It’s one of the best home improvements, but what’s the process?
If you’re lucky enough to have the space, then you’ve probably considered having a garage built at the side of your house. It’s undeniably an attractive proposition; you get a secure place to keep your car, and you can also increase the value of your home in doing so. Adding a garage is a significant investment however, and does take some work to get right.
The first thing to do is find out the planning regulations in your area to ensure that you don’t need permission, and if you do, whether you can get it. This can be done easily by contacting your local authority, either online, in person or by phone. There will be additional paperwork and costs if you do require permission, though many garages do not need it. Very large garages may be subject to building regulations.
There are roughly two options when it comes to having a garage added to the side of the home. Either you can buy a pre-constructed garage, or have one built up from scratch. The primary advantage of a garage that is prefabricated is that it won’t usually require planning permission, and is often cheaper. Custom built garages can be made to match your home however, so they are popular with those looking to increase the value of their property.
Erecting a garage is never going to be a cheap home improvement. Entry-level prefabricated garages can be bought for a few thousand, but there will of course be additional labour costs. Constructions that are built from scratch can be considerably more. Many people will choose to finance their garage with a secured homeowner loan or mortgage extension. Always work out what you need, and weigh up the costs and benefits. Click here for details of Nemo’s best secured loans.
The construction of a garage should always be carried out by a professional – it just isn’t worth doing it yourself. As with all jobs of this kind, you should always get several quotes before choosing a builder. If you’re having the garage built from scratch, then it’s always a good idea to ask to see examples of previous work.
Think about all of these points to save yourself trouble in adding a garage to your property.