When you start thinking about a home addition, you won’t know what you don’t know until it’s possibly too late. There are lots of questions you’ll need to find the answer to. Here are just a few of them.
Should I add an addition to my house?
This is probably the first question you’ll ask yourself. After all, any type of home addition is an investment on your part. While you may want to invest in one to give your home’s retail value a boost, you may also want to undertake this project, so you’re more comfortable in your own home. Regardless, it’s important to make sure your add-on is cost-effective.
What type of home addition should I construct?
There are a lot of different types of additions you can add to your home. Most of these additions will cost $80 – $200 per square foot, depending on your home’s style, how you want the addition laid out, and the materials you use. Some of the most popular room additions include:
- Kitchens can make or break a home. You don’t want one that’s too small or poorly designed.
- Adding on a mudroom is beneficial in many ways, but you need to consider what size and additions you want to incorporate.
- Sunrooms can elevate modest homes by letting in tons of natural light.
- Bathroom additions will greatly increase your home’s value. You can easily convert a closet or the area underneath your stairs into one if you don’t want to add a whole room.
- A functional home office will greatly increase your home’s value since more people are working from home today. This can be as easy as converting a spare bedroom or a section of your basement into one if you don’t want to add on to your home.
Will I do the work myself or hire a general contractor?
If you decide to do the work yourself, you and your crew will need to have the necessary skills and know-how to do the work correctly. This is important because you’re responsible for every mistake you make, so you need to know your limitations and when to hire a general contractor. Of course, if you have no DIY know-how, you should just hire someone to do the work for you outright.
How do I find a reputable general contractor?
Start by asking your family, friends, and co-workers who’ve had similar work done on their homes, especially if they’re happy with the work. Another popular option is to look at a contractor grading service (e.g., Angi.com, HomeAdvisor.com, Houzz.com, ImprovementCenter.com) that lists services based on grades from reviews that people have left. In either case, you should interview a few different general contractors before deciding on the right one to undertake your home addition project.
The Bottom Line
Before you undertake a home addition, it’s important to know everything that it entails. After all, you not only want things to go smoothly, but you also want them to look great once completed. These are two very important reasons why you should contact our general contractors at Hybrid Construction LLC in Tampa, FL, when you’re ready to get started.
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