid planting trees too close to your home as roots can interfere with foundations. A home survey when buying a property is also very important as it could help you avoid taking on a property with poor foundations. 

Rewiring electrics

If your home has old or botched wiring, you may need to pay to rewire your home. This job can vary in cost depending on the size of your home. A two bed house for example usually costs between £1500 and £3000 to rewire. Five bedroom houses can meanwhile cost between £7000 and £9000. 

You should always hire a qualified electrician to rewire your home. The best way to save money is often to shop around for quotes. Adding in lots of new outlets will increase the cost.

There’s not much you can do to prevent a full home rewire other than not moving into a home with old electrics. A surveyor will be able to warn you if a property has poor electrics before buying an old house. 

Installing new pipes

On top of needing new wiring, some homes need new pipes. The cost depends on the scale of the job. Replumbing a bathroom typically costs between £1000 and £2000. If you’re replumbing a whole home meanwhile, you could spend anywhere between £10,000 and £20,000 depending on the size of the home.

It’s safest to hire a professional plumber rather than trying to install new piping yourself if you have no plumbing experience. That said, you may be able to save money by shopping for piping yourself – you can buy parts like 15mm copper tube online (just make sure you know exactly which parts you need). Always shop around for quotes before carrying out a big plumbing job.

You can reduce the need to replace pipes by getting any plumbing issues fixed early. Minor issues like blockages can be cleaned out while small leaks may be easily patched up without replacing the entire pipe. Low water pressure and odd smelling/oddly coloured water are early signs to look out for. 

Replacing your roof

Small repairs like replacing a few tiles can often be quite cheap. However, a full roof replacement is almost always an expensive job. The overall cost depends very much on the size and style of your roof. For example, a new flat roof on a small garage may cost no more than £1000. However, a 2 valley hip roof on a detached home could cost anywhere between £6,750 and £7,250 to replace.

While you can attempt some roof repairs yourself, it’s best to hire roofing experts when carrying out a replacement. Always shop around for quotes and think carefully about the type of roofing material (asphalt shingle is a lot cheaper than a premium material like slate). 

By looking after your roof, you can delay the need for a roof replacement. This could include getting your roof inspected and cleaned every few years. Check out this post for a few signs that your roof needs attention

Repairing water damage/removing mold

Water damage restoration and mold remediation can be very costly too. In severe cases, where water has damaged multiple rooms or there is serious mold growth, it could cost as much as £10,000.

You should always shop around for quotes when repairing water damage or removing mold. When it comes to minor damage, it may be possible to carry out repairs yourself.

To avoid these repairs, it’s worth taking early action against rainwater or plumbing leaks. The longer a leak is allowed to occur, the more damage it will do. Expensive water damage restoration jobs are often the result of flooding – if you live in a high-risk flood zone, make sure that your home is suitably protected against floods. 

Replacing your HVAC/boiler

Heating and cooling systems can be expensive to replace. Replacing an old boiler with a new good quality boiler typically costs £1000 or more, while biomass boiler replacements can cost over £7000. Replacing an HVAC system can meanwhile cost anywhere between £3000 and £11,000. 

This is a job that should always be carried out by a professional. The cost can depend very much on the type of boiler or HVAC system that you choose as a replacement.

You can delay replacing your HVAC or boiler by regularly servicing it to extend its life. HVAC systems can last for many more years if kept clean – make sure you’re servicing them annually. 

Replacing siding

If your home has siding that needs replacing, expect to pay a lot of money for new cladding. The average cost to reclad a home using upvc is about £1500 to £2100. 

Some people attempt to reclad their home themselves, however you may prefer to hire a professional. You can save money by shopping around for prices and by carefully considering which cladding material you use.

Avoid the need for cladding replacement by keeping your current cladding clean. If you have wooden cladding on your home, make sure that it is regularly resealed. 

Replacing decking/patio

Thinking of replacing your old decking or patio? New decking could cost between £1000 and £2000, while a new patio could cost between £900 and £2500.

If you’re willing to put your DIY skills to the test, you could save money on hiring contractor by replacing decking and patio slabs yourself. You can also save money by shopping around for materials. 

Decking and patio maintenance can extend the life of your patio or decking, preventing the need for a replacement. This includes annual cleaning and, in the case of decking, resealing.

