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Extend Your Home the Easy Way With These Top Tips

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There comes a time when two no longer seems quite enough, as if your household isn’t quite complete. However, it’s not a decision to rush into, it’s something that you and your partner should take very seriously. 

There’s a lot of consider - the financial implications, the long hours and never-ending work, the stress and of course the mess. It’s not the right decision for everyone, and that’s OK too. Or perhaps it’s something to consider again in a few years. No-one will judge you if you decide not to take the plunge right now. 

However, if you do decide it’s time to extend your home, and add a third bedroom, you’ll need to do your homework. Whether it’s creating an extra bedroom, adding a conservatory or even a fully-fledged extension, adding to your existing floorspace will mean lots of work.

Just like having a baby, there’s the prep to do in advance and the fact it could take nine months before you see the end result. To help you decide whether now’s the right time, here are some questions you should be asking yourself...

How Will I Handle All the Mess?

If you’re someone who likes their home to be immaculate at all times, you’re probably going to be in for a bit of a shock. When you’re planning an addition, you’ll have to accept that things are going to be a bit different for a while. 

In the end, you’ll be able to sit back and coo over the end result so most people feel it’s worth the short-term pain of having a messy house. However, you don’t simply have to grit your teeth and put up with it, as a bit of planning will help keep the chaos to a minimum. 

Hiring a skip can help with the mess; you can simply throw any rubbish or clutter into it as you go along. It may seem like an extravagance but you’ll appreciate the efficiency that it will give you when you’re trying to get things done. 

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Before you decide whether or not to go ahead, sit down and plan the resources you have available. Make a list of everything that you’ll need; make sure you add in all the smaller items too as it’s surprising how quickly they can add up. Compare this to your budget to see what you can afford, and what needs to be crossed off

Preparation is Key

There’s no question that when it’s time to multiply, there’s going to be a strain on your finances. Underestimating the cost is a big mistake and could cause you huge problems; in some cases it could even put a strain on your relationship. 

Before you decide whether or not to go ahead, sit down and plan the resources you have available. Make a list of everything that you’ll need; make sure you add in all the smaller items too as it’s surprising how quickly they can add up. Compare this to your budget to see what you can afford, and what needs to be crossed off. 

If you’ve got lots of savings, you might not have any financial concerns. However, just make sure you have accurately planned and assessed how much it will cost - some people drastically underestimate the cost. 

Juggling Logistics

If you decide to go ahead, you will need to carefully consider how you’re going to live while you’re waiting to reap the fruit of your labour. The house may be chaotic and disordered and there’s lots likely to be going on. 

Some people cope with this better than others but if you find it difficult, you might want to stay with relatives for a break, or just take some time off work. Accept that life is going to be disruptive for a while and plan accordingly. 

For this reason, it’s always better to postpone this kind of decision if you’ve got something else major going on. If you’re in the middle of a big case at work or you’re vying for promotion, this kind of distraction could be a real hindrance. 

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When you think about it, making the decision to carry out home renovations really is just like having a baby in some ways: lots of extra mess, disruption to your way of life and you’ll need to spend your savings too!

What Will You Get Out Of It?

If you’re struggling to decide whether to go ahead, the fundamental question you should be asking yourself is: what will you get out of it? When you consider all of the factors, if it seems like a lot of expense and hard work for very little return, then perhaps it’s not right for your family, at least for the moment. 

This kind of project will gobble up your spare cash so to make it worthwhile you should be able to see a clear benefit. Maybe you can finally have that home office you’ve been craving for so long, or perhaps a spacious new kitchen. Both of these are great reasons to consider an expansion. However, if you’re simply adding extra room for the sake of it, you’d be better holding onto your cash until you know what you really want. 

Need Some Extra Advice? Talk to the Experts Today!

When you think about it, making the decision to carry out home renovations really is just like having a baby in some ways: lots of extra mess, disruption to your way of life and you’ll need to spend your savings too!

However, just like the patter of little feet, despite all the hard work and inconvenience, if you plan your home renovations thoroughly it could be one of the best decisions you ever make. You could end up adding real value to your property, as well as creating a relaxing living space. 

Home Logic have got some great ideas on extending your home, with flooring to roofs and everything in between! Check out their products today and get inspired to renovate your home today. Simply dial 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!