I am improving

Home improvement questions answered by the experts

When do I ask freeholder’s consent to 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 semi detached under permitted development?
Our expert planner helps a homeowner understand their best next steps in getting their extension 

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?

Are Freeholders charges for improvements fair?
This homeowner 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
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.

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 self-build
Simon Wallis of Savills takes this homeowner through the first steps to building an eco home

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

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

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