If you've been thinking about adding some home additions, you should do some research and take as much time as you need to consider your project from start to finish before you begin. Many homeowners, in the excitement of it all, get in too much of a hurry and jump in head first before thinking about exactly what it is they want and need from their home addition.
Here are a few steps you should take before you begin your home addition project.
1. The first thing you should do is determine what you need and exactly how the space is going to be used.
2. Think about how your addition will look when it's finished. Will it blend in with your existing house and your neighborhood? You don't want to make it so big that it becomes too big for your lot. Additionally, you don't want it to be overbuilt for your existing neighborhood. Otherwise, you will lose the return on your investment.
3. Before you meet with your general contractor or remodeling company, you'll want to make a sketch of what you'd like your new addition to look like. This will be be used as a starting point for your project. This will also help your contractor envision what you want your project to look like. Don't worry, this doesn't have to be perfect. Your general contractor will be able to help you fill in the blanks and take your basic concept and turn it into the home addition of your dreams.
4. Now that you've got a general idea of what you want, you'll need to go over the plans with your contractor. Does your budget cover everything or do you need to pick and choose what to keep and what to cut from your plans. Your remodeling company can assist you with creative ways to help you fit as much as possible into your budget.
5. How will you pay for your home addition? Will you use your savings? Perhaps a home equity loan. Or maybe you'd prefer to refinance. Whatever you decide to do, you'll need to budget 80% for the actual project and allow 20% for any unforeseen changes.
6. It's best to know exactly what you want before you begin your project. Changing your mind or making changes after the project has started, will blow your budget and cause the completion of your project to be delayed.
7. Have your general contractor confirm with you that your plans will pass the code enforcement and building inspection process in your area. Additionally, your contractor should be the one who handles the entire permitting and final inspection process.
8. Consider the season before planning your project. If most of the remodel is inside, then the season won't be much of a concern. However, if a big part of your project is on the exterior, you'll need to plan your project accordingly.
If you would like more information about adding a home addition, please contact us. Smith Thomas & Smith Inc. General Contractors has had a good standing in the community since 1960. No project is too large or too small so give us a call. We look forward to serving you!