Laying a new driveway

Once driveways become severely damaged, it’s often best to replace them entirely. This can cost anywhere between £2000 and £10,000 depending on the size and surface material of the driveway

It’s possible to save money by laying a driveway yourself so long as you know what you’re doing. You should also consider the driveway surface material – gravel and tarmac are much cheaper than block paving and concrete.

Look after your driveway to reduce the need for a future replacement. This includes cleaning it and getting rid of weeds.

Repairing a septic tank

Septic tanks aren’t too common. However, if your home does have one of these, you should financially prepare yourself for any replacement – cost of septic tank installation can be anywhere between £2500 and £5000.

You should hire a professional to install a septic tanks. Save money by shopping around for quotes and by considering the septic tank model.

Septic tanks should be regulalry inspected. This can allow you to spot problems early and get repairs done, preventing the need for a full replacement. 

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4 Ways To Make Moving Day Less Stressful

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Moving house is a big project and undertaking. While it’s an exciting time in your life it might also be quite an overwhelming event for you. Avoid feeling anxious and stressed out by planning ahead and taking actions that will make you feel at ease as you approach your move date.

There are four ways to make moving day less stressful and hard on you so you can have a positive experience. Put these suggestions into practise and you’ll discover that the process of moving house isn’t as bad as you thought it was going to be.

1. Make Sure You’re Organised

Make moving day less stressful by making sure you’re organised and aren’t trying to complete tasks at the last minute. Start preparing as early as possible and gather all the supplies you’ll need to pack when moving house. Declutter the items you no longer want so you don’t have to move them and have less stuff to transport overall. Label your boxes and make sure you know where they’ll go in your new property as you move in. Create to-do lists and timelines so that you understand what needs to get done and can stay on track.

2. Enlist Help

Trying to move all alone is a lot of work and may increase your stress levels. Instead, reach out and enlist help from others to take some pressure off of you. For example, you can ask friends or family to help you pack and hire Two Men And A Truck to take care of all the heavy lifting on moving day. The more and right type of help you have the easier moving house will be on you. It’s all about having a plan and knowing which tasks you want to delegate to others.

3. Clear Your Schedule

Trying to move and work a job is a recipe for you feeling a lot of stress and anxiety. Instead, plan ahead and clear your schedule so that you can focus all your time, attention, and energy on moving day. Make it less stressful of an experience by working ahead at the office and having coworkers cover for you so you don’t have to answer the phone or email messages while you’re trying to move house. Get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a healthy breakfast so that you’re ready to go and full of energy.

4. Take Time to Prepare Your New Home

Another way to make moving day less stressful is to take time to prepare your new home in advance. For example, you may want to apply fresh paint to the walls or have your carpets professionally cleaned before moving day rolls around. It’ll be less overwhelming to move into your new property when it’s in good shape and all you have to do is place your labeled boxes in the right rooms. The fewer tasks you have to do and address on moving day the better so make sure this project is top of mind for you and you take care of necessary responsibilities before you move in.

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Buying Your First Home: Quick Tips to Protect Your Investment

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Buying a new home is very exciting, especially if it’s your first one. The process is often stressful, but finally moving into your new home makes it all worth it. When you first move in, you’re probably too preoccupied with getting settled to think about some of the practical aspects of owning a home. But when you’re ready to start getting stuck into homeownership, there are some steps you will probably want to take in order to protect your new home. The sooner you can do these things, the quicker you can start to enjoy being a homeowner without worrying too much.

Make Repairs

You’re pretty lucky if you move into a new home and there are zero repairs for you to make. They might only be minor repairs, but you should still take care of them as soon as you can. So now might be the right time to look for the best plumber to take care of any leaks or to hire someone to reseal around your window frames. Fixing these small things now can help to prevent larger problems in the future. Repairing plumbing problems, for example, can prevent water damage, which could cost a lot more to fix.

Get Good Insurance

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Home insurance is vital if you want to protect your investment. In fact, many mortgage lenders will expect you to have a policy in place before you move in. Make sure you take out insurance not just for the building but also for everything in it. Of course, there’s a difference between having any home insurance policy and having a good one. It’s worth spending some time comparing your options and looking for a policy that works for you. Don’t just base your choice on price. You should understand the terms and conditions and how and when the policy will cover you.

