Home Addition Projects and Their Challenges
After deciding to add another story to your house, adding a new room, or remodeling your kitchen, you need to consider certain aspects of the project. Before starting your next home addition project, read about some of the most common challenges homeowners face so that you can dodge them in the future.
1. Getting the Budget Right
It’s highly recommended to get at least two to three quotes for any home redesign project. Compare the differences between the prices and settle for the better option. If you can, ask neighbors or friends for price references if they’ve done a similar project in the past to get an idea of how much you should expect to pay.
2. Hiring the Right Team
It’s not every day that you need to hire a contractor or a crew for a remodeling project. Spend the necessary time finding the right choice, consult with friends who have taken on similar journeys, and don’t forget to read online reviews to get an idea of their experience and previous work.
3. Staying Within Budget
Unexpected complications can occur during these situations, and it may be challenging to stay within budget. Add an extra 10-20% to the budget for inconveniences. Ideally, you won’t have to use that money, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Finding Suitable Materials
You may create a list with all the things you need, but once you purchase them, you will realize that you need more materials for the project. Try to get as many as possible, just in case. Or even better, ask your contractor if they can take responsibility for buying all needed materials and stay within your budget.
5. Dealing With Possible Delays
The working crew may start later than expected; they may go to your place later than agreed or have complications meeting the deadline. For situations like this, it’s recommended to establish the start and end date on a contract. Also, agree on what would happen if they go over the deadline.
6. Figuring Out the Right Addition for Your Lifestyle
Sometimes, you feel that you know what you want for your house addition but later find out that it will not suit your lifestyle like changing your office room too close to the living room. Keep an eye on keeping these potential changes in line with your current lifestyle. If you must, consult with an interior designer or a general contractor to help you get better ideas.
7. Managing Different Teams
It’s very common to hire additional contractors or specialized teams for every part of the house. Try to keep them all aligned, both within budget and time, to avoid annoyances with the project. Some companies might offer several contractors under one roof; opt for those companies if you don’t want to take on a project manager role.
8. Supervising the Project
When working on a home addition project, you may feel the need to supervise the process constantly. It’s okay to check every once in a while, but sometimes it’s better to let professionals feel free with the task, and they will take care of it.
Once you know all the possible setbacks for this project, you will be more alert as they happen and hopefully will be able to solve them. Good luck!
In case you have any questions or need home addition design requests, feel free to contact us.
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with fence & event rental supplier, Viking Fence.