When you purchased your current home, the possibility of extending may have been a criteria on your desired wish list. Some purchasers consider potential to extend, in order to avoid another move in three to five years time, when the family has increased in numbers and another bedroom or reception room is required. Now that the time has arrived, the question is, do you extend or do you move house?
The answer to this will depend on three factors:
Before making that decision and minimising the possibility of running into problems, consider appointing a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to take you through the process from start to finish. The RICS is the world’s largest and oldest professional body for Chartered Surveyors. Using the services of an RICS members offers confidence because:
The options available to increase your living space, apart from the obvious extension, include loft and garage conversions and if you are lucky enough to have one, a basement conversion. All these possibilities will involve a feasibility and cost analysis by a Chartered Surveyor, who will advise you as to whether to proceed. The Chartered Surveyor will also have the expertise to deal with building regulations and final certification procedures, structural calculations and whether planning permission is required.
By employing a Chartered Surveyor to act as your agent, to oversee the extension/conversion, you will have a stress free extension, knowing that you are in the safe hands of an expert, who is familiar with the issues, as they arrive. For more information visit www.rics.org/.
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