When you buy a building to live or work in, chances are you’re going to want to put your own mark on it. You will have your own preferences in terms of layout, decor, colour schemes and decoration, which you will want to be reflected in your property. If you are in the process of buying a property, or you already own one that you’d like to improve, here are some of the most important things to think about:
- Is your property listed? If it is, you might not be allowed to make certain alterations. These are usually structural, but in some areas, there will be certain rules covering other aspects of a building’s exterior. It is worth having a full understanding of these rules before you buy.
- Do you have the right planning permission? Make sure you have the right permission for every stage of the work. Unless you are experienced in property law yourself, it is advisable to contact an expert who will be able to guide you through the process.
- Are you looking to create more space? Think outside the box here – there are many ways in which you can add to the space you have. Think about expanding upwards as well as outwards, using loft space to create a workable room. If this isn’t an option, a traditional extension or even a conservatory or sun room can work beautifully.
- How much work will be required? Get a comprehensive quotation for all of the work that will need doing. If you are carrying it out yourself, make sure you fully understand what will need doing and keep track of your progress. It’s important that you know what is needed so that time plans and budgets don’t spiral out of control.