Frequently asked questions about home additions
➬ What do I need to do first? The best thing to do is to start making a list of the things you don’t like about your place and then visualize what is happening to you. Of course, sites like Pinterest and others can help, but don’t make them standard! Also, take the time to talk to friends and family and get their input – you might be surprised to hear what they have to say
➬ What happens to the money? This is probably the most important part! Be sure to set aside the money available to allocate at least 10% for unexpected expenses.
➬ Where can I find a reputable home adding team? Talk to friends and family at your local building supply store. They will be able to help you narrow down the list of local manufacturers. Then plan to interview them for a minimum of 3 (standard 5), listen to what they have to say about your project area, then make a decision. Remember that the minimum / maximum does not mean better. In fact, most people recommend going with a mediocre bid.
➬ Do I need to take a civil land survey? For interior renovations, this is usually not needed. However, adding a home means that if your home is to be enlarged, added to a deck or a gesture, or with a building outside, you will need to do a doe to make sure you are leaving a property line.
➬ Do I Need a Structural Engineer? This will depend on where your home is and whether you are planning to trim the walls. In this case, it is recommended to seek the advice of a professional!
➬ Do I need to draw blueprints? While these are not required in every home addition, it doesn’t hurt to draw a plan to make sure everyone is on the same page.