7 things to Check Before Getting Conservatory Cost Quotes

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7 things to Check Before Getting Conservatory Cost Quotes

Here are 7 often overlooked issues that can increase your new conservatory cost

It’s come to the point where you have decided that it’s time to add more room to your home and have a new conservatory fitted.  So, understandably, you will be looking into getting various conservatory cost quotes.

However, it can be easy to overlook or not even consider a number of potential issues that could end up increasing the total amount of money needed to finish the job.

So, for those of you who are newcomers to the conservatory market, here are 5 often overlooked issues that can increase the overall conservatory cost.

Number 1: Planning permission

7 things to Check Before Getting Conservatory Cost QuotesAre you going to need planning permission to build your conservatory? Do you need to go through the Neighbour Consultation Scheme?

Getting planning permission can take several weeks, and there will be several costs incurred in attaining it.

Building a conservatory without planning permission where it should originally have been attained, can lead to you being ordered to demolish it by the local authority.

Fortunately, with a high percentage of conservatories falling under the permitted development rules, it’s possible to build one without planning permission.

The main points to note are here on the UK Govt. Planning Portal: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/10/conservatories

Number 2: What is the ground like where you are going to build?

The ground conditions are very, if not the most important aspect. Your new conservatory will need a solid base on which to be built.

Maybe your area has “soggy” ground or suffers from flooding, you could need a different type of foundation. If the area where you plan to build has heavily sloping ground, this may need to be dug out or filled in.

The type & scope of your foundation or base can have a marked influence on your new conservatory cost.

Number 3: What is under the ground?

Manholes signify drains and sewers. You are not allowed to build over a main sewer. Manholes will need to be relocated.

Water pipes and gas pipes may also be present on your property and will have to be accounted for in some way.  They may need to be moved, ducted or protected.

It’s unlikely that you have one inside the grounds of your property, but you cannot build within 3 metres of a public water main.

Number 4: Are there things that need to be moved or removed?

It is said that “familiarity breeds contempt” and in this case it could mean that you have been looking at your back yard so long that you don’t notice some things anymore.

It could be something simple getting overlooked, like moving a satellite dish or relocating some lights. However, it could be a tree or bushes that need trimming (or worse, cutting down).

Number 5: Contractor access and debris removal.

How good (or bad) is access to the site? Can the contractors get in and out easily, or will you have to put up with them tramping in and out through the main house?

What about skips? Is rubbish removal and skip hire included in the conservatory quote? Sometimes permission is needed from the local council to park a skip in certain areas.

Number 6: Don’t forget about landscaping

Your Conservatory Cost Quotes may or may not include “tidying up & making good” depending on the extent of works needed. Check with your contractor so that there are no surprises.

This is especially important to confirm if garden walls, patios or decking and such like have been disrupted or needed to be otherwise affected by the construction works.

Number 7: The interior.

Have you made a budget for fixtures, fittings, décor & furnishing for the interior of your new conservatory?

You may have a nice conservatory, but you will have to furnish it.

Heating & cooling can be problematic during summer or winter months. Have you thought about how you are going to heat or cool the conservatory? It will be a total waste of money if your conservatory is too hot in summer and too cold in winter to use.

Bonus tips

The other thing that can have a big influence on conservatory costs is the contractor themselves.

National “big names” can often have much higher prices than local firms, so we recommend that you get conservatory cost quotes from several installers. This will give you a better idea of the market price for your works.

Always get the quotes in writing and make sure it includes everything that you have agreed to.

God luck.

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