So you spent your time looking through home magazines, watching home improvement shows, studying friend’s houses and you finally decide that you want to build an addition onto your home. It could be for a bedroom, bathroom or even a cozy little den. But you’re adamant about your decision and you’re ready to begin the process. Well, before you do. There are some questions you should ask yourself.

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What’s my budget?

Arguably the most important question you should ask yourself. You should be aware of your budget when you have room addition plans. After all, building a home addition isn’t cheap! You should do your research on home renovation companies and have a number in mind when you’re ready for the project. Also, the cost of an addition varies based on the room and where you live.

Will the addition tie into the house?

When you add onto your home it requires a bit of finesse to make it look like it belongs. Here are a couple considerations to keep in mind: how will the roofline connect to the house? How will the addition look from the road or yard? How will you complement the style of the house from the interior and exterior finish materials? Those are important responsibilities, so it may be best to consider hiring an architect or designer to help create a plan.

How long will it take?

No matter what size room you’re adding onto, it’s going to take some time. It’s smart to think in terms of daily living. Will it affect your day to day life? Will you have to stay with friends or relatives? When is the projected end date? It’s best to ask your contractor these questions before getting started.

Will the addition add value to my home?

Even if you don’t plan to sell anytime soon, it’s a good idea to have that type of mindset. You may take out a home equity line of credit and you’ll want the best possible appraisal of your home.  Consider the resale value of the addition. You might as well plan the project with realistic expectations about payback.

Are they any zoning restrictions to consider?

Some people may not be aware most municipalities have rules about what you can build where. Even though local zoning laws vary in residential areas, you generally can’t build anything within 20 feet of the front property, 7.5 feet on either side, or 15 feet of the rear.

Will I need a dumpster to clean up the debris?

Once you’ve organized your room addition plans, you may realize there will be a lot of materials to discard. So where are you going to put it all? Renting a roll off dumpster is the best way to get rid of the debris. Renting a roll off dumpster will not only be the resource for organizing your waste but will also improve the productivity of the room addition.

What inconveniences should I prepare for?

Adding onto a room that you use every day can be an inconvenience. Especially if it’s the bathroom or kitchen. You’ll want to plan accordingly. If you do plan to rent a dumpster, consider where you want the haulers to place it. Some people have it placed in their driveway, some in their yard. It’s your preference. But do consider the inconveniences. If you have the dumpster in your driveway it will affect where you park your cars. You’ll also want to remember during drop off and pick up that the path way to and from the dumpster must be free from obstruction.

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