Change the Locks

Changing the locks when you move into a new home isn’t compulsory. Hopefully, the previous owners have given you all the keys. However, it can definitely give you peace of mind if you change the locks. You’ll know for certain that no one else has keys to your home, except for your family and whoever else you might choose to give one to. It doesn’t have to be too expensive and it will make your home more secure. It also gives you the chance to upgrade the locks to something more modern or even revamp your doors.

Create a Maintenance Schedule

There’s a lot that can go into caring for a home. The best way to take care of a property is to carry out maintenance so that you can help to prevent any bigger problems from occurring. And because there are multiple tasks that you might have to complete throughout the year (or sometimes less often), a written maintenance schedule can help you. You could also use a calendar to schedule certain things so you get reminders when you need them.

When you buy your first home, take steps to protect your investment so that you can help it keep its value, as well as make sure it remains a nice place to live.

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How To Freshen Up Your Home For Springtime

Spring has arrived, and there is no greater feeling than lighter nights and warmer days. It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning knowing that the sun will be shining and that the daylight will stay much longer. 

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 The only problem is, when the good weather comes, we can see problem areas in our homes much more easily. However, there are some simple fixes to ensure our homes are as fresh as the weather itself. Read on to find out more.

Move House

Moving house might seem like an extreme reaction to springtime coming around and wanting a fresher place to live, but if it’s something you’ve been thinking about for a while now, spring is a good time to start getting serious. 

 There are usually more properties on the market during this time of the year, often because, after being shut inside all winter, people are ready for something new. This means that, although you’ll have competition, you’ll also have a lot of choice when you start looking for somewhere to live. If you really want something fresh and new, a new home from Bellriver Homes will fit the bill nicely. 

 Embrace The Natural Light

Allowing as much natural light as possible to enter the house is crucial. This will make you feel good, and it will brighten up the space, and since there is so much natural light at this time of year, it’s wise to use it as much as you can. 

 Of course, there can be obstacles. However, you can increase the amount of sunshine entering the yard and house by installing bigger windows, removing window coverings, or cutting back any tall plants that might be in the way.

 Also, make sure you clean your windows regularly. When we take on the task of cleaning our homes, we often overlook the windows, yet it’s likely there are smudges and marks on every pane. Why leave them there when you can just throw on some gloves, grab some clothes, and wipe the windows clean? And, because it’s spring, it doesn’t hurt to open them up and allow some fresh air and warm sunlight in.

 Add Greenery

Plants can add life and colour to a room, making it seem more like a home. Certain varieties improve air quality and provide a mild, natural scent that rivals any synthetic air freshener and will unquestionably make your house look and feel fresh.

 Being outside in nature has been shown to alleviate stress and refresh your body and mind. Although it is not the same as wandering through a forest, introducing plants into your house may help you feel better at the end of the day. The ability of plants to filter the air also benefits your general health, allowing you to cope with stress more effectively.

 Rethink Your Layout

You can dramatically change the flow of a space with a pen, paper, and a little muscle. Plan an entirely new layout using your current furniture. This could mean placing your couch near a window or bringing furniture closer together and away from the walls. Don’t be afraid to bring in accent furnishings from other rooms or exchange artwork from one room to the next. You’ll be amazed at how fresh everything feels, and it won’t even cost you anything to do. 

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5 tips when you want a loft conversion

Over the last number of years we have been renovating our 1970s built house and the final piece of the project was the attic/ loft conversation.  The purpose of the room for us was a play space/ games room for the boys.

My husband works in construction so we were starting the project with some basic knowledge and a rough idea of loft conversion costs.  We have finished our conversion now and are really thrilled with the end result, the kids especially love the cool chill out space.  I thought armed with this experience, I would share some tips we have gleaned as part of our conversion:

Check it’s suitable 

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One thing I didn’t fully appreciate until we started our project was that not all lofts are suitable for a conversion, for example you might not have enough head space or roof height. Also do consult local planning laws to see if permission is required.

Use a reputable builder 

Work like an attic conversion will likely require structural work so it is imperative you use a reputable builder with the requisite insurances in place. It would be no harm to chat to any neighbours who have had it done to 1) view the finished product and 2) get a personal recommendation

Consider the time of year 

We needed some quite substantial work done on our roof, which involved scaffolding and lifting off the roof tiles temporarily while the windows were fitted. For that very reason we opted to do it during the summer months to minimise the house being left exposed to the elements.

