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  • Neil Harrison

A home extension is still in demand as 2020 gets underway - some reasons why!

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

With the New Year - in fact the new decade - now getting underway, we at Mint Builders go on getting good interest in our ‘Extend Instead’ recently re-launched campaign, which is, as its name suggests,all about choosing to go the way of a new home extension or renovation instead of chasing a new place to move on to for 2020!

As the team at suggests to home-owners - “If you like having more rooms in your house and don’t want to change location, why not extend your house and stay in your favourite suburb”. This is for sure what seems to be the state of mind for many home-owners on our ‘beat’ here in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds.


We have found more home-owners than ever at the moment are investigating the 'ins and outs' of extending or renovating their home, in order to try and get more space to allow them to realistically and factually compare the reality of extending their home to packing up and moving on to a new property altogether.

fewer houses

We have noted some recent figures from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors(RICS) which show that while the housing stock is growing, there are actually fewer houses being bought and sold at the moment . People therefore are staying in their homes longer, they say.

staying put

This ‘staying put’ trend is because, we feel, that if a home-owner needs more space in 2020, they don’t HAVE to move home. Many accept there is another realistic, less hassle 'option' very much to the fore these days...that is to 're-organise, re-vamp, extend and renovate their current home, instead of moving.'

'extend instead' option

With moving costs to take account of, the ‘extend instead’ option is very much a realistic choice for many, what with planning permissions having even relaxed and extension building, as we offer at Mint, more competitively priced than ever perhaps! Extending for that extra space you need does have the financial edge to a move in many instances - very much so!

average time ‘home-move’

Interestingly, as it becomes apparent, more and more home-owners are extending their homes in the UK these days .The RICS prove the point perhaps, as their stats suggest people are moving on average every fourteen-and-a-half years nowadays.

more economic

They further add that the reason is that it can often be more economic to extend a property, rather than buy a new one. By building an extension you get to save on fees, removal costs and other advantages such your children don't have to move school and other such important social and family issues. There is also the added value you give to your home which you can 'cash in' on when you do eventually sell-up and move on.

cost analysis

We hear from various of our clients that initially when they considered a house extension, it did seem expensive, but after some of the right advice and effective cost analysis, they got the 'good news' idea that the actual amount that was needed to budget for that extra room needed for your growing family was a much better bet than it originally appeared to be.

As indicated, it’s about keeping calm and not guessing an extension or renovation cost, but put in a bit effort to check and ensure you do have an accurate budget. The watchword is - “don’t guess it ...get the real facts”. Add the 'homeadviceguide' team - “Your budget for the extension should include all the materials, construction fees and house plans that will be required for renovating or extending your home. Before you even start working on an idea, you need to know about the building regulations so as to comply with it in regards to the location of sewers and other infrastructure”.

balancing act

Sound advice indeed - we at Mint understand your concern about the extend or moving ‘balancing act’ for sure. Our own ‘Extend Instead’ campaign very much aims to offer you all the house extension ideas and information that you need or even considered in order you can make a totally informed judgement.

talking straight

We are experienced and innovative and we will talk straight in all respects and if you are trying to cut on cost of a planned extension, then we can guide and advise you on that too. We will ensure you gain comfort and confidence from getting the right information in all respects so that you have a full understanding of your options and choices when it comes to the decision to go the extension route instead of packing up and moving.

ideal way

A final word from the Home Advice Guide - “Building a house extension is an ideal way to add as much space as you need to your property without the cost and hassle of moving. A home extension can add considerable value to your property .while also providing you with the extra living space you need. With some careful planning you can easily obtain the perfect extension for your home”.

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and build service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home. Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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