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Major Mistakes to Avoid When Adding on to Your Home

Are you considering adding on to your home? It’s a fantastic way to create extra space, enhance your living experience and increase the value of your property. However, common mistakes should be avoided to ensure a successful and stress-free project.

In this blog post, we discuss some common pitfalls and share valuable tips to help you navigate the home addition process.

Ignoring Local Building Codes and Regulations

One of the first steps in any home addition project is to familiarize yourself with local building codes and regulations. These rules are in place to ensure safety and consistency in construction. Neglecting to adhere to these guidelines can result in fines, delays, and even the need to undo completed work. It’s important to work with qualified and experienced home remodeling professionals and, ideally, a design-build firm that will ensure that you get the necessary permits for the work being done.

Hiring Unqualified Professionals

Hiring the right team of professionals is crucial for a successful home addition. Unqualified contractors can lead to poor craftsmanship, delays, and additional costs. To avoid this mistake, thoroughly research and choose a reputable company such as Marrokal Design & Remodeling. Don’t hesitate to ask for references, read online reviews, and verify credentials before hiring a contractor. Also, check out their case studies to see before and after projects. You’ll learn a lot about the quality of the contractor’s work and be able to see if that contractor is a good fit for your home.

Underestimating the Budget

Creating a realistic budget is fundamental in any home addition project. Underestimating the costs involved can lead to financial strain and an unfinished project. To avoid this issue, gather multiple quotes from various contractors and include a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses. By preparing a detailed budget, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re financially ready for your project. Often, prices change due to homeowners deciding to add to their home remodeling project. Thus, a change order is necessary. If you budget for that possibility, you won’t be forced to scrap something that you might really want to add because of trying to cut corners. Ultimately, it’s better to do all the necessary and desired work at one time rather than go back later and add something that really was important to you and your home.

Overlooking the Importance of Design

Design is significant in any home addition as it impacts functionality and aesthetics. A poorly designed addition can detract from your property’s appeal and even decrease its resale value. Consult experienced professionals to develop a design that seamlessly integrates with the existing structure, complements its style, and enhances the overall value of your home. Also, the finishing touches make a huge difference. You don’t have to pick those items on your own. Our A-Team of interior designers will walk you through the process and help ensure that your home’s look is both stylish, functional, and unique.

Not Considering the Impact on Your Home’s Resale Value

When planning a home addition, it’s essential to consider its potential impact on your property’s resale value. To ensure your addition positively affects your home’s value, focus on projects that offer a high return on investment, such as kitchen and bathroom remodels and Accessory Dwelling Units. Your design-build firm can draft architectural plans that incorporate what’s important to you in a remodel while also making it appealing to future buyers.

Focusing Only on the Interior

While it’s essential to focus on the interior layout and design of your home addition, don’t forget to pay attention to the exterior as well. An addition that clashes with your home’s exterior can negatively impact its curb appeal. Work closely with your design team to create a cohesive look that complements the existing architecture.

Neglecting Your Home’s Infrastructure

Lastly, don’t overlook your home’s infrastructure during your addition project. Consider factors such as the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems to ensure they can handle the increased load from the new space. Consult professionals to assess your home’s infrastructure and make any necessary upgrades.

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, complete home remodeling or bathroom remodel in San Diego, CA, contact Marrokal Design & Remodeling. Call us at (619) 441-9300 or visit our contact page to schedule a consultation. Register for our upcoming online seminar to learn more about home additions and accessory dwelling units!

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