Develop a Property Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions from Buy to Let Landlords
Below are the top questions we've been asked about developing a home - so we thought it would be helpful to publish them! Don't forget you can email us on enquiries@designsonproperty.co.uk or call us on 0845 838 1763 if you need support during your property renovation, conversion or development.

Do I need an architect?
Whether you need an architect or not depends on the complexity and size of your project. If you are creating a substantional extension then you are likely to need an architect. However if you are converting a loft or adding a basement, then the companies who are helping you may well be able to provide this service.

Need to find out more? Try our Developing a Home store or join as a member of Designs on Property and receive support throughout your property project including all our factsheets and ebooks for free. We will even save you £££s money when booking services such as an architect!

How long does the planning process take?
From submitting your planning application it should take eight weeks for you to gain planning permission or have it refused. An appeal or having to re-submit your plans is likely to take a further four months. 

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What are building regulations/controls?
Building regulation/controls specify how properties have to be constructed. For example foundations must be secure; drainage must be created correctly; gas appliances must be fitted correctly; glass needs to be the right specification and safe; stairs must pass building regulations; properties must be built so that people can escape and there is minimum impact on the property if there is a fire.

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Do I need a project manager?
If you are carrying out a large renovation project or extension, then it is worth considering and costing out how much it would be to have a project manager on board. This is especially important if you can't be off work during your property development or there at the start and finish of every day.

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What are the main considerations when developing a property?
You need to make sure that you have listed and gained quotes for all the jobs you require in your property at the same time as extended it. For example you may be doing a single storey extension, but what other electrical work is required around the property? Having a clear idea of what the development will cost and how long it takes will be important as well as how much time you have to spend monitoring the development. Finally you need to make sure that you gain all the correct planning permission and building regulations certificate once the work is finished.

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What property development would add value to my home?
Anything that adds value to a home typically needs to take it to the 'next property price bracket'. This includes adding a bedroom, a conservatory or a second lounge. However every area and property are different, so it's important to seek the views of estate agents and surveyors to ensure that the work will add value and be aware of whether this will be immediate or in the future.

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How long in advance should you plan to develop your property?
It's important to take a good twelve months to plan your property project. You need to carefully think through the work you want done, take time choosing the type of materials you want, budgeting, securing quotes, checking contracts and of course carrying out the work. Don't forget that builders and tradespeople aren't sitting around waiting for your call. Most are booked up months in advance so you need to take this into consideration to help avoid the cowboys.

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How do you finance property development?
There are various ways of finding the money to extend and develop your property. You can save up the cash for the project; borrow money via a secured loan, ie against your property or an unsecured loan which is based on your earnings or re-mortgage via equity in your home. Always speak to an independent financial advisor to get advice on the best way to fund your project.

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Do you need specialist insurance when developing a property?
It is advisable to let your insurance company know that you are developing your property and to purchase insurance especially for extensions or new buildings such as a garage. This should protect your materials and tools on-site, any damage from weather during the build and sometimes issues with your building contractors.

Need to find out more? Try our Developing a Home store or join as a member of Designs on Property and receive support throughout your property project including all our factsheets and ebooks for free. We will even save you £££s money when booking services such as property development insurance!

What is permitted development?
Permitted development rights refer to the changes that you can make to your home without applying for planning permission. It is worth talking to your planning office and visiting the permitted development specialists Betternest to understand what you can and can't do before you go ahead with your project.

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When do you need planning permission?
Planning permission is usually required for major changes such as large extensions or if you have a Listed building and sometimes if you are doing a small development in a conservation area. 

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What Building Controls do I need to be aware of?
There are a mass of building controls to know about prior to developing your property. They affect access in and out of the new rooms, windows, electricity, gas, glazing, staircases, roof structures, drainage etc.

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How do I find bricks for an extension to match my current ones?
Most brick companies and builders merchants run a 'brick matching' service so you get them just right. Make sure you check samples prior to placing an order and see our brick matching section.

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What options are available to build a garage?
You can either have your own garage designed which can be built from brick, stone or timber or buy a ready made 'kit', which can cost a few thousand to tens of thousands of pounds.

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I have a really small space I want to put an en-suite in - what are my options?
It is an amazing how small a space can accommodate a loo, sink or shower. The best options to look for are bathroom and en-suite fittings which are smaller than standard sizes. Visit our 'space saver bathrooms' section for more information.

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