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Home Improvements: How to get it right

Home Improvement The tips to getting it right Installing new windows You need to remember that any enlargements or improvements need to be sympathetic to the existing building. Tradesman's Tip Use a registered window fitter, preferably someone who can self- certify their work. Painting & Decorating Painting and decorating do not require planning permission, as it falls under the category of maintenance, or minor improvement. Be aware of the hidden costs of decorating, including scaffolding and parking bay suspensions. Tradesman's Tip Turning a driveway into a garden You won't need planning permission if the driveway uses porous surfacing, which allows water to drain through. You will need planning permission for surface areas of more than five square metres. Tradesman's Tip Labour costs will come to half, or even two-thirds of the budget, so don't be afraid of doing some of the work yourself. Building an extension Your development should not exceed 50% of the original land belonging to the house. There are also rules about maximum height and the materials you can use. Tradesman's Tip Labour costs will come to half, or even two-thirds of the budget, don't be afraid of doing some of the work yourself. Loft conversion You will not need planning permission to increase the size of your loft. However, if you extend it out by more than 50 cubic metres on a detached or semi-detached house, you will need regulatory approval. Tradesman's Tip Install a sprinkler system on the ground floor along the escape route from the loft. £ Finance 3 To give yourself extra consumer protection, think about making the purchase on a rewards credit card Check out the market leaders to see what you could get in terms of personal loans. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/sep/20/home-improvements--essential-guide-planning- permission

Home Improvements: How to get it right

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Home improvement can be costly and logistically challenging, but is one of the most sure-fire ways to ensure that your home can enjoy an increase in value. We take you through the most hassle-free way...

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