Getting your home ready for Autumn

As the summer holiday season comes to an end and evenings start to draw in you might be thinking about getting your home ready for Autumn.

Do those draughty windows and doors need replacing or would installing a wood burning stove create a cosier atmosphere in your living room? Perhaps you have slightly bigger plans for a garage conversion? Not only would it give your family more space as you spend more time indoors over the coming months but it’s one of the most cost-effective ways of adding value to your home.

Most garage conversions don’t need planning permission* but you will need to make an application to building control before the work starts so the conversion can be checked and monitored to make sure it meets the required standards and is safe for you to live in.

Getting your home ready for Autumn Our team at Southern Building Control Partnership (Southern BCP) has produced a series of free homeowner guides. They are packed with tips on planning, budgeting and implementing your project; from new windows, a wood burner or bathroom, to extensions and garage and loft conversions. If you’ve ever thought of building your own home there is even a guide for self-builders.

• A guide to extending your home

• A guide to renovating your home

• A guide to custom build

To view the guides and lots more information including our project blogs and useful videos visit You can contact us at or call 0330 024 9355 to request hard copies or discuss your project.

*We recommend you visit the interactive house at to find out more about planning permission or check with your local council planning department.

Southern BCP is the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) shared service for Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge Councils. We are a large local team working out of Dorking and Oxted and recently gained ISO9001 accreditation in recognition of our quality and standards.


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