Home additions are a great way to add extra living space, but they're not a decision to be made lightly. Here are five things you need to know before you start your home addition project.
1. Determine Your Budget
The first thing you need to do is determine your budget for the project. This will help you set realistic expectations for what can be accomplished and avoid any financial surprises down the road. Keep in mind that the cost of materials and labor will increase if you live in an area with a high cost of living. You should also factor in the cost of permits, which can vary depending on your municipality.
2. Choose the Right Contractor
Once you have a budget in mind, you'll need to find a reputable contractor who can bring your vision to life. Get multiple bids and make sure that each contractor is aware of your budget constraints. Ask for references and check out the contractors' previous work to get an idea of their quality.
3. Get the Proper Permits
Before any work can begin, you'll need to obtain the proper permits from your municipality. The last thing you want is to have your project shut down halfway through because you didn't follow the rules. Make sure your contractor is familiar with the permitting process and that they obtain all of the necessary permits before beginning work.
4. Know Your HOA Rules
If you live in a community with a homeowners association (HOA), there may be restrictions on what type of home additions are allowed. Be sure to review your HOA's rules before starting any work to avoid violating them and incurring penalties.
5. Expect the Unexpected
No matter how well you plan, there's always a chance that something will go wrong during construction. Whether it's an unexpected delay or an unforeseen repair, be prepared for anything that might come up so you're not blindsided by unexpected costs. by keeping a contingency fund in your budget for these types of situations.
Adding on to your home is a big undertaking—but it can also be a rewarding one if done correctly. By taking the time to plan ahead and educate yourself on the process, you can ensure that your home addition project goes off without a hitch.
Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.