12 Critical Questions to Consider When Building a House Extension in Ireland

Maybe the plan was to move to a bigger house… however current economic circumstances have removed this option for many people. The next option, and often times the best option, is to look at how to create more space in your existing house.

What sort of space do you need, where do you need it, how should it integrate with the rest of the house, and what impact will it have on the existing house in terms of light, space, comfort, disruption, and value?

Here are 12 critical questions to consider when planning your house extension project in Ireland:

  1. What sort of space do you need – living room, kitchen, playroom, utility room, downstairs bathroom, home office, open plan kitchen/dining/living room? Consider the long-term issues as well as your immediate problem, and consider how a prospective house buyer might value and appreciate what you are considering.
  2. What are your options in terms of where you can extend, and how suited is this to your space requirements? For example, having an attic conversion as a playroom for small children doesn’t make great sense.
  3. What impact will the extension have on the existing house and garden? Consider how the extension will impact on light within the existing house, for example, and how you will compensate for this.
  4. Do you require planning permissions? In Ireland you are allowed to extend by up to 40 sqm (430 sqft) of additional floor area at the back of your house without planning permission, subject to certain
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Home Staging – Questions and Answers

Question: Do I really need to stage my house?

Answers: Home staging is recommended to homeowners who are serious about selling their house in the shortest amount of time. Think of this scenario: Two comparable houses are for sale in the same general area. House A was staged and is in prime showing condition. House B was not staged and may have some design issues. Which house do you think buyers will be more interested in? Statistics show us that homes which are professionally prepared for the real estate market sell in one-third less time than non-staged houses.

Question: My Realtor told me to wait to stage, is this good advise?

Answers: The sooner you stage your house, the better it will be for you. If your agent told you to not stage or to wait to stage, your Realtor may not have a complete understanding about the value of home staging. Some agents are concerned about recommending more out-of-pocket expenses for their clients. It is a noble concern but not a necessary one when considering home staging. Stagers work with real estate agents as a team, and most stagers will be happy to answer any questions that Realtors may have regarding the staging process. Realtors may not know it, but stagers may be their greatest asset in the marketing of a client’s home.

Question: How do I choose a stager?

Answers: There are many things to look for when choosing a stager. Before you hire a stager, consider these … Read More

Security Surveillance Camera Outside Home Means Less Crime

Many suburban homes have installed a security surveillance camera to protect their dwellings from property damage or potential home invasion. It is proven that a property chances of being a victim of crime is drastically reduced, when the potential criminal knows the property is under surveillance. Some studies show homes in certain neighborhoods are up to 75{a35e9624d39d09a786c5f8acdb55c526966431d9c107db63c11fc3d9ba4fafc9} less chance to be violated by criminals when a camera is displayed outside.

Security systems have gone up in quality and dropped in price over the last decade. This has been due to computer systems popping up in homes, DVR technology and military knowledge being integrated into cameras and being mass produced. 15 years ago, a night vision device could run $2000 to $6000. Now, you can pick up a four day color night vision / infrared system, with four cameras and 500 GB hard drive Nuvcio EVL-4500 DVR costing $450 to $700.

There are many high tech individual cameras you can pick up for under $100. The Sony 1/3″ CCD Infrared LED Security Camera can be purchased for $89. An indoor/outdoor Bullet Security Camera Night Vision Model # SUN-LIR30HF comes with night vision capability for up to 80 feet. It also has a built in microphone that allows for audio surveillance. The price for the SUN-LIR30Hf is $64.95. You can get dome cameras, motion cameras, hidden ones, cameras that tilt, zoom and pan an area. You can even get cameras that are vandal proof. It depends on your needs, affordability, time available … Read More