Any type of a home addition is a considerable investment that entails both advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the interest rates and the property value, the economic benefits of adding extra space may or may not be lost, which is why it is imperative that you make an informed decision. In this article, we are going to take a look at the pros and cons of expanding your home and whether it is right for you.
The Disadvantages of Expanding Your Home
- A higher resale value is not guaranteed by a home addition. It is a common misconception that more square footage equals more money. With a bigger living area comes a bigger energy bill, a higher property tax, and an increased maintenance cost. In addition, the ultimate listing price is largely affected by the market conditions.
- It is a lengthy process. Depending on a size, home addition may take many months of construction. From limited privacy to noise and dust, a project of such magnitude may be emotionally draining and physically inconvenient.
- You may incur a hefty cost if the interest rates are high. It is very important to consider how a larger utility bill and property taxes are going to affect your annual budget. Remember, the higher the interest rates, the greater the cost of addition in the long run.
- You get complete and total control over the design. This includes the choice of new floors, new walls, and new materials that are completely unique to your vision.
- Some additions are built upwards—that is, you can add a second or even third story to your existing home. Any extra space, of course, brings more privacy but it may also serve as a space for your business or hobby.
- You may choose to build an addition for commercial purposes. Various types of ADUs or granny flats while still technically are part of your home, they may be easily rented out and bring additional income.
- While the benefits of expending your home is multitude, one of the most important advantages is, of course, a larger house that can accommodate a growing family. In that case, addition may safe troubles searching for a new home and moving.
So, Is It a Good or Bad Idea?
Weigh carefully the pros and cons of undergoing a large construction project. Ask yourself why are you considering an addition? What is your budget? Is it the right time or a season? Keep in mind that any addition requires City’s approval. This might take up to 3 months in addition to the construction process. No less important is to find a trustworthy contractor who can stand by the timelines and deliver a high-quality workmanship. Precision Home Design & Remodeling is specialized in large home additions. During the first free consultation, Precision representative can assess your individual situation and help create a unique custom addition.