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Members' home improvement questions answered by the experts

Do you have a question about improving your home but not sure who to ask? Or perhaps you want a second opinion? Join us today and get a comprehensive answer from the professionals. Here are just some of the questions we have helped people with…

How do I go about splitting a property in two?
Our expert advises a member who wants to split a property into two apartments.

My builder won’t sign a contract!
They can start soon, you like them and the price – so why won’t they sign a contract?

When do I ask for freeholder’s consent to my building works?
Freeholder’s consent to works can cause delay to projects – we discuss the best time to approach them.

Can I put a double storey extension on my semi detached house under permitted development?
Our expert planner helps a member understand their best next steps in getting their extension 

Are my Freeholders charges for improvement work fair?
Our member owns a leasehold flat and wants to take down a load bearing wall but needs to ask permission from his freeholder. Are the charges they are passing on to him for a License of Alterations fair?

Going out to tender for builders’ quotes – where do I start?
Several experts at the Federation of Master Builders have helped compile a list of issues for homeowners to consider when tendering for builders’ quotes on a home extension project.

When best to end contract with architect?
Our expert discusses the practicalities of terminating a contract with an architect who has been employed for a house extension.

Should we build a new house in our garden or extend?
What are the planning restrictions faced by a member wanting to make the most out of her property

How do I tell when I need to replace my roof?
Our expert discusses the pros and cons of this expensive home improvement

Getting planning permission for a new build home
Simon Wallis of Savills takes our members through the first steps to building an eco home

Legally splitting up a property
Our legal expert answers a member’s query about splitting the deeds of a home being turned into two flats

Moving a drain on your own land
Our expert explains how a drain can put an end to that dream extension and how to get round them

Maintaining garden walls and fences – who pays?
A serious bone of contention for many, our expert provides some legal clarity

When do I pay my builder?
Saving our member from dodgy practices our expert discusses paying builders

I’m worried about a wall in the attic – it’s cracked and moving
Is it subsidence or previous work that is causing the cracks?


This service is to provide information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The legal stuff is here.