5 Questions to Ask a Contractor About Home Additions

5 Questions to Ask a Contractor About Home Additions

If your home simply isn't providing you with the space or function that you need, then it may be time to consider the possibility of a home addition. After all, home additions can provide you with additional living space and increased functionality, all while saving you the hassle of having to relocate. Still, before you decide to go forward with any home addition project, there are some important questions worth asking your contractor.

Are There Any Specific Zoning Limits?

Start by making sure that the addition you have in mind is feasible. You might assume it will be because you have plenty of land on which to build, but you need to take into consideration the fact that zoning restrictions could put a damper on your plans. For example, if your lot is zoned to where the structure needs to be a certain number of feet away from the road or from the edges of your property line, then this could put your addition in jeopardy.

An experienced contractor will be able to look at your property's zoning and make sure all necessary permits are obtained before breaking ground on your new addition.

How Much Value Will the Project Add?

Even if the main reason for your home addition is to improve your own quality of life within your home, you should still want to plan a home addition project that will provide you with a maximum return on investment--especially if you plan on trying to sell your home at some point down the road. The right contractor will not only be able to give you an idea on your ROI, but should also be able to help you plan your home addition in a way that will guarantee you the largest return on your investment.

How Will it Blend in With the Home

Have you ever seen a home where it was obvious that an addition had been built on? The idea of a successful home addition is that it's done in a way that seamless integrates with the rest of the existing home; in other words, the new section of the home shouldn't stick out like a sore thumb. Therefore, it's always a good idea to speak with contractors ahead of time about how the new addition will be incorporated into the rest of the home for a natural look, both inside and out.

What's Included With the Estimate?

When budget is a concern (which it always should be with such a large renovation project), it's also important to find out exactly what's going to be included with your home addition estimate versus what might cost you extra down the road. 

For example, will your contractor include the cost of debris and materials clean-up with your estimate or will that be an extra charged tacked onto the project? Remember that even seemingly small costs can add up big time with such a major project.

Will the HVAC Need to Be Replaced?

One last question that many homeowners fail to consider asking is whether or not their existing HVAC units will need to be replaced. After all, why should they? Can't the contractors just run the necessary ductwork to the new section of the home?

Unfortunately, it's not always as straightforward as this. Often times, existing HVAC systems simply aren't powerful enough to cool and heat the new section of the home. Instead, a newer furnace and/or AC system will need to be replaced to ensure the entire home can remain comfortable year-round.

By taking the time to ask your contractor these five important questions before starting a home addition remodel, you'll be in great shape. For more assistance in planning your home addition, contact us today.


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