Planning a renovation is both exciting, and stressful. Having the right contractor for your project is the key in turning your home-building plans into a reality. Here are four questions that you should ask your contractor to ensure that they are the right fit for you.
1. Should you move out during the renovation process?
Construction on your home can be both stressful and noisy. So it is always good to plan ahead. If you are planning to live on the first floor during your renovation, it is always a good idea to move your belongings to areas in the house that won’t be exposed. Relocating personal belonging to off – site facilities is another option to look into. Things are going to be turned upside down. So deciding whether to temporarily relocate or not is something to think about.
2. What is the projected timeline for the project?
How long it takes for a project to be completed depends on the size and configuration of your addition. When asking this question, you want to have a specific amount of time in terms of weeks or months. If a contractor is unable to give specifics, they probably were not the best choice, because they could charge you extra for extra time, materials and labor fees for a project that was completed in twice the amount of time it should have taken. Having a schedule that outlines tasks allows for more concrete deadlines. It will also give you better sense of whether the project is lagging.
3. Are there any zoning restrictions to consider?
When it comes to additions, generally, most districts have very strict rules about where and what you can build. Zoning laws vary from town to town, so knowing these laws in your area is a good idea. While it may be annoying or an inconvenience to double check all of your plans with your town, it is easier than beginning a project then finding out you have to alter something.
4.How will the addition tie into the house?
When adding onto you house, you want to make sure that the new space works well with the existing space. Making sure that it looks the same and appears to be a part of the original structure is important. To achieve this be sure to hire an architect to help you with the finishes and even get advice from them. Renovations can add value to your home, so it is important to make decisions that make you happy, but that also could appeal to potential buyers.
Remember there are many things that you and your contractor need to discuss before starting your project. These are just a few suggestions and common issues to think about. Do research and make sure you understand the answers to the questions and it will be easier to make a decision.
My wife and I have been wanting to do home additions to our house for a while now, and I think that being able to know a little bit more about what we should ask the contractor would be really helpful! I hadn't even thought about whether or not we should move out during our home construction, or if it would be an issue. I'll have to make sure to ask our contractor about staying in our home during the addition's construction, or if we'll need to find somewhere else! Thank you!
4/17/2019 12:06:42 pm
I like your suggestion to discuss the timeline with potential contractors and see if they can provide a schedule that outlines tasks. My husband and I are interested in getting a home addition so we can add an additional bathroom and expand the size of our kitchen. I'm glad I read your article because I previously wasn't sure what qualities to look for when we search for a home addition contractor.
3/19/2021 04:33:02 am
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