Since there are housing shortages in most Australian cities, it can be difficult to find a suitable home to accommodate an expanding family. Fortunately, instead of moving, you can either reconfigure a house through renovating it, or an extension can be built onto your existing house. Here are four tips for adding on an extension to your home.

Determine Needs

Before hiring a contractor, figure out what you expect from having an extension built onto your home. If your family is growing, then you may need another bedroom and bathroom. While converting an attic or a garage into liveable space may work for some families, an extension can provide the room you need now and in the future.

Figure Out Financial Position

Most people will need to finance an extension onto their homes, so it’s important to determine if you can afford it. Calculate how much you can spend on an extension and how it will change your home’s value.

For instance, the cost of adding a bedroom to your home is approximately $50,000 to $70,000 for a 20-metre room, but doing so can increase your home’s value by up to $150,000. It’s a gain of about $80,000 to $100,000 onto your home’s current value. Work out the numbers and present them to lenders to help get financing for the project.

Hire an Architect or Designer

It is important to hire someone with expertise in designing house extensions in Perth, WA. Either an architect or building designer will be knowledgeable about structural issues, how to get permits for the project, and will make sure the project meets local and federal regulations. The architect or designer may work with a company that also has builders who can help with your project, or they can help you source a company that will do a good job building the extension.

Decide Where to Go

In many cases, you may need to move during some aspects of the building process. If so, you need to decide where you will go, how disruptive it is for you and your children’s lives, and plan your budget to account for the costs of accommodations. During the final stages of the project, you may be able to live in your house and work around the builders. However, during the demolition and main building phase, it could be too dangerous, dirty, and noisy to live in your house, especially if you have pets or children.

By doing some research and preparing for the extension, you can budget for the project and all its related costs, such as moving out of the house temporarily. Despite the disruption to your life and the added costs, adding an extension is usually cheaper than moving to another house.