Not only can home additions create an entirely new look and feel for your home, but they can also increase the value of the home significantly. Home additions tend to be quite pricey, so most homeowners cannot afford to make huge mistakes. Fortunately, as long as you plan the renovations well and take care to avoid common mistakes, your home improvement project will likely be very successful.
Here are three common home addition traps that you should avoid to ensure the success of your home renovations.
1. Not Considering Outside Help
When it comes to small home renovation projects, it is not always necessary to hire contractors, especially if you happen to be good at working with your hands. However, when it comes to home additions, outside help is always necessary. Home additions tend to be very grand in terms of scale and you do ned an proven expert to make sure the job is done right. Some people make the mistake of not considering outside help because they want the project to be as inexpensive as possible.
However, the mistakes that will likely result due to the lack of professional will be very costly. In fact, these mistakes may cause your project to become even more expensive than it otherwise would have been. This is especially true if you opt to hire contractors mid-way through your project after wasting much of the costly building materials you purchased. Therefore, it is a must to hire professionals before you start a home addition. Of course, hiring just any contractor is not going to make your home renovation project a success. It is necessary to hire a skilled, reliable contractor to ensure the home addition project is completed properly. You should take the time to talk with and interview several contractors. Select your team after careful consideration and comparison of credentials and references.
2. Designing Without the Entire Home in Mind
Another common mistake that homeowners make when it comes to home additions is making decisions without keeping the whole property in mind. While you certainly want your home addition to create a new look for your home, you also want the addition to fit in seamlessly with the entirety of your home, including the landscape. Therefore, before you and your architect start planning the home addition, you should have the contractor visit your property to get a feel for its existing style. He or she should also have a look at the landscape.
You want to strive to be as consistent as possible when it comes to architectural features, style, and layout when planning out the home additions. Of course, if you’re planning on making major changes to your home, you can afford to be more creative with the design of the home addition. You just want to ensure the end result looks as cohesive as possible instead of looking like a huge jumbled mess.
3. Using Cheap Materials
A mistake that you definitely want to avoid is using cheap materials for your home addition. Many homeowners fall into this trap due to the high costs often associated with home additions. Therefore, to save some money, these homeowners opt to skimp on the quality of the building materials, a decision they often end up regretting immensely. Due to how pricey home additions usually are, the last thing you want is to have make repairs just a few months or years later.
Use quality materials and not only will the home addition come out great, but your new home will likely remain in good condition for many years to come. As you can see, there are many traps a homeowner can fall into when it comes to home additions. Fortunately, as long as you avoid the three major mistakes discussed above, your home renovation project will likely be very successful.