5 Secrets Of A Successful Extension Build

5 Secrets Of A Successful Extension Build

Adding an extension to your home is a great way to add space and increase your home’s value. However, getting a home extension can be daunting. There is a lot to know and many opportunities to improve the process which you could easily overlook. This post will give you 5 tips for a more successful extension build from hiring tradesmen to managing finances. 

Speak With Your Neighbours

One of the biggest obstacles you can encounter on a build is your neighbours. Building an extension can be a disturbance to your neighbours and some people may take Umbridge with it. An objection from your neighbours can cause undue problems and disrupt your build and lead to additional costs. Try to mitigate this by speaking to your neighbours and getting them on side. 

Quantity Surveying And Cost Plans

Quantity surveyors can work with private homeowners on extension builds. Hiring professionals to assist you and guide you through the process can be one of the best investments you make in your extension project. As well as guiding you through the process, quantity surveyors can also produce a costing plan and help you stick to it. It is extremely easy for costs to add up and to quickly go over your intended budget when building an extension. By investing in professional help you can make sure you optimally use your funds wisely and stay on budget. 


Once you have an idea of the cost of your extension you need to consider how you are going to fund it. There are many options and which is best for you depends on your specific circumstance. Usually, this type of investment is covered or partially covered by savings. However, smaller projects can use credit cards to cover some of the cost.

If you take this route, consider taking advantage of 0% interest periods where possible. For larger projects, you may require a loan. Beyond this, mortgage or re-mortgaging may be the route for you. alternatively, building societies can offer home improvement loans.


It is possible to select your own tradespeople if you wish to. You do not have to pick the full workforce but if you have a particular plumber in mind then be sure to decide on this early. You will need to communicate this with the main contractor. Depending on your specific situation your contractor may oblige and coordinate with your chosen independent tradesmen. However, they may not want to take on the work of managing additional tradesmen they don’t know.

Ordering Materials

Don’t panic, we are not saying you have to start figuring out the logistics of transporting bricks to your home. Your contractor will take care of this. However, there are some things you may want to order yourself. Depending on the intended use of the room you may need to factor in long lead times on things such as bathrooms and kitchens. The lead times on these can be several months which should be factored into the project. On the other hand, furniture can typically wait. Ordering these too early leaves you needing to store them until the project is completed. 

If you are looking to expand your home with an extension be sure to consider the tips in this guide. There is a lot that goes into an extension build and if you have never gone through the process before you may miss some of the things which help the process run more smoothly. With the tips in this guide, your experience building an extension can improve immensely.