Factor in access to the loft 

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Once the loft becomes a liveable space, a pull down ladder will likely not be sufficient.  In order for us to put in the full stair case we had to loose some of our box room but that was a sacrifice we were willing to make for the extra loft space.

An extra bathroom?

We decided against it in the end but one thing that is well worth considering is whether you can stretch the budget to add an additional bathroom as part of the loft conversion.  If every house is like ours, you can never have enough bathrooms!!!

 

Hopefully this has been some help if you are thinking of considering an attic conversion. Having come out the far side it has been totally worth it for us.

 

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How to Spruce Up Your Patio in 5 Simple Steps

If you want to create a backyard oasis, the first step is to take a good look around your house and see what needs improving. Then, you might consider hiring a professional landscaper or taking on some DIY projects yourself. Patios can be a great space for hanging out with friends, playing games like corn hole or bocce ball, and relaxing after a long day at work. Don’t let your patio get stale when there are so many cool things you can do to it – here’s how!

#1 Fix up your furniture

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The first step is to take a look at your furniture and see what needs to be fixed up or replaced. An excellent way to start is by adding some new cushions, pillows, and blankets. You can also paint your old furniture or add some fun accessories like umbrellas or string lights.

If you have any broken pieces of furniture, now is the time to fix them up or replace them altogether. There are so many great patio sets on the market these days that it’s easy to find something perfect for your space. If you’re on a budget, consider fixing up your old set with a fresh coat of paint or some new hardware.

#2 Add some plants and flowers

Adding some color to your space is a great way to enhance the look of your patio. Of course, colorful flowers are always a good option, but they can be expensive and require quite a bit of upkeep. Luckily there are plenty of other options that offer a big impact for less money!

Plants like ferns or cacti make an excellent addition, especially if you have no green thumb whatsoever. 

You can also try growing vegetables in pots on your patio – it’s easy to do with just some seeds, soil, and water each day. Finally, when shopping for containers or flowerpots, pick up some colorful accents like bright stones or ceramic frogs, so everything ties together nicely when done decorating. The possibilities really depend on what kind of vibe you are going for – are you looking to create a zen space or something more colorful?

#3 Bring in some outdoor lighting

If you’re looking for a way to create some ambiance on your patio, outdoor lighting is the perfect solution. String lights are always nice because they can be hung just about anywhere and are easy to set up even if you have no experience working with electricity.

You could also try using lanterns or candles. Just make sure all candle holders are made of heat-safe materials so that they don’t get hot enough to catch anything else on fire! Finally, you might want to invest in permanent fixtures like sconces since these tend not only to look great but will last longer without needing replacement.

#4 Create an outdoor living space

To really bring your patio to life, try adding outdoor furniture such as patios sets. This is a step that will require some planning ahead of time so you can order furniture or figure out how big everything needs to be based on the measurements of your yard! If there’s not enough room for an entire dining table and chairs, consider buying two separate tables – one with chairs attached and another portable one that can be moved around as needed. You could also consider installing benches with Cutting Mats if you’d like to tackle a project like this on your own!

Also, think about what kind of accessories you want to have included in this area, like side tables or lighting fixtures, potted plants, etc. Once it’s all put together, nothing beats sitting outside enjoying dinner under the stars!

#5 Invest in a fire pit or grill

One of the best things about having a patio is that you can cook outdoors! A good way to make your patio even more enjoyable is by investing in a fire pit or grill. This will give you a place to hang out and relax while cooking dinner, and it’s also perfect for those colder nights when you want to stay outside a little longer.

There are so many different types of grills and pits available on the market these days that it’s easy to find something perfect for your needs. If you’re looking for something portable that you can take with you camping or tailgating, there are plenty of great options there too. No matter what you choose, be sure to read up on how to use it safely before starting any fires.

Now that you have some ideas, it’s time to get started on sprucing up your patio! These are just a few of the many ways you can create a space you’ll love spending time in. So get creative and have fun with it – after all, it’s your own personal oasis right outside your door!

