Looking For Summer Houses For Sale? Here Are Some Things You Need To Consider
6th March 2019
When looking to buy a summer house, your thoughts may immediately go to the costs involved, but there is so much more you need to take into consideration. Here are our top things to consider when looking at summer houses for sale.
Find a Reputable Seller
Shop around to find a reputable seller. Look at their website at the kind of summer houses they have for sale online, check the reviews on their site and then double check those across the internet to ensure that they are genuine and take the comments on board.
Also, take the time to email or phone the company to get a feel for how they work and ask for a few quotes as well as confirmation of the work they will carry out for you. Find out how the summer house has been made, what insulation has been used, what extras can be added on, whether there’s a guarantee after purchase.
You certainly don’t want to be left with a building you cannot use because it doesn’t come with electrics, heaters, insulation etc and you need to be prepared if you have to assemble one yourself!
Most modern summer houses for sale online will not require planning permission as they fall within permitted development rules under class E.
This is pre-approved planning permission as long as your room is built subject to a number of limits and conditions which are as follows:
1) That the garden room is no higher than 2.5m from the bottom of the building to the top of the roof (if within 2m of the boundary).
3) It is not to be used for living or sleeping accommodation.
2) That you do not take up more than 50% of your garden area with this or any other buildings.
It is very important that you check the height of the summer house you are looking to buy either on the website or in person to ensure that you are not going to be in breach of these rules. Check out this guide from Gov.com.
Your research into planning permission will also bring up information on building regulations. Again, you should be OK as long as:
1) You aren’t intending to sleep in it.
2) It’s under 15m squared, or between 15m and 30m squared and at least 1m from any boundary
Do your own investigation into all of this, speak to your local council, check your deeds in regards to the boundaries and what you may or may not be allowed to do and also speak to your neighbours to prevent any future complaints once your summer house is built. You can find out further information on both of these last points here.
Planning where in your garden your new summer house will sit will depend on several factors.
1) The perfect spot; think about where you would like to sit and take in the view.
2) The points from above in regards to planning permission and building regulations.
3) The size you opt for and how much space it will take require.
When looking at the styles of summer house for sale, take all of these points into consideration and if time permits, plan your space out on the ground using tape, rope or spray markers.
This will really help you to get a feel for how it will look and whether your original ‘perfect spot’ really will work for you.
The location you pick in the end may also depend on how you are planning to run the electricity supply to your new summer house.
Most people run a cable under their lawn/patio/paving up to their building, or along the fence which is easier; but you will need to seek the advice from a reputable electrician to discover which is feasible for your property.
Again, to check if there are any regulations in place that may prevent you from doing this.
Security may not seem like an obvious thing to consider but if you are going to be keeping valuable items, equipment etc inside your summer house all year round, you will need to think about what your options are in terms of protecting them.
Locks on the doors and windows may immediately come to mind but you may really want to consider sensor lighting, an alarm system or CCTV.
And finally, when looking at summer houses for sale, you will want to go for a structure that is pleasing to the eye, that will fit in well with the rest of your garden, not be too overbearing and will provide you with a fantastic new feature that you can admire for years to come.
Our top tip for this would be to fully check the quality of the wood used, the finish on the roof and inside the building as well as how weatherproofed it has been. You want a summer house that will continue to look good years after purchase and the quality of products used will ensure this for you.
What is important to you when looking for summer houses for sale?
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