questionshave any wooters done a major addition to your…

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We have not added to our home, but here is a little advice. When you are ready to hire a contractor, check their references and verify them personally with other customers. Make sure your contractor is bonded & insured, and spell EVERYTHING out in a binding contract. Our neighbors lost a small fortune when their builder flaked out on them 1/2way thru the construction of a garage w/apartment. They were out $29,500 which was about 1/2 of the total, and then had to spend months in court fighting it out. They ended up moving without the interior finished and I still don't know if the contractor ever made good on the judgement against him.

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No. I need to get a bunch of work done (kitchen and bath mostly) and I am not looking forward to the process.

One thing I have learned, never pay more than like 1/4 to 1/3 up front. There should be performance clauses in the contract. I think there may be more info available on places like your state/county consumer advice website and maybe the BBB. I'm sure other wooters have more advice to offer.

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I always have deadlines spelled out in these types of contracts. The contractors seem to get a lot of work from other people and never seem to come back to your job. They somehow think once they have your down payment, they don't have any encouragement to come back. Or they will begin the job and never come back knowing you're locked into a contract and you cannot hire someone else to finish. They plan on coming back when the incoming new jobs settle down.

Having set deadlines and payment schedules let them get paid as the job gets done. Pour concrete, get paid. Don't get it poured by a deadline, 10% discount. Miss another deadline, 20% discount. Ect.

I had this problem with one house and vowed to never have it happen again. The second house I had the addition created immediately and only paid 1/3rd at a time as work was completed.

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I live in East Tennessee

Find a contractor that has been around a while. Get references and follow-through with reaching out to them. Have them rate the experience. It could save you money in the long run. The above comments have covered this pretty well.

Depending on the area you're in, you may be required to have inspections done as the work goes on. Some states/counties are more relaxed than others, but it's important to know that ahead of time.

We've done a lot of renovations from bathroom remodels to full-on construction projects in our 7 years of home ownership. Depending on the layout of your home and garage, this project could be either very simple or very difficult. For example, if your garage currently sits on a slab (it most likely does), you will need to strengthen the footers to help account for the extra weight you're adding. You will also likely need some sort of support in the garage (perhaps you already have one) to keep the upstairs from falling into the garage.

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Be sure you see any invoices you get from the contractor when he wants money to pay his subs for their work. The last thing you want is a nice room and a handful of mechanics' liens against your home because the sub-contractors didn't get paid.

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@magic cave: You don't need the actual invoice but a signed subcontractor's release of lien document would be nice.

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@cengland0: :::laughing::: Many thanks. Can you tell how many years it's been since I used to have to sort through the sheafs of paper for my employer, making sure everything was proper?

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We live in southwestern Ohio. Two years ago we put on a 17x19 addition on piers. This more than doubled our dining room (the kids had kids who now have SOs). This included a 6x17 foot laundry room. Approximately $30k. Our contractor lives two houses away from us and has lived there for at least 25 years. His wife babysat for us when she was a teenager. So we might not have done all the necessary checking that we would do with a complete stranger. We paid in thirds. When all the material was delivered, one-third. So much done, one-third. Finished, one-third. There were several local inspections that passed with no problems. Also, came back after a year to fix some minor problems.

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What everyone above said... And, have an idea of exactly what you want and know what you can afford... Stick to your plan, Extras are expensive and sometimes really, really expensive...
Be prepared and have a reserve for unexpected issues, because, there will be unexpected issues...
Get more than one estimate and compare them, you can negotiate with the contractors...
If there is additional work that the house needs try and have it included in the contract, bundling generally will save you time and money... Generally...
In addition to insurance make sure the contractor is responsible for any permitting, licenses and inspections...
If possible, find out in advance what the Tax increases will be so you aren't surprised later...
Everything will cost more than you expected, about twice as much, sometimes even more...
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Continued from above:

Educate yourselves in advance about materials and rebate programs... Some states have mandated energy efficiency programs that will help you pay for such things as insulation, lighting, heating, air-conditioning and appliances etc... Check your electric bill for more local information...
Talk to your Tax Return person/Accountant... There may also be local, state or federal tax rebates... Home Office/Small Business?? business deductions, etc...

Getting tired, I'll post more if I can think of them... Good luck this could be a lot of fun if you are prepared...

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Thanks to all for taking time to help ♥

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@ohcheri: ...And so, I missed you. Hope you were able to see that you were #1 on the Leaderboard!!

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Late to the party here, but also make sure your contractor has pulled the proper permits. I had a deck and screen room added that have given me tremendous joy, but I suspect my contractor did not pull any permits for the work, which was both construction and electrical. It has caused me to be reluctant to challenge my exorbitant tax bill, and year before last the City did this big 'rat out your neighbor" campaign for illegal construction that made me nervous, although my neighborhood is very much not like that. It's been about 4 years now and they've torn down City Hall now and City services are in chaos so I am going to take the gamble and challenge my tax rate. But I could have saved hundreds in taxes if I'd been sure my contractors spent a hundred or so on the needed permits.