Archive for January, 2016

How to make money on your property

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

With TV property programs becoming more and more popular and the cost of moving high, many homeowners are tempted to improve, not move, and add another bedroom. Loft conversions are often considered the easiest and cheapest way of adding that all-important extra bedroom, a recent survey by Direct Line Home insurance found that 36 per cent of British builders and tradesmen said they are the most problematic home improvements.

This means it is important to choose an experience company who know how to deal with any problems that may occur during the project. This means they will be able to work within their budgets rather than some cheaper companies who will have rising costs due to difficulties or problems with the build.

Loft conversions were followed then changing bathrooms, where 26 per cent of projects go wrong, and fitting a new kitchen, where 19 per cent cause problems. 47 per cent of builders and tradesmen said extensions are currently the most popular home improvement. It has been proven with the recent sore in house prices that loft conversions and extensions can have a massive rise in the value of your property.

While the average cost of an extension is approximately £35,000, the average difference between a two and three-bedroom property in London is around £157,202. In Scotland, where the gap is narrowest, the difference between a two and three-bed home is £45,949. Those considering work should remember that the cost would vary substantially depending on where in the country they are – it could prove much trickier to get a £35,000 extension in London than in Scotland.

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A number of builders said kitchen refits or extensions frequently go wrong, as homeowners often want to have lots of input, without necessarily understanding the feasibility or implications of their demands. It is important to make sure your builder knows exactly what they are doing, maybe check online or ask another builder about your ideas. Only an experienced building company such as Four Corners Properties would be able to incorporate the customer’s ideas while making sure everything is done property with no problems.

Greater access to light is the most popular reason for homes to get a refit, with 15 per cent of builders surveyed reporting this as the latest trend. Popular light-enhancing home improvements include installing large bi-folding doors, exterior brickwork replacement and fitting new skylights.

Extending homes or converting rooms to add light and space can add real value to a property so can be worth the investment. With the constant rising cost of house prices making it expensive to move, home improvements are a popular way to improve your living situation without breaking the bank.

Carrying out any form of home improvements requires proper planning, realistic budgeting and knowledge of any applicable planning permission requirements. Agreeing a quote with builders before any work starts and setting a viable timeframe upfront can also help prevent future problems.

These are all important aspects of any building work and with Four Corners Properties you will get a detailed break down of your quote so you know where your money is going. We will do everything for you from design and planning, getting all necessary permits and permissions before we complete the whole build ourselves with our experienced tradesmen.

Below we have our tips for home Improvements

  • Agree a quote beforehand – set aside a strict budget but allow a contingency in case of overspend to mitigate financial strain
  • Agree on a realistic timeframe upfront and remember to allow for contingencies, ie, weather
  • Make sure you understand what the project involves and be honest about previous work done to the house so builders can be prepared
  • Keep in regular contact with your builders throughout the project
  • Have a contract in place to cover both parties and never hand over payment upfront
  • Use the same builders or tradesmen from start to finish to ensure consistency
  • Make sure the builders are only working on your job and commit to working on it every day
  • Check your builder has the right insurance in place before work begins

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House Extensions Ferndown

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Many people live in the same house for many years due to the hassle that comes with moving and the increase in house prices meaning it is more financially viable to not move. This leaves home owners with the decision of whether or not to expand there homes. We at Four Corners Properties and been planning, designing and building in the local area of Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and surrounding areas of Dorset and Hampshire. We offer the highest quality in all our house extensions and taking on the whole project ourselves to help save you costs.

Money plays a big part with any building work to be carried out, you never want to over spend, but where possible you want to be able to increase your property value in order to make money from the work. This is an area we have helped many of our customers with. We will look to work within your budget to give you the best designs but also to get the most out of your property. With any work we know our customers will want to be able to increase the value so if your ever choose to sell, you will be making more than you spent on the work.

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There can be many reasons for building an extension, anything from maybe having children, wanting guest rooms or to building bigger living areas for example the kitchen or living room. We have dealt with many customers over the years all with different reasons and ideas of what they want, but the one thing they all have in common was the satisfaction of the job we did and the quality of the finished product. At Four Corners Properties we have recently complete many house extensions in Ferndown and are still receiving more requests than we can deal with due to the praise our customers have told people.

We are a local company who pride ourselves in the work we do, which is why it is so important we give the best service available to keep people coming back. We have found over the years once someone uses any of our building services they will always come back and recommend us to their friends, which is why all our reviews are 10/10. We provide the full service from design and planning to building and plastering. This helps to save you cost and means that our friendly and polite workers will be there to talk you through anything you need to know.

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We would advise anyone who is thinking of building an extension to consider a few key things first. You should always seek advice about what renovations are popular in your area as if you are looking for a future return the style will have to be up to the same standard. Looking at what other houses in the area sold for and if they had extensions and the size of the houses will give you a good idea of how much it will add to your property value. We can advise you with this if you are unsure. If you are wanting an extension to create space and are not worried about how much value it will add then this won’t really effect you but you still need to be mindful of your budget and what materials to use, you want your house to stand out but still fit in to the area and not look too out of place. With smart and effective planning we know that you can add more value than the amount spent.

The design that you choose for an extension depends on what your house, the surrounding houses in the area and what design you want. Most people are still happy to change the structure of a building and do something a bit more dramatic, but purity is a big trend, and using lots of different materials is less fashionable than it has been. Instead, we advise that you opt for something more refined. This could be something like pure white-rendered extensions work well on period houses, or choose a design clad entirely in timber or modern coloured cladding. Others choose that they something simpler, light and airy spaces which are a blank canvas they can decorate and personalise. The use of natural materials to create modern extensions can give the extension a warm and functional look to suit your home.

We have a huge portfolio of local jobs we have done in the area in all areas of the building trade. Click through and have a look at the fantastic quality of work we have produced and see if you get any ideas for your own projects. Feel free to get in touch for any question of information.

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