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How to Keep Your House Warm this Winter: Tips and Strategies

There are many ways to keep your house warm this winter, but how do you know which ones will work best? Of course, that is a question that every homeowner asks. Whether it’s using curtains, timers on your central heating system, or installing radiator valves- there are plenty of options available.

Here are the most effective tips and strategies for staying cozy during the cold months.

Use curtains

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Curtains are a great way to keep your house warm in the winter. They help insulate your windows and stop any cold air from getting in. Make sure you close your curtains when it gets dark outside so that you can take advantage of the heat that’s been trapped inside during the day.

When purchasing your curtains, consider the following factors:

Thickness

Thicker curtains are better at keeping the cold out. However, if your windows are very drafty, you may want to consider buying lined or thermal-backed curtains too. *Tip: Use a pair of draught excluders below each door.

Avoid white cotton/linen – they’re not great insulators and will let heat escape through them quickly in wintertime. Instead, opt for thicker material like velvet which is much warmer. Make sure that any lining complies with UK fire regulations if it has one.

If you have children or pets who might play around the window sill when taking down your curtains, here is what to do, line your curtain rod with an extra layer of fabric, so there’s no risk of them falling.

Pattern

Large, bold patterns are better at keeping the heat in. Geometric shapes and large images will also provide insulation from cold drafts. This means that choosing a patterned fabric for your curtains may be more beneficial than opting for plain white or cream – especially if you have children who love to play with their toys by an open window.

If there is no pattern on your curtain, then it’s good to add faux panels using another material such as felt or lining, which can help insulate any windows without obstructing light coming through them.

Use Timers on Your Central Heating

One of the best ways to make sure your house is warm enough this winter is to use timers on your central heating. This will mean that you don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s on, and you can set it to come on a few hours before you get home so that your house is nice and warm when you arrive.

Wrapping Up Warm

One of the easiest ways to stay warm this winter is by wearing layers and wrapping yourself up as if it was a blanket. However, it’s essential not to wear any tight clothing because it may restrict blood flow and make you more likely to catch a cold or, even worse: frostbite. So grab those thick socks, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, scarves, and hats; put on some rosy cheeks too, and don’t forget two pairs of gloves—one for working with hot water bottles, and one just for going outside.

Conclusion

The winter season is here, and it can be challenging to keep warm. The best way to stay warm this winter is by keeping your house and room heated by following the tips above.

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Winter Warmer: How to make your house cheaper to run

A typical home could save around €300 a year by being more energy efficient. Many of these measures are ‘low or no’ cost or simply about changing how you do things around the house – and the good news is these measures will continue to keep saving you money year after year. Before considering how you can take action to ensure your home is energy efficient, you can check that you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to by contacting Citizens Information . This can be a big help when you are beginning to upgrade and adjust your home. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) also provide a wide range of grants to help you upgrade your home, making it warmer, cosier and more energy efficient

You should also make sure that you have the best energy deal. If you haven’t switched in over a year it’s likely you are paying more than you should be. to. Using an online comparison tool is the quickest, easiest way to find out if you could be paying less on your bills.

If you have already checked your deal and what benefits you’re entitled to, you can now look at practical ways to help you house run cheaper:


Encourage short showers over baths


Having a bath is a costly affair. No matter how long you soak, you will have used up a lot of energy for the experience. A shower is much more efficient, and we can control the costs by the time we spend showering. If you reduce the average shower from 8 minutes to 4 minutes, you can save a healthy amount of money on your bills. You also use less water, which is good for the environment.

Wash clothes on a lower temperature


We tend to wash our clothes too often, and they are hardly dirty. Running a hot wash is a significant waste of energy, considering the same results could be achieved on a colder cycle. Most washing powders are now designed to be effective at 30 degrees, and this could result in a significant saving on your utility bill each month.

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Three Tips To Get You Started on Home Ownership

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Paying rent can be a hustle, especially when you live in a house you had settled for because you couldn’t find what you wanted in the market then. However, having saved up some money or got a better job, you are looking to move again and are wondering how you’ll go about it.  These simple tips will help you get started on the home-owning process.

Determine Your Budget For The New Home

Consider your salary, monthly earnings, or savings for your dream house and how much you spend monthly. With that information, find out how much you can put aside for a new place without straining yourself. Try not to push yourself to the limit of your financial resources. 

