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Hiring an Architect and Extending Your Home to Add Value to Your Property

By LauraCampbell Subscribe to RSS | February 18th 2012 | Views:
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You can add value to your property simply by making certain extensions. Many estate agents believe that extending your house, be it in the form of digging down, building, extending out or within, increases the value of your property. Importantly, this will only be so, if it is done correctly and for obvious right reasons.

In order to start the extension, it is always better to have a clear idea of the extra space you want, where you want it and why. You should consider your needs. See if you need an extra room, an extra bathroom or just that your kitchen is small. Mostly people look for a house with more than one bathroom. So if there is an extra room, it can be converted into one.

You must also have a clear picture of what you want. For this purpose it is good to do a little homework. Take notes of what your friends and neighbors have done, read interior magazines, take style tips from the famous and rich or simply research online.

Hiring a good architect

It is always advisable to start by hiring a good architect. You must do a research on people capable getting the job done. Take into consideration their charges and also see if that particular person is picking what you want him to do. The architect will work out a master plan for you. Make sure that you keep the changes in accordance with the style in the rest of your home. Try to be adventurous.

You must ensure that the bricks used for extension match with the earlier ones.

Importantly, to get the extension done, you must get the planning permission. As buildings should not exceed the permitted parameters.

Digging down and making use of limited space

Digging down is becoming very popular because of the planning restrictions. This is particularly done in properties which have a limited space. In order to get the natural light you can have light wells, these however will cost a lot. Alternatively you can hire a lighting designer to install the lights in all the right spots and create a nice ambiance.

This is however a costly process. You will have to hire specialists like, surveyors, damp proofing experts, engineers etc. It is even possible that you might consider getting a new home because of the lack of space and because of the expense and hassle involved in digging deep. At the same time the process can add significant value to your property, if carried out correctly.

LauraCampbell - About Author:
Laura Campbell is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on property in edinburgh, please visit flats to rent edinburgh.

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