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    • fozzeh
    • By fozzeh 12th Sep 17, 7:34 PM
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    Extension quote- is this reasonable?
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    • 12th Sep 17, 7:34 PM
    Extension quote- is this reasonable? 12th Sep 17 at 7:34 PM
    Hi, we are looking at having our house extended. We have got the building regs through and are ready to go... We have had a few builders come to look at it and measure up etc. Nobody seem to want to reply with a quote, this has been going on for weeks and weeks and FINALLY today we have one quote through but is this a bit steep?

    The build is a 3.9metres x 3metres. Single storey. The foundations need to be specially engineered and pinned to the original build due to the land. We are having one 5foot large window, 2 x velux windows and will be taking down part of an internal wall so will need a steel lintel about 7ft. We won't need a skip.

    The quote we have been given is 24k BEFORE VAT so we are looking at around 30k.

    We are in Cheshire.
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    • phill99
    • By phill99 12th Sep 17, 7:43 PM
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    Why is it expensive?


    It seems a fair price, especially if you need a specialist solution on the foundations.
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    • missprice
    • By missprice 12th Sep 17, 7:44 PM
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    Are you doing any of the grunt work yourself?
    What price were you expecting?
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    • fozzeh
    • By fozzeh 12th Sep 17, 7:50 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 7:50 PM
    I am not sure if it's expensive or not, hence posting in here to seek advice.

    No we are not doing any work ourselves.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 12th Sep 17, 9:07 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 9:07 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 9:07 PM
    Sounds pretty reasonable to me, especially considering the engineering required.

    Price isn't everything either. Makes sure it's comprehensive and that you get on with the person quoting!
    Last edited by Doozergirl; 12-09-2017 at 9:15 PM.
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    • minibbb
    • By minibbb 13th Sep 17, 1:08 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 1:08 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 1:08 AM
    Our upcoming single storey extension is 6mx3m with 4m bifolds and two velux windows. Ours is 45k which was more than I anticipated (the prices banded about online about price per sqm seems well outdated).


    Your price seems about right to me IMO- get a couple more quotes though just to be sure.
    • fozzeh
    • By fozzeh 13th Sep 17, 8:59 AM
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    Thanks. We are trying to get more quotes so that we can compare but at the moment, noone is getting back to us! They come and they measure up and discuss details and then we hear nothing. Is this standard?!
    • Nile
    • By Nile 13th Sep 17, 10:21 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 10:21 AM
    Hi, we move threads if we think they’ll get more help elsewhere (please read the forum rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board. If you have any questions about this policy please email forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com.

    I’ve moved your thread from the ‘In my home’ board to the ‘Is This Quote Fair?’ board, where it is better suited.

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    • fozzeh
    • By fozzeh 13th Sep 17, 1:43 PM
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    Really? how odd. Since it's been 'moved to get more replies' it's had zero replies!
    • Furts
    • By Furts 13th Sep 17, 10:16 PM
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    I am with Doozergirl. You are getting around 12 metre square at £2000 +VAT per metre. This is a very reasonable figure, all the more so considering specialised foundations can cost serious money. This flags up a possible concern. Assuming you have done due diligence with the builder, get everything detailed, get a proper Specification, make sure you have a Full Plans Application ( I assume you have when you say you have regs?), and make sure you have all details of the foundations and ground floor. You do not want any nasty surprises, or extras catching you out. Also, you do not want to take on someone too cheap!
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 14th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
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    We had a 3.6mx3m extension priced up on the back of the garage - it needed standard foundations but had a sloped roof. The basic building work came in at £15k+VAT without any of the internals, plastering, windows, door, plumbing, electrics or fancy foundations you need. In the end we converted the garage - twice the size for roughly the same cost.

    Your price does not sound unreasonable although I would certainly get a couple more to compare.
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    • 49IM
    • By 49IM 20th Sep 17, 1:16 PM
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    I had a quote last year for a slightly smaller footprint single-storey extension and without your complications such as a steel, velux windows, special foundations - and my best was £20,000.

    So it's not way off, I'd say.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 23rd Sep 17, 5:23 PM
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    There are a couple of items in there that are "the sorts of things that tend to be pricey" - which I suspect are fixing the "lowest cost possible".

    Yours isn't a standard "dig a hole, pour concrete in, stick this new bit onto the old bit" type of extension .... and those big windows never come cheap.

    I'm shortly to get some quotes for a 2.5m x 6m extension .... I do hope mine's cheap
    • Jenmc85
    • By Jenmc85 2nd Oct 17, 3:49 PM
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    Hi would you be able to give me the builders details who gave you this quote as I live in Liverpool and I'm looking for a similar sized extension.
    Thanks.
    • thriftylass
    • By thriftylass 2nd Oct 17, 3:58 PM
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    2 grand a square meter especially with specialist work sounds reasonable.
    • anto164
    • By anto164 4th Oct 17, 11:12 PM
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    Sounds reasonable to me too. If normal foundations and a mid-range finish, i would estimate £1,800 per square metre (excluding VAT), specialist foundations and other things like Velux windows will increase that.
    • fozzeh
    • By fozzeh 26th Oct 17, 10:07 PM
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    We had a 3.6mx3m extension priced up on the back of the garage - it needed standard foundations but had a sloped roof. The basic building work came in at £15k+VAT without any of the internals, plastering, windows, door, plumbing, electrics or fancy foundations you need. In the end we converted the garage - twice the size for roughly the same cost.

    Your price does not sound unreasonable although I would certainly get a couple more to compare.
    Originally posted by somethingcorporate
    Posting back late but ours sounds very similar to yours.

    We've had a couple more quotes; one of which was almost half the price and the other at 2/3 of the first (so £13k and £18k exc. VAT).

    It just shows what kind of variance you get.
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 5th Nov 17, 7:23 PM
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    Posting back late but ours sounds very similar to yours.

    We've had a couple more quotes; one of which was almost half the price and the other at 2/3 of the first (so £13k and £18k exc. VAT).

    It just shows what kind of variance you get.
    Originally posted by fozzeh
    £13k sounds suspiciously cheap - esp given the specialist nature of your footings. I'd be really wary of going with that. £1k PSQM is the absolute minimum you would expect to pay for a very straightforward and basic extension.
    Good luck with your plans!
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