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6 Valuable Tips When Having A Home Addition Project

January 10, 2022

Are you thinking about having a home remodeling project? Here are tips that will help you have a successful and easy time: Know your objectives This might sound simple, but it’s vital. You need to know the reason you are having the project in the first place. Do you need a spot for your guests? Do you need space for your teens to hang out with their friends? Once you have honed in on what you are looking to accomplish, you will have an easy time reconfiguring the space to your desired look. You will also have an easy time finding the right home addition builder, as you know what you want. While it’s important to think about the practicality of the project, it’s also important to think about the resale value of the addition. A good way to determine whether the project is worth it is to analyze other homes in your neighborhood. If most of the houses in your neighborhood have two baths and your house is the only one with a single bathroom, adding a second bathroom might be worth it. Gather the necessary legal documents You need to ensure that you are doing your project legally. The first thing to do is to have an accurate plot plan of your property showing all the property lines and their proximity to the existing and proposed buildings. This is vital as it ensures that you don’t build the new addition outside the jurisdictional setbacks defined by the local zoning laws. Besides this document, also get the relevant permits that ensure that your project is legally recognized and you are obeying all the construction rules of the land. Set a realistic budget There is no way you are going to undertake your project without money. The last thing you want is your project stalling so you need to ensure that you have enough money. When coming up with your budget, factor in the cost of materials, the cost of labor, and emergencies that might arise. To avoid stress and stretching yourself too much, stick to your budget to the tee. Even if the addition architects recommend a feature and it’s not in the plan, don’t add it. Gather inspiration Even if you know the kind of addition you want, it doesn’t hurt to look around and see what other people are doing. This calls for you to visit different homes. You can also find a lot of inspiration from buying guides, design magazines, and Pinterest. Remember that the purpose of doing this is to get some inspiration—not to change your entire project. So, get the inspiration with the aim of improving the areas you feel your project is weak on. As you are getting the inspiration, always think about your budget—the newly inspired addition should fit your budget. Know what you need Before you even draft your budget, you need to know everything you need for your project. From the timber to the nails, you should know it all and its role in the new space. Have a seating with your contractors and go over the entire project and […]

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Wondering What Order to Do Home Renovations? Follow This Guide

April 29, 2021

To avoid wasting money, time, and resources, you need to have a detailed order on how to accomplish your home remodeling project. The safest and most sensible way to go about it is to hire home remodeling architects to help with the planning, design, and budgeting, but what if you don’t have money? You should do it yourself. Wondering what order to do home renovations? Here is a guideline to follow: Make a plan The usual cliché, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail, holds even in a home remodeling project. Before you begin the remodeling, carefully assess the areas you would like to renovate and set your priorities. You will need money to accomplish the project, regardless of whether it’s big or small, so you need to come up with a budget. When creating the budget, factor in all the costs that you will incur. Think about the cost of the materials, transport, tapes, and others. The most difficult cost to budget for is the labor costs, but you will be on the safe side if you put it at 20-40% of your total budget. As you are coming up with a budget, remember to have a 10-20% contingency for emergencies. This amount might seem like a lot, especially when you are looking to make every dollar count but remember that you are better off being left with money once the project is done than to halt the project in the middle after your pockets run dry. Hire a contractor Unless you are a skilled handyman, you shouldn’t try to handle a remodeling project yourself, as you will waste a lot of time and money. Regardless of the size of your project, hire a contractor to handle it. The key to finding the right contractor is taking your time and not hiring the first contractor you come across. You should interview several contractors and settle on the most qualified. Avoid an extremely cheap contractor as they are most likely inexperienced, and chances are high they will botch your project. At the same time, avoid an extremely expensive contractor, as they might be ripping you off. Take your time and find a contractor that gives you value without having to part with astronomical amounts of money. Talk to your insurance company. Do you have home insurance? You should talk to your insurance company and ensure you have the amount of coverage that fits your needs. Most likely, the home renovation will raise your home’s value, so the insurance company should increase your coverage limits, so your investment has better protection. Secure the necessary permits and order the materials Most municipalities will require you to have construction permits, and not having them will have a significant impact on your project, so ensure you have them. You also should check the municipality’s regulations and ensure you adhere to them to avoid being on the wrong side of the law. While at it, order the materials you need for the project. These include: lumber, windows, doors, and drywall. Start the demolitions If there are areas of the house that you […]

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