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Adding on to Your Home? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes in Your New Addition

Adding an addition to a house can have a lot of upsides. If your family is growing, it can give you the space you need for more children. It can serve as a home office that produces revenue or a comfy guest room for visitors. There are many possibilities. However, quite often, such a project goes over-budget or just becomes a huge debacle in general. With that in mind, below are a few tips on how avoid costly mistakes when adding a new addition to your home.

 

Choose the Right Contractor

If you are choosing to implement a contractor like those from Fein Construction to complete the expansion for you, be very careful about your selection. Choosing the wrong contractor can turn into a huge mistake that you’ll soon regret. To avoid the most serious issues, you should always seek contractors that are licensed and provide good insurance. You should also seek out references and reviews. If a contractor has a poor reputation, you should be able to sniff it out before hiring them to build an addition to your home.

 

Put Safety First

Alternatively, if you have building experience, you may want to take on the job yourself to save money and give yourself more direct control over the project. While many people can build their own home expansions, you should also be extremely careful. Accidents can and do happen. 13 million people are injured while working on DIY projects each year. Repetitive motion injuries and muscle strain are also quite common.

 

Always Budget before You Design

One of the biggest problems in regards to adding a substantive addition to a home is the possibility of huge budget overruns. This often happens when a homeowner focuses more on the design process than the budgeting process. Instead of getting too wrapped up in designing your home addition, figure out how much budget you have for the project first. The budget should help steer the design process. If it’s the other way around, you will almost always end up spending far more than you planned to. You’ll also be far more susceptible to contractors taking advantage of the project to make more money.

 

There’s a lot that a home expansion can add to your home. However, there are also a lot of serious problems that can derive from such a project such as being fleeced by contractors or injuring yourself while doing the work on your own. Be meticulous enough with your planning of a home addition project to avoid these problems.

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