When it comes to big, expensive projects, few can match the power of the almighty home addition. Depending on the size and scope of your home, adding in an addition to it can cost a pretty penny to say the least. Before you jump in, it’s important to have a clear plan in place to know exactly what you’re getting into. Sure, you will likely be hiring contractors to do the bulk of the heavy work; however, that doesn’t mean you will be without a role to play.
Everyone should have a strong budget in place before beginning any project, let alone a home addition. Get a good idea of what you’re looking for in the home addition, the materials needed, tools, hiring contractors and subcontractors, an architect, and more to give you a glimpse into what you’ll need to spend in order to accomplish your goals.
Plan for a loan
Unless you’re sitting on an enormous pile of cash, you’ll likely not be able to pay for the entire project upfront. Consider reaching out to a bank for a home equity loan, mortgage, or additional line of credit so you can properly fund what you’re trying to build.
Know your property lines
If you have neighbors close by, you’ll definitely want to check the extent of your property lines to make sure your home addition doesn’t end up stretching into someone else’s personal property. Certain cities and counties have different coding regulations as to how far out you can build. Yes, it can feel like a hindrance, but in the end will save you from legal trouble you don’t need.
Hire the right contractor and architect
While yes, it may seem rather obvious to hire a contractor and an architect, you need to hire the right kind. An easy way to do this is to ask friends or family members who may know of someone trustworthy to get the job done properly. You may even skim through Facebook for recommendations from friends or, if you’ve noticed a recent renovation in your neighborhood, ask a neighbor for advice. Going with someone people trust is crucial to ensuring you get exactly what you’re paying for.
Start the build
Once you have all that you need to get started, it’s time for the contractors and builders to do what they do best. From putting in a solid foundation to installing walls and new flooring and windows to installing drywall, roofing, electrical, and the like, this is where the real work begins to happen.
Once everything from the exterior to the interior of the addition is completed, it’s time to go through and make sure everything is exactly up to what you wanted. Double-check the HVAC system and the electrical to ensure everything is working properly. Run through any last-minute changes with your contractor, and congratulations – you have a bigger home! Enjoy!
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