There are plenty of ways to have additions built or home improvements completed with economically-forward objectives. Aside from the obvious—shopping around for the contractor who can give you the best estimate – you can take some initiative yourself, rather than respond to an invoice with your money.
For starters, know you may not have to pay for the entire addition by yourself. That’s because you can count on tax credits from the federal government for certain home improvements and additions. To obtain these credits, the improvement to your home must either improve efficiency or contribute to the integrity of a historical structure without compromising its historical integrity.
Such energy efficient materials for which you can depend on a tax credit include anything from energy efficient windows, skylights and doors to roofing, insulation and climate control equipment. You will have to check with the programs available in your individual state and county. Likewise, it’s advised you look up the stipulations classifying historic structures and subsequent historic credits.
Executing as soon as possible is also sure to save you some money. When a plan comes to mind for adding a little more space to your home, the sooner construction is initiated the better. That’s because, accounting for inflation, the cost of materials only increase as time goes by. So as a rule as thumb, the cheapest time to build that addition is now.
The step you can take to save you the most money is making sure whoever you hire for your home improvement project follows jurisdiction guidelines and rules. Whoever is in charge must protect not only laborers on the job, rather, everyone potentially within proximity to the site. Making sure these requirements are met is imperative. Otherwise, you could be the one left holding the bag on municipal fines– which can get quite hefty.