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 to appropriate course of action. Trying to get quotes for plans that have not been passed is quite often pointless as the plans may have been changed or worse case are not passed at all.


  • After the plans have been passed it is then time to contact builders for quotes. It is always best to get more than one quote, but anymore than 3 is unnecessary as this wastes everybody’s time. When you have chosen whom to get quotes from send a copy of the plans to the builder once you have contacted them.


  • 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 more tradesmen.

  • Will you be able to work with them?

  • Do they understand what you are trying to achieve.

  • What have you got to organise and arrange.

  • What are their payment terms.

  • Is the builder fully insured and members of professional bodies.

A. G. Tilley & Sons Ltd

Building in the Harborough District since 1864 

Call 0116 279 1010

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"As we have said all along, the standard of workmanship is superb. The tradesmen you employ are the best.  We are thrilled with the finished product.  Refurbishment was new to us and could have been difficult but your organisation and expertise made it straightforward.  The communication was excellent."

“Whilst writing I would like to let you know how pleased we are, not only with the standard of work carried out, but also with the way in which you kept us informed. Please pass on our thanks to all those involved.  We will certainly be recommending you the next time we hear of anyone requiring work done.”

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