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FAQs

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  1. How long will the home extension take?
  2. How much will it cost?
  3. Why should I choose Granada Home Improvements to build my home extension?
  4. Will I need planning permission for my home extension?
  5. Will we have signed contracts?
  6. When do I pay for my home extension?
  7. Will we take care of the building regulations?
  8. Can you do every part of the home extension from start to finish?
  9. Have you got any accreditation?
  10. Can you match my existing brickwork?
  11. How long do you guarantee the job for?
  12. Who will it be that comes out to see us?
  13. Have you got previous home extension we can see?
  14. Can I view work in progress?
  15. Do you hold full Public and Employers Liability Insurance?
  16. Will you protect my driveway?
  17. Will there be a lot of mess and disruption?
  18. Do you have a project manager who will oversee the conversion project?
  19. Do you use full-time staff or do you use subcontractors?
  20. Will the new home extension floor finish level with the existing floor in our house?
  21. Would we be able to come to your place of work and see how Granada Home Improvements operate?
  22. Are your employees CRB checked?
  23. Will a home extension add value to our property?
  24. Will my details be kept confidential?
  25. Do you have local home extensions that I can see?
  26. What else do you do?
  27. Will I be hassled by pushy salespeople once I have my quote?
  28. How soon after accepting my quotation can you start?
  29. Will there be lots of mess at my property?
  30. I only have a rough idea of what I want – can you assist me with some home extension ideas?

How long will the home extension take?

We normally say that a standard single storey extension would take around 4 weeks to completely finish, while a double storey extension is typically a 6 to 8 week project. These times can vary on your requirements of course.

How much will it cost?

It really does depend on what you have had designed! There are numerous factors which will obviously change the price. Are you planning on building a single or double storey extension? Do you require an en-suite bathroom or a kitchen fitting? The size of the build itself is the main factor and a good rule of thumb is £1,600 plus VAT per square metre. Our basic entry-level price for any extension if around £20k to £25k + VAT.

Why should I choose Granada Home Improvements to build my home extension?

We specialise in designing and building quality highly functional home extensions and internal spaces that enhance people’s lives. Our aim is to create designs that meet your requirements, whilst at the same time ensuring that all planning and building regulations are fully adhered to. We want you to be involved in the project so at the end you are totally satisfied.

Ultimately, we recognise the importance of your investment and will strive to achieve the maximum added value to your property.

Will I need planning permission for my home extension?

There are so many factors that can affect whether your job will be subject to planning permission or classed as a 'Permitted Development' (no planning application required) – we can of course do any and all background research you need and make the necessary checks with your local council. A good way to start is by reading the Town and Country Planning Act 2008.

If, for instance, you are extending to the front or side, bringing the roof higher than the existing, increasing the footprint of your property by more than a certain percentage, affecting the light available to your neighbours' properties, or reducing the parking space available at your home then these may well cause you to seek permission from your council's planning department. It can often seem daunting when first embarking on an extension project, but we will guide you through the entire process and take the stress off your back.

Will we have signed contracts?

Yes. On all of our projects we will draw up contracts and both parties sign these before work commences. We include a copy of your cancellation rights.

When do I pay for my home extension?

We would usually take a deposit of 15% of the overall job value then, depending on the size of the job, break it down into manageable stage payments. We only ask for the final payment once you are 100% satisfied with your new room.

Will we take care of the building regulations?

Yes, we will fill out all the relevant paperwork and send it off to your local council or the private building control firm we regularly use, PWC Building Control in Warrington. We will arrange and attend all of the relevant appointments with the building inspectors.

Can you do every part of the home extension from start to finish?

Yes, every aspect of your conversion, right from your very first phone call through to completion.

Have you got any accreditation?

Yes, we are proud members of the Federation of Master Builders and Trustmark.

Can you match my existing brickwork?

The answer is yes, if it is still being produced (or any remaining stock can be sourced from somewhere!). If not then we will get you the very best alternative match. If the exact 100% match cannot be found then what we do is take down both the left and right brick piers and rebuild the front in the new brick. This leaves a seamless, perfect finish. We use a professional brick matcher, who will come to site prior to commencement, who will send you a few brick samples to ensure you are completely happy with the brick we lay on your job.

