When it comes to adding an addition, there are several questions that need to be answered. Some of the most important is whether the job requires a permit and if it will be a code violation. For a stress-free project, follow these tips for adding an addition to your home.

Set A Realistic Budget

Before adding an addition, you should come up with a budget, then figure out what you need to make the addition a reality. Include all of your expectations for this addition, add it up, and if you are over your budget, remove items you don’t absolutely need. Make sure to set realistic goals and financial limitations to stay within your budget. No matter what you’re adding, be prepared to sacrifice a few things so you don’t go over.

During this initial phase in the renovation, you should contact different contractors to find the lowest estimate. Just make sure to thoroughly research the company beforehand, because a low estimate can sometimes mean poor craftsmanship.

Hiring A Contractor

Depending on the complexity of the addition and your construction skills (or lack thereof), you may need to hire a contractor instead of doing the job on your own. Attempting to do a job that you don’t have the skills for can set you way over your budget. In general, adding an addition is a large renovation that requires a high level of skills and training. It’s okay to know your limitations and leave big projects to the professionals. Do the tasks that you can manage on your own, as this will help you save money.

Consult With Realtors

Before adding an addition, one of the questions you should ask is whether it will add or detract value from your home. The answer will make a big difference when it comes time to sell. As a result, it’s recommended that you consult with a local realtor. They will know whether your addition will add value to your home, based on your neighborhood. It may seem like it will pay off, but it is never a good idea to overspend on an addition, as it may be impractical given your location.

Consider The Return On Investment

Different additions can perform the same task, but one may be more profitable than the other. It’s important to consider why you want the space. From there, determine if the space has the potential to yield the highest ROI, or if there is a more profitable solution that will appeal more to buyers. Consider the most profitable additions:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen expansions
  • Master bedroom expansion
  • Second story additions

If you don’t see the addition you want here, ask yourself if one of these more profitable additions can function similarly to what you have in mind.

Avoid Building Code Violations

There are some additions that are straightforward DIY projects. You may not think you’re violating building codes in the process. 

For example, adding a new outlet in your bathroom should be okay to do on your own, right? 


There is a right and wrong way to do practically every type of renovation in your home. If you are not sure whether your addition is breaking code violations, check your local building codes and permit requirements and call your building department for information before working on your property.

Get A Permit

In our line of work, we know all too well why people get code violations. They don’t do their research before starting, they didn’t want to spend time applying for a permit, or they assumed they would save money if they did not apply for a permit. The reasons are countless. To avoid a costly headache in the future, when you want to sell your home, the team at Close Permits Fast recommends that you always get a permit before renovations, as this will ensure that you avoid home addition code violations. More importantly, you ensure the safety of your home.

Contact Close Permits Fast

Our team is skilled at helping individuals close common code violations, including the addition of unsafe structures and construction without a permit. Our years of experience have given us useful insights. Follow these tips for adding an addition to your home. For help closing permits and code violations, call 888-905-4436.