House extension quotes - how to obtain the best prices
Approaching builders for a house extension quote and the final outcome is very much influenced by a
number of factors. Some householders approach a builder to come round with a view to estimating a house
extension cost without any drawn plans - the builder is the first person they have called for advise on what they
can do and the costs associated with that task - This is usually a complete waste of time for homeowner and builder
True quotes for a house extensions can only be achieved after the homeowner has engaged a
house extension designer or architect to prepare a scheme proposal. Most house extension builders refuse to
provide a house extension quote until the final construction plans have been prepared for Building Regulations and
construction on site.
This means that the homeowner will have to embark on spending money on the design and council application
process before they can obtain a house extension quote from a builder. Once a homeowner has obtained the
correct level of house extension design plans and specifications, they can then approach several house extension
builders for quotes as part of a formal tender process.
Approaching 3 to 4 builders at the same time and letting them know that they are actually in a competitive
pricing environment will provide the best opportunity for the homeowner obtaining the best or lowest
price. Whether or not you should be accepting the lowest price is another issue.
You should also ensure that your house extension quote is fully inclusive. If you have had proper detailed
plans and specifications prepared by your house extension designer or architect they should be fully detailed to
ensure that your house extension quotes are fully inclusive of everything that is required so that you will not be
charged expensive and excessive extras during the works.
However, if you have taken the DIY or 'cheap route' by employing a 'plan drawer' or your house extension
designer who was not experienced enough or failed to provide you with the correct level of design service, then you
run the risk of your house extension quotes being deficient and defective.
Most good home extension builders who are forced to price works on such deficient plans and details will make
provision within their house extension quote by including prime cost (PC) sums or contingency sums for the missing
works or items to be adjusted later one when the actual costs are known These can include things like
heating, plumbing, electrics and extent of making good or repairs that may not have been mentioned within the