How long do you guarantee the job for?

We provide you with a 10-year guarantee.

Who will it be that comes out to see us?

It will be either David or Craig Smith, Granada Home's Company Directors. They each have over 15 years building trade experience. We never use pushy salesmen. We will also aim to have your detailed quote out in the post within just 24 hours.

Have you got previous home extensions we can see?

Of course! We have carried out countless home extensions and we highly recommend you go and speak with our past clients. This is the best way for you to know first-hand just how seriously we commit to our work.

Can I view work in progress?

Yes, we have ALWAYS got work in progress. This will allow you, first-hand, to see how professional and dedicated our home extension teams are. Alternatively our Facebook page is constantly updated with past and current home extension pictures check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Granada-Home-Improvements/229490067181836. We even have a LIVE online video feed you can choose to view from your smart devices or PC.

Do you hold full Public and Employers Liability Insurance?

Yes, our policy covers us for no less than five million pounds. A copy will be sent to you with your quotation. Policy number: DLC100042542 (with Direct Line for Business).

Will you protect my driveway?

This comes as standard with each and every home extension we carry out. We put down a visqueen sheet and then cover the drive with plywood. This protects the drive from skips and general building work.

Will there be a lot of mess and disruption?

We take great care in keeping the mess on site to a minimum, and there will be minimal disruption.

Do you have a project manager who will oversee the conversion project?

Yes, we project-manage our work, so you can rest assured your conversion will go smoothly. He will liaise with you directly and regularly to make sure you get your dream job.

Do you use full-time staff or do you use subcontractors?

We do not use subcontractors full-stop. All of our lads are cards-in, time-served, tradesmen.

Will the new home extension floor finish level with the existing floor in our house?

We always make sure your new floor comes completely level with your existing floor. It is also a building regulations requirement for any home extension in order for it to be passed off by the local authority.

Would we be able to come to your place of work and see how Granada Home Improvements operate?

We would welcome you to our workplace for a cup of tea where you could meet the friendly staff who work in our offices and assist in bringing your job to fruition.

Are your employees CRB checked?

Yes, all of our staff have been CRB checked.

Will a home extension add value to our property?

Creating extra habitable living space in your home by extending your home is a proven and not to mention extremely cost-effective way of adding value to any property.

Will my details be kept confidential?

Absolutely. We would never share your details with any other companies. We dislike pushy cold callers just as much as you do.

Do you have local home extensions that I can see?

If you live anywhere within the North West then chances are there is a completed Granada home extension or house extension within just a short distance from you.

What else do you do?

We provide all your domestic building solutions under one roof. Just check out the tabs over to the left to see the full range of services, from the most ambitious of home extensions to minor repair jobs.

Will I be hassled by pushy salespeople once I have my quote?

Not a chance! We do not employ any pushy salespeople. We instead prefer to speak with you honestly and truthfully and strive to earn your trust and most importantly to maintain it.

How soon after accepting my quotation can you start?

We can usually begin your home extension within a couple of weeks of getting the green light from you. This gives us time to match your brick and to make all the arrangements with your local authority. In this time we will also sign all the necessary contracts, take measurements and set your site up ready for commencement.

Will there be lots of mess at my property?

We are renowned for the tidiness and cleanliness of our sites during and after our home extensions. We protect your driveway from scrapes and scuffs by laying plastic sheeting and plywood boards, and use dust sheets inside your home. We aim to leave your property in the condition it was when we first arrived.

I only have a rough idea of what I want – can you assist me with some home extension ideas?

Of course! Everyone starts out at the same stage as you. We have been turning people's building ideas into reality for years now, and we can do the same for you. Check out the Ideas Gallery for an ever expanding array of home extension suggestions. We can take your home extension ideas as far as you want, from simply leaving you with a plastered finish all the way through to a fully decorated and furnished room with a home cinema system. We have the skills and the links with other great North West companies to get the results you want.

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