It isn’t until about April or May that most remodeling companies start getting inquiries about home additions — which stands to reason. As a homeowner, you’ve likely spent a good two months hosting an assortment of family and friends over the holidays, feeling as if your home is about to burst at the seams. Then, as things quiet down, you’re essentially trapped indoors for another two months, giving you plenty of time to plot out what you don’t quite like in your existing space.
But here’s the thing about home additions. This type of project can take anywhere from three to four months to plan and usually entails the following:
- Interview contractors. Before planning can ever begin, you need to find and interview contractors for the job, which can take some time. Not only do you need to review their previous projects but determine whether you feel you can work with one more than the others.
- Determine cost in relation to budget. It’s always wise to get a rough idea of cost and feasibility for any type of remodeling project. A good place to start is the Cost-Vs.-Value Report for your particular area.
- Review preliminary plans. Ask the remodeling company to draw up some preliminary plans for the space, making sure to request different options for your consideration. Give yourself enough time to really review and weigh these options. This isn’t a decision to take lightly.
- Settle on a plan. After you’ve chosen a design plan, you’ll more than likely spend some additional time developing it further with a design professional.
- Finalize selections. As you and the design professional develop the plan, you’ll be asked to finalize all the materials and selections for the space, such as flooring, fixtures, cabinets, countertops, etc.
- Price out the project. It isn’t until you’ve decided on the plan and finalized selections that you’ll actually know the true cost of the project. If you need to make adjustments, now’s the time to do it.
- Get a contract in place. As soon as you get a contract in place, your project will get on the contractors schedule. Oftentimes, contractors must wait for their subcontractors to do things like dig holes or install foundations, plumbing, and electric. Without a contract in place, you’ll find yourself further back on the calendar.
With all the different phases, it’s often best to get moving on this type of project early. This isn’t to say there’s a rush in the process, as moving too quickly can make you feel like you’re missing something. It all depends on the type of decision maker you believe yourself to be. If you tend to need time to decide on something, it may be wise to get in touch with a remodeling company now.