3 Points To Consider When You Are Buying A Home Extension

Things to think about when extending your home

Who could have guessed that we would spend so much time at home over the last 12 months. During that time it may have become apparent that you need more space for everyone.

You don’t necessarily have to upsize and move elsewhere to get this extra space because you might be able to extend your present home with an extension. If you also need remodeling companies in Houston, you can check them here! 

At Trent Valley, we specialist in various forms of extension for the side and rear of properties, including kitchen extensions. 

Whichever extension it is that you want, make sure that you firstly ask yourself these questions, before you commit to purchasing:

Will planning permission be required?

We know for certain that an extension doesn’t need planning permission if it meets the requirements to be classed as a Permitted Development – you can just proceed with the installation.

It is your local authority that you should speak to for confirmation of whether planning permission is necessary or not. 

Building regulations approval is something different entirely to planning permission. Your building control officer will be able to advise on this. Just please don’t fall foul of the rules!

An extension with planning permission

How much of a budget do you have?

One of the first questions we will ask in our discussions is what your budget is for the extension. 

You will need to have a good, hard look at your finances to determine this and come to a final figure for the project. 

As soon as we know your budget, it will allow us to tell you what is possible and to draw up some ideas for you to have a look at.

An extension with French doors

Is an extension likely to add value?

Space isn’t everything. A home extension should also increase the valuation of your property, and hopefully, make it more sellable. 

The amount of value it adds will come down to a series of factors, including how well it integrates into the building, the size of the extension, how well it’s built, and where your home is located. 

While we can’t give you an exact figure of what it will add, we will be able to give you a decent idea from the experience we have picked up over the years.

A black and white conservatory

You can read more about our Extensions here and see a gallery of installations completed by Trent Valley in the past.


Beginning your home improvement journey can be daunting. With new terminology and so much choice out there, it can be daunting – and not to mention alienating. To help, we’ve put together this FAQ section and answered some of your key questions.


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Our friendly team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.
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