It has finally happened: You need more space and you can’t possibly fit another storage shelf into your already cramped corners. Don’t stress! It’s normal that as your family grows your house grows with it. That’s why home additions are a great solution to giving you the space you need.
A home addition takes time, planning, and patience. However, all of it is worth it when you get to reap in the rewards of your new room.
Top 3 Benefits of a Home Addition:
Increased Home Value
Improved Storage and Living Space
More Affordable and Less Stressful than Moving
First things first: Get Your Permits
Home additions usually require building permits from your local township. Some neighborhoods limit the number of stories a house can have or enforce lot constraints. Therefore, before you get excited about your home’s makeover, make sure you get everything approved by the proper authorities.
Secondly: Establish a Budget
Attaching a home addition should be much more affordable than buying a new house, as long as you’re careful. Creating a budget plan for your new room is the key to a successful home addition. Don’t forget to factor in any long-term expenses your new room will add, such as increased heating, cooling, and electricity costs. And of course, be sure to allocate money for not just creating your new room, but furnishing it as well.
Leave some extra wiggle room in your budget for any unexpected hiccups along the way. Hopefully, you won’t need it. But if you do, you’ll be grateful it’s there.
Up Next: Preparing for Construction
Once you have your designs approved and your budget ready, pick out a well-trusted contractor to get the job done. If you’re having trouble deciding on who to pick (hint: the right answer is the qualified construction team at Eagle!), check out our blog on How to Pick the Right Contractor.
If you have your contractor all squared away, it’s time to prepare your home and family for a few months of construction. Create a schedule with your contractor and share it with your family so everyone is on the same page. If you have small children, plan trips or outings when construction is being done to keep your kids out of the way. Make sure you discuss safety with your contractor, especially cleaning up, so your children don’t get into any leftover tools and supplies that might be laying around.
Finally: Be Patient
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your new addition! Proper construction takes time, so remind yourself to be patient and not to feel frustrated. While your room is being built, keep yourself occupied with decoration prep. Pick out paints, shop around for unique furniture, and create some DIY decor. Just remember, a couple months of construction is worth the many years you’ll enjoy living in your new home addition.