Dos and Don’ts of Home Additions

By July 11, 2017Blog
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As families grow and needs change, a home can begin to feel cramped and inadequate. One of the best solutions to this problem is to expand or add to your existing living space. This is often more cost-effective than moving to a new home. The simple addition or expansion of a room can increase your living space and add to your home’s resale value. However, not all renovations are effective. It’s important to consider the following dos and don’ts when evaluating if a home addition would be right for you.

DO

Increase the size of your kitchen

Kitchen improvements are a key selling point for every home. When making renovations, you will need to consider your needs as well as the needs of potential buyers. If you plan to sell shortly after renovating, you should create a kitchen space that is both functional and neutral. Keep in mind that chef’s kitchens, stone countertops and upgraded appliances are extremely popular.

Add additional bathrooms

The addition of one or more bathrooms can add significant value to your home. Before renovating, it’s important to consult with a professional to ensure that the location of your bathroom makes sense with your home’s layout.

DON’T

Overbuild for the size of your lot

Adding to your home can significantly increase its value. However, it can have an opposite effect if your addition sacrifices the size of your lot. While it might seem like a good idea to build to the edge of your property lines, doing so eliminates outdoor spaces that can be used for landscaping, entertaining or children’s play areas. Overbuilding can also upset your neighbors, homeowner’s association and city. Before making any renovations it’s important to obtain the proper permits.

Over-Customize

We can offer all the specialization you want – however, you should carefully consider the effects of customization on your home’s resale value. While you might adore lime green colored floor tiles, your home’s future owner might not feel the same way. If you plan to sell your home at any point, you will need to consider the wants and needs of potential buyers. It’s a good idea to stick to timeless and tasteful flooring, tiling and appliances.

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