From Engineering on March 19, 2008 in General
A home addition doesn’t have to be complicated; there are just a few simple stipulations to remember to keep your project problem free. It’s helpful to be educated in these areas before you’re knee deep into your project and it’s too late to turn back!
- You must have a permit for any new construction. Avoiding this process will only lead to fines, wasted time and money, and your new addition will not be included in the square footage measurement of your home.
- The project must be up to code and pass all inspections. Your contractor is required to have the county building inspector approve each step of the process. Normally, work will not continue until that inspector gives a green tag.
- Perform a comparison with neighboring home market values. Do a little investigative work and compare your home price with neighboring home prices. Be sure youre not overbuilding for your neighborhood.
- Determine the total cost of the project ahead of time. Avoid overextending and consider future return on investment.
- Arrange all financing for the project ahead of time. After obtaining an estimate from your contractor, determine how you are going to finance the project. Either youll intend to use personal funds for the project, or set up a draw schedule with your lending institution.
- Create an approximate timetable for completion, and determine the extent of your personal disruption threshold. Have a realistic expectation ahead of time as well as a contractual commitment from your contractor as to a timetable for the project. If you know what to expect ahead of time, it will be easier to cope with the disruption of your life.
- Choose the contractor who is going to complete the work, and formulate a plan for your own sweat equity investment. Carefully select the contractor you intend to use. Be sure he is licensed and bonded, and even recommended by a referral company. Its far better to pay more for quality, reliable work than to save money and run into unforeseen hassle. Discuss with your contractor which aspects of the project you intend to do yourself.
- Be careful when blending old styles with new materials and designs. When adding an addition, it is important to blend the new space into the old as gracefully as possible. Be careful to meld your styles and architectural design.
If you approach your project well-prepared and organized, there is no reason why your home addition cant be a rewarding process. Contact a certified professional today to begin your project on the right foot.
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