Does your neighbor have an ADU that they can’t stop talking about? Have your friends put them in and absolutely love them? Oh, do we have some good news for you! Building an ADU yourself is easy as long as you know a few key tips.
Know Your Counties Laws
Every state has its own laws about developing an ADU. Within each state, counties also have varying laws. Make sure you know that it is legal for you to build an ADU in your yard. If you are not sure, you can always do a feasibility study to determine which type of ADU will work for you as well as where on your property and the size of it.
Be Sure To Acquire Your Permits
You are going to need permits to build the ADU on your property. Depending on your unique situation, the permit process may differ from your neighbors. That is why it is always best to consult ADU professionals about your development process to ensure you get all the necessary permits you need.
Don’t Hire The Cheapest Contractor
This is a general rule when building anything. The contractor you hire should never be the cheapest option because chances are they will cost you more money down the road with mistakes and setbacks.
Instead, you should hire a contractor that is licensed and insured. They should also be easy to communicate with since your entire ADU project rests in their hands.
Lastly, you should also aim to hire local ADU contractors. Often they have more experience in the area and can get you better deals with suppliers and local governments. Plus, as an ADU contractor and not a general contractor, they will be able to answer more of your ADU questions.
Don’t Cut Costs In The Wrong Places
Everyone always wants to cut their costs to make builds as cheap as possible and we understand that. But, there are a few key places when building an ADU that you do not want to skimp on. They include:
No one wants to live in a small dark box where they can’t keep any of their things or do their laundry.