Considering An Addition? Consider These Things First

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There are many reasons for considering adding an addition to your home. Many times, it's for more reasons than you just want or need the extra room. If you have owned your home for a considerable amount of time, in addition to wanting more room, you may simply be unwilling to move. Selling your home, finding a new one, packing and cleaning, and moving everything is anathema to many people, and for good reason- it's a ton of work.

You may also prefer adding an addition rather than moving to a larger house because you are established in a neighborhood you enjoy. You like your neighbors, it's close to your work, the children have their friends and schools, and you know what to expect from the community. A move can mean a longer commute, unfamiliar neighbors, and unhappy children who have to adjust to life without their pals and the comfort of routine at their schools. Many people simply want to stay in the home they have made so many memories in.

But before you rush out and hire a contractor to build the addition for you, ask yourself a few key questions first. This will help ensure you are not only making the right decision, but will end up happy with the results.

Will An Addition Add Favorably To Your Return On Your Investment?

If you live in a small, starter home, you likely need more space, especially if your family is growing. But if every house around you is also a starter home, adding a big addition may be a cost you might not eventually be able to recoup in the event you should decide to sell. However, if your home is one of the smallest in the neighborhood, an addition may work to your advantage financially, increasing your equity.

You also don't want to fill up your entire yard with an addition. If you have a small lot to begin with, an addition may not be right for you. But don't despair; think outside the box. You could always build up rather than out. You could also consider your basement space. Skilled contractors can do a fabulous job refinishing a basement into a new usable space that can meet your space needs.

What Kind Of Addition Do You Envision?

Do you want more bedrooms? A larger kitchen? Is your goal to have a family room or a room where the children can play, away from the rest of the house? Clarify your needs and goals before contacting a contractor, such as from Winston Brown Construction, to discuss the added space. This way, once you give them a call, you will be able to more effectively communicate your vision.

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