In addition to the monthly mortgage payment, keep in mind that there will be additional expenditures to consider, such as taxes.

It is crucial that you also know that these payments will remain constant over time. If the situation changes for you, say you retire or get laid off, you’ll still need to account for them. So allow some wiggle room in your budget so you may enjoy your ideal house for many years to come.

Find An Ideal Home For You

Explore several listings available in your prepared budget . Seeking the services of a real estate agent will smoothen this process. They will help you by bringing to your attention several house options they feel are most suited to your needs. Whether you would like to live in a modern urban design, or a spacious suburban house with a lawn, an excellent real estate agent will be able to direct you to a selection of homes you might like.

Take your time and go through the houses. Since you are going to spend most of your time in the house, don’t be afraid of turning down house offers that don’t tick off items on your dream house checklist. You deserve to be fully satisfied with the home; hence it should feel like it was built just for you.

Unlike any other real estate acquisition, looking for your dream home will bring its own unique set of challenges. You’ll want to look for a property that will keep you and your household satisfied for the long haul. Don’t be scared to be choosy, and wait until you locate the appropriate place for you, no matter how long it takes.

Decide on a Payment plan

Once you have already picked the house that you want, It is time to decide on how you are going to pay for the house. If you are not paying for the house with cash, your next best option is a mortgage. Taking a mortgage will help you actualize your dream home without necessarily straining your finances.

You could employ the services of a mortgage broker, who will help you know whether you qualify for a mortgage loan to finance your dream home. They will ask you questions about your earnings and savings, check your bank statements and credit score to determine how much financing you can get. Additionally, they would advise you on where to get mortgage loans with the best interest rates.

Conclusion

The giant leap into house hunting is both an exciting and daunting one. Hopefully, this blog post has given you insight into the basics you need to know as you dive into the market. Although this is by no means a definitive list, deciding on a budget to work with, finding your ideal home, and deciding how you will pay for it are the three basic steps you need to know as you prepare to look for your dream house.

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8 Tips When You Want To Extend Your House

Are you looking for ways to extend your house? You can either hire an architect or designer to do it for you, but there are also other tips that you can use if you want to save money. Learning how to extend your house without spending too much money is not as easy as it may sound. However, with the proper planning and the right attention to detail, you will surely be able to pull it off. Let’s check out what these 8 tips are so that hopefully, we all get to learn something new here today.

If you are planning to extend the size of your house, here are 8 things that you need to know.

1) Make sure that your local council says it’s okay

Planning permission is needed before you can start building an extension on a property in the UK. Check out what you need to know about planning permission for more information.

2) Know how much it will cost

Check with your local tradesman or architect for costs, especially if you think there might be problems gaining permissions. Additional payments due to mortgages should not hamper your cash flow.

3) Scale back during the recession

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It was enough to keep people awake at night – not knowing what was happening at one of Europe’s biggest banks. One thing that stood still was building a considerable extension to a house in London.

4) Keep calm and carry on!

When times are tough, you can scale back your plans by reducing costs or taking them further, but only once you have the necessary permissions.

5) Keep it simple – big is not always best

There may be situations where you might want to extend your property, but there would be limits on how much work could be achieved. It’s essential to keep these areas in mind as changes might need to be made later when the economy improves again. However, this isn’t always possible due to time constraints and the extra costs of alterations.

6) Careful with that wrecking ball!

Make sure you have got all the necessary permissions before starting work because, if not, there is a chance that your plans will be scrapped. In addition, it could result in both yourself and the architects being hit with hefty legal fees.

7) Get a survey

If you haven’t done so already, get a survey to check the property has no underlying problems or issues which might need further investigation. You can then contact an insurance company to get a quote for home insurance, including any extensions that have been made.

8) Think about how long it will take (and when you’ll need somewhere to live!)

If existing residents live in your house when making changes, they will need somewhere to stay during the work. This could mean turning your home into a building site for months or even years! It’s important to understand that you might need planning permission for temporary structures like scaffolds. If you plan to move out of the house while this is happening, some companies can provide an apartment should something be built first.

In Conclusion

Extending your house can be a considerable investment, both in terms of time and money. Make sure you are fully aware of what is involved before starting any work. Taking the time to plan everything out properly will save you a lot of hassle and heartache further down the line. Good luck!

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