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YOU love your home. It’s full of memories and it’s where you feel safe. But it just doesn’t have enough space for you anymore.

With June house sales reportedly at the highest level in the last three years, perhaps now is the time to extend your living space and add value at the same time.

Whether you go for a modern cantilever structure in cutting edge, new materials or a traditional two storey extension in the same brickwork as the existing property, the extra space will not only be a welcome addition to you and your family but when it comes to selling on, you’ll reap the financial rewards.

West London based Open Space Ltd have delivered numerous domestic extensions for homeowners who want to make the most of their property.

Eric Jusz, owner and director, said: “Extending is a far more cost effective solution than moving home, especially when you consider estate agents and legal fees and the hire of transport, and means that you don’t need to leave an area you still love, perhaps uprooting children from their schools or giving you a longer journey to work.

“There are so many options available to give you the space you want. A simple, traditional two storey extension could provide a new bedroom upstairs and a larger, more light and airy kitchen and family room downstairs, for example. Adding a set of folding doors that lead out on to a new decking area can also create a great flow between indoors and outdoors – something that is surely to be welcomed while we enjoy this beautiful sunshine.

“An extension can vastly improve the way you use your house and better your lifestyle. Plus, if you use a company that handles all aspects of the build, from architectural plans and planning permission to the finishing touches, such as Open Space Ltd, the process will be simple and easy.”

Choosing a building company to carry out your extension is a big decision, especially as any work will alter the flow of your property. For this reason, Open Space Ltd has put together this handy checklist to assist homeowners in selecting the right builder for them.

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Open Space Ltd has a wealth of experience in extending, converting and building homes in Central, West and South West London. We’ve made our clients’ dreams come true with our ability to offer a personal, friendly service with genuine project management and thorough communication at the forefront of everything we do.

Recently, we undertook our own research into how building companies are approaching homeowners and how they present themselves when estimating for a job. We were shocked.

So we’ve put together a checklist to help you avoid the pitfalls of working with some of the rogue tradesmen and dodgy builders we know are out there and ready to take your hard-earned cash.

  • Reputation: What do you know about the company’s background? Are they specialists in what they do? How long have they been operating and what kind of work have they done previously? Choose a company that has been around long enough to have completed numerous projects of what you’re looking for.  Do they belong to any trade associations? Do they provide guarantees of their work?
  • What do their previous customers have to say about them? Any company worth their salt will happily pass you the contact details of clients they have previously worked for and maybe even arrange a site visit so you can see the results at first hand. Also check for online reviews and recommendations. You want to hear about timescales being met, great workmanship and fantastic communication.
  • If you like the price, check the estimate. Again, again and again. There are some builders out there who are looking for quick and easy ways to make extra money whilst on a job. Although there are genuine issues that do crop up in any build or conversion, some unscrupulous companies purposely leave out essential work in their estimate knowing it will cost their customer more further down the line. Ask as many questions as you can think of, even if you think it may sound silly!
  • Can you imagine working with the project manager? The key to a successful build is good communication and being able to trust the project manager, not least because if issues arise, they should be able to present options based on your budget and show their adaptability and understanding of you as a client.