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Month: September 2019

House Extensions For Different Budgets

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Are you looking at getting a housing extension to help reach your home’s maximum potential? For most of us, the thought of a housing extension is immediately tied in with heavy financial costs, immediately preventing us from getting one step closer to our dream homes. Although this can be true, you would be surprised to know what you can afford once you do a bit of research. Take a look at these budgets to help give you a rough idea of what you can afford.

The cost for single-storey extensions

An extension cost calculator can help give you an accurate estimation of the potential costs of your house extension. However, if you’re looking for a single-story extension, expect to pay:

  • Approx £1,500 - £1,900 per square metre.

  • Approx £1,900 - £2,200 per square metre for good quality.

  • Approx £2,200 - £2,400 per square metre for premium quality.

Bear in mind that where you live will have an effect on the final price of your extension, especially if you are in a city, due to the increased labour costs. If you wish to limit your spending, you can cut costs by doing certain tasks by yourself, such as project management. Check out this guide here for some top tips.

What about a double-storey extension?

A general starting point here is to add 50% extra to the basic build cost of a single-storey extension. So if your single storey-extension costs you £30,000, you can expect a double-storey extension to be around £45,000. See below:

  • £30,000 + 50% = £45,000 for the basic build cost

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there, since you can expect to pay an extra 10-15% for professional fees, as well as VAT.

  • 10-15% for professional fees (architect, planning application, engineering, etc.) (£6,750 at 15%)

  • VAT (£9,000)

Final costs for a double-storey extension = £60,750

You should see the above figures as a guideline to basic and uncomplicated extensions in the UK. As you might expect, like any other investment, there are a number of different factors that can increase the final cost. Look out for the following:

Kitchens and Bathrooms

If you have a kitchen or a bathroom as part of your extension, you can expect the figures to creep up slightly:

  • bathroom - £5,000

  • kitchen - £10,000

Finishes and Fittings

The costs mentioned above are for extensions with modest finishes, fittings, electricals and lighting. As local Edinburgh firm DDS Architecture highlights the costs of extensions are extremely variable. If you’re willing to pay a higher price for premium-serviced finishes like tile finishes, fitted joinery, etc, the cost will be higher, especially if you include glazing. A trendy addition to many modern extensions is sliding or folding doors, which can cost you £5,000 for around a 2.5m-width opening. Although this may be a bit pricey, adding a sliding door to your house can be an excellent way of drawing in as much natural outdoor light as possible.

Dealing with The Removal and Prevention of Rodents

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Regardless of whether you have issues with mice, or trying to contend with a rat infestation, knowing how to remove and prevent an influx of rodents can be at the top of everyone’s agenda.

Although there will be times when rodent control in Edinburgh is needed, there will be still preventative measures that can be taken to make a further infestation less likely.

Both mice and rats will enter a property where there is a lot of food wastage present.

Once they have entered a property, both rats and mice have the potential to cause more problems around the home.

As well as leaving a series of bacteria around the property via their droppings, rats and mice are also likely to cause damage around the property that can include chewed wires and scratched furnishings.

Rodents will look to enter the property during the winter because of the conditions outside.

As such, if you see one mouse or rat, then it’s likely others are nearby.

How to Deal with a Rodent Infestation

There are several ways of dealing with a rodent infestation, with some methods being more successful than others.

For example, there are several over-the-counter solutions that include the use of traps.

How successful traps are can be dependent on where they're placed, and just because a couple of rodents are caught doesn’t mean the problem is no under control.

For traps to be successful, it’s important to find out where the rodents are coming from, or you could find yourself placing traps all over the property to no avail, which will only ass to the cost of rodent control.

To be fully confident that there are no rodents within a property then it’s advisable to enlist the services of a professional in the first instance.

Not only will this ensure that the rodent problem is dealt with quickly, but also ensures that the rodent control itself doesn’t have any adverse effects on the occupants of the property.

Lessening the Likelihood of a Rodent Infestation

Although a professional should be sought to deal with the infestation itself, there are still some measures that can be taken to ensure that a rodent infestation is less likely.

As both mice and rats are looking for food, then it’s of the utmost importance that any waste food is cleared up straight away.

It can also be a good idea to check the property for potential entry points.

For example, older buildings could have cracks or small holes that rodents can use to easily enter the premises.

It’s also advisable to consider blocking vent with wire mesh to ensure that ventilation is present, but difficult to gain entry to.

Even when a hole doesn’t look that big, it’s worth noting that rats and mice can squeeze their bodies through tight areas, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.