One of the biggest changes you can make to your Rochester, NY, home is a full home addition. Whether you’re adding a 2nd story, a new room, or even larger redesigns, this is a big project that requires a lot of planning to go well!
If you want your Rochester home additions to go as smoothly as possible, there’s a lot to keep in mind. These are some of the most important considerations.
1 – Local property codes and regulations
Before going anywhere with a home addition project, it’s a good idea to contact your local city planning office and find out what regulations apply. Assume that the finished project will have to be inspected and approved before being considered complete. If you know beforehand what the regulations are, there’s far less chance of legal issues.
2 – Matching your existing home
Whenever you add to your property, you need to make sure everything is harmonious. The goal of an addition should be to make it seem as though the addition had always been part of the house. Be sure to hire a contractor with experience working on homes with designs similar to yours, to ensure they match.
3 – Don’t go cheap on materials
Unfortunately, a lot of contractors are willing to bid low and make it work by using substandard materials – which means your new addition could start falling apart within a decade or less. This is a project where you genuinely want to pay for quality materials, or else you could regret it in a few years.
4 – Does anything else in your home need updating?
If you’re already going to have a full construction crew on your property, it’s a good time to do any other repairs or upgrades you need. The overall costs will be significantly lower than if you do two separate jobs. So, if you need better wiring, new plumbing, or other home upgrades, go ahead and do it all at once if you possibly can.
5 – Always get multiple bids
No matter how prestigious or experienced a contractor might be, never go with the first contractor you meet. Always get at least 3-4 bids from different contractors. This will help you narrow down your budget and could also be useful in negotiations.
Rochester Home Addition Services
Spartacus Construction has years of experience building home additions in Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas. Contact us to consult on your project!