5 Ways Home Plans Can Make Or Break Your AdditionWhen you finally decide to move forward with your home addition plans, it’s important to stay focused and not get carried away. Perhaps you need this improvement to add space that will increase your home’s value in the future or you just need that extra bedroom for overnight guests. Even adding an entertainment room or a breezeway can add appeal to a house. Though adding on to your home is an exciting time, filled with fun possibilities, you may find yourself letting a few key points slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, these points can make those cracks wider and wider, thus breaking your home plans entirely. Here are a few key things to keep in mind before and during the renovation process:

  1. You Get What You Pay For Trying to cut corners may seem like a great idea when building, but it will wind up costing you in the long run. Using cheap materials when renovating comes at a much higher price than homeowners believe since it will cost more to fix it later. Don’t make this mistake, and get it right the first time!
  2. Do Your Homework It’s important to know what you’re getting into when starting construction on any project. Learn what to expect from contractors every step of the way so you can easily keep an eye on your home plan. First, conduct some preliminary research on how the process works, how long it will take, and about how much. Being prepared when interviewing possible contractors sets you up for a great discussion.
  3. Permits It’s important that you check with the local building department before starting home improvement projects to make sure codes are being followed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes it clear that codes keep people safe while making it easier for mortgage companies to evaluate loans. If you don’t get the correct permits, you’ll be faced with heavy fines and a halt in construction until properly inspected. Plus, you’ll need to know if your home plan aligns with local rules and conditions so you can make the necessary changes right in the beginning.
  4. Setbacks and Delays With any home construction plan, there’s bound to be hiccups. Homeowners need to understand that plans don’t often run as smoothly as they would like. Just knowing this fact will keep you fully prepared when something does go wrong and you won’t skip a beat. After the delay is dealt with, construction can continue as planned. Plus, you won’t be a tightly wound stress ball throughout the process if you expect the unexpected!
  5. Remember Future Buyers Though designing a home plan is a way to get your personal wants and needs met in a perfect home, remembering what future buyers might want should be taken into consideration. When adding a room, keep in mind that future buyers may not like your customized style so make sure it’s easily changeable or at least neutral. Potential buyers might not need an in-home theater or craft room, and could very well move along if they can’t envision another use for this space. You should also remember that a specific addition, like a kitchen expansion or new bathroom, will add even more value to your home when it’s time to sell. Choosing the right addition for your current family as well as future ones can be challenging but worth it in the long run.

By being prepared and aware of the entire home addition process, beginning to end, you’re ensuring a smoother ride for yourself. Taking into account the above list can save you time, money, and headaches. Cover all of these bases when starting a home plan and your new and improved home will be something your family can enjoy for years to come. 

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