Vital Home Additions Project Tips – Part 2

January 2, 2017

This is the second part to our two-part Vital Home Additions Project Tips. Below we discuss some other helpful tidbits you should consider before taking on a home addition project in the Twin Cities.

Chat with your neighbors.

Speaking with your neighbors about your new home addition will allow them to share any concerns that they might have. If your property lots are very close together, your new addition might obstruct their view or disturb their property in some way. By letting your neighbors in on your project plans, it will prove to them that you care about their interests. Hopefully they will return the favor if they ever add to their home as well.

Evaluate all utilities.

Now this tip could be a real budget buster! With many additions to homes, it is likely that the new part of your home will need to be attached to your HVAC system. You will have to make sure that your current system will have the capacity to handle more space in the home. The same goes for your electrical system. It is a good idea to have both an electrician and an HVAC specialist look at your current systems to make sure they will be able to keep up with the new addition. This can be done through your building contractor as well.

Contact a home building contractor.

It may seem overwhelming to be told to find an architect, an electrician, an HVAC specialist, or to find a licensed building contractor. An average homeowner knows very little about all of these things and it can take a lot of time to find trustworthy people to do the work. For now, it is best to focus on finding a licensed building contractor. Compare their services and look up reviews from customers. Find a contractor that has a good reputation in the twin cities and they will find the rest of the necessary qualified people to complete the job.

**Remember: have realistic expectations.

Having realistic expectations about every aspect of your project will put the whole thing into perspective for you. Be realistic with your budget, knowing that it might not be able to get you far as you want. With any home addition project, it is likely that there will be some issues that arise while the project progresses. In addition, with a home building project, it takes some time to build and you have to prepare yourself to be flexible while your home is under construction. There will be extra noise in and near your house during this whole project. Before you start a project, be sure that you will be able to handle the challenges that come with it. Your long-term satisfaction of the final home addition will be well worth the disruption of your home.

Starting a home building project takes a great deal of time, energy and resources. The tips above will help keep you organized and give you confidence when undertaking such a task.