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First steps for building / extending


If you are considering a new build or extension but are not quite sure what to do first, the following tips may help you:



  • Once you have decided to build a house or extension, search for an architect to draw up the plans for the work. It is important that you feel the architect is in tune with your wishes and that you can communicate well together. If you don’t, you could end up having an extension that does not suite your lifestyle or requirements.


  • Once the plans have been drawn up they need to be entered for planning permission and building regulations. This all depends on what you are having done, although the architect will guide you through this process. If you have any queries whether you require planning permission contact the local building control and they will be able to direct you on the appropriate course of action. Trying to obtain quotes for plans that have not been passed can prove to be fruitless as the plans may be changed considerably or even worse, they may not achieve permission.


  • After the plans have been passed it is then time to contact builders for quotes. It is always best to obtain more than one quote, but anymore than three is usually unnecessary. When you have selected who you will approach to obtain a quote, send a copy of the plans through so that the project can be discussed. This will help you to achieve more accurate pricing and talk over the nuances and expectations of your project. 


  • When you have received the quotes they need to be compared using many different factors. It all depends on your budget, time scale and most of all your personal preference, as the builders will be entrusted with your home.




Some other things to think about when choosing a contractor: -


  • Cheapest doesn’t mean best.

  • Check what is and is not included in the quote.

  • When can they start?

  • Are they a one-man band or do they have a team of tradesmen?

  • Will you be able to work with them?

  • Do they understand what you are trying to achieve?

  • What are you responsible for arranging and organising? 

  • What are the payment terms?

  • Are they fully insured and members of professional bodies?

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A. G. Tilley & Sons Ltd
Building in the Harborough District since 1864
Call 0116 279 1010

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