Associate Anita Jobling gives advice to homeowners thinking of improving their homes over the Easter break.
Easter is generally the time we start to think about spring cleaning, DIY and home improvements. The light nights, warmer weather and flowers starting to bloom tend to ignite the passion to improve our homes if we are happy where we live and do not intend to move house in the near future.
Home owners should note that if they do carry out any improvements at their property, some works may require specific consents. These should be obtained from the person/company carrying out the works upon completion.
For example, the following improvements require specific certificates to be issued once the works are complete:
- New windows or doors – FENSA certificates
- New gas cooker or boiler – GASSafe Certificates
- New electric cookers or electrical works – NICEIC Certificates
- General building works extensions – Planning permissions/Building regulations
- Multi fuel stoves/wood burners – HETAS Certificates
A conveyancer will always ask for these should you sell your property. If these certificates are not obtained when the works have been completed and you go to sell your property, you may be required to have the works recommissioned or obtain indemnity policies for the works done. Whilst this will not delay transactions unduly it would be an extra expense for you to cover.
If you are thinking of a more extensive improvement to your home such as an extension, annex or perhaps building your own property on land that you already own, you will of course require planning permission and building regulations consent for such works. Burnetts have a dedicated Planning Department who can assist you through the daunting planning procedures.
About the author
Anita is an Associate (Chartered Legal Executive) in the Conveyancing team.