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Adding On To What You Got, Home Additions.

The place you bought that used to fit like a glove no longer does and someone starts dreaming about a "house addition".

Lots to consider before putting up the staging, lining up the workers and getting the permits. For the  hammer and nailing to piece it together correctly from whatever is delivered for housing materials from the local lumber yard. maine home photo

Will what you want to add on to the home you currently own achieve your housing needs for now and beyond?

Or will you be swimming in too much house in just a few short years ?

When the kids fly the coop and leave the nest that now has larger payments when that extra money should be going reallocated and flowing into the college accounts? Eventually you the home owner with all the extra, empty new space finds yourself swimming in the shoes of a house seller.

Reversing direction quickly to recover and recoup from the housing expense. And assuming what you created for extra housing will be found attractive and go down smoothly as it heads to a real estate closing. As you begin racketing it all back, looking for house size reduction better fit on the current stretching housing to be more comfortablehousing market. When you throw it all into diet mode in the expand and contract in your home size square footage. On whatever you pay for property taxes on once or twice a year and call home sweet home... for the moment.

And what is this little add on to the house you now have going to set you back in the green stuff?

When you scream "Stretch" and something has to be done about the busting at the housing seams.

As you open up the purse or wallet wide and say "AAHHHhhhhh."

To make everyone inside the home more comfortable. For now.

What exactly is the cost once the sawdust settles and all the tradesmen pack up their house construction tools and back out of the yard for the last time? Will what you build blend in and fit the surroundings on all four sides in the local real estate market if you put the place up for sale due to a slew of life events that make selling it necessary? Often the gotta add on is because moving, relocating to a new area shows nothing much in the inventory for what you need and winter is approaching fast. So adding on to existing is the option reached for rather than building a home from stratch. Be careful how you do that delicate surgery.

Adding on to what you now have for a house. Is it even possible with present zoning, HOA's and bank approval for the home addition to bolt on what is lacking to fit your housing needs today? Lots to consider before drawing up the house sketch blueprints, the  "hammer and saw horse time".

Read the full article that explores the topic of putting on a house addition to your present home.

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Comment balloon 20 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • April 24 2017 11:23AM

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Every home owner has to consider the cost vs. benefit of an expansion or redesign, how it will fit in the community, what kind of return they will get, etc. Thanks for sharing, Andrew Mooers 

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 3 years ago

All needs consideration.  Benefits of adding to the home verses the sales price when it is done.  Don't over do for the neighborhood.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 3 years ago

Good morning Andrew Mooers ,

I really like your informative post on considerations that must be addressed when a homeowner feels they need to stretch the size of their home to accommodate their current living arrangements.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 3 years ago

Happens to everyone of us after a few years of buying a new home!

The place you bought that used to fit like a glove no longer does and someone starts dreaming about a "house addition".

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 3 years ago

Oh yes, lots to think about. It's not just wanting to do it...but can it be done!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 3 years ago

Nathan Gesner .. They better or the real estate agent listing the place down the road will point out with all due respect what expensive mistakes were made along the way of adding on to the home.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Rose Mary Justice .. Keep in mind what is going on around you! That works best. Never add on to a mobile home either. The story video about additions to old trailers that is a real estate movie that never ends well.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Dorie Dillard ... You are so right about the need for thought and careful planning when talking additions on an existing home. The end result is not always so pretty in many ways.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Sham Reddy ... Happy with what you got changes. Got it and thanks for weighing in today!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ... Should it be done or put down the hammer, keep your hands where we can see them and walk away Mr Home Owner. Find something bigger and better without delay and added expense or drama. Yeah, do that is often the best advice.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Very wise to consider all angles before leaping in to adding on to a home. Watching some English shows called Grand Designs really about building a home from scratch, but equally applicable to an addition they always take longer and cost more than estimated.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 3 years ago

Lots to consider in adding on...and often better to find another house !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

Andrew

Our grandparents and great grandparents stretched their homes to fit there needs.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Hi Andrew.  I often dream about adding a room to my place, until the reality of the cost and hassle make me come to my senses.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Andrew, I find it is better to buy another house than to add extra rooms.  In my neighborhood, one neighbor added another garage and added two bedrooms over the garage. They have six kids and should have just found a bigger house. THe house sits on a small lot and may be hard to sale.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Andrew,  thanks for all the information for consideration in adding extra rooms.  There really is a lot to think about besides just the immediate outlay.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ... The undo, redo, build again around constraints is delicate and expensive house surgery.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson ... The best way to go depends on the market, what's available, the size of your wallet, how handy you are going to be in the DIY rehab and add on. Buy new, keep it as the ace up your sleeve as an option.

Lou Ludwig ... And the younger family members shelling peas from the big garden benefited from grandma's on life, love, attitude and as a history resource as a teacher on the front porch during the exercise.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Gabe Sanders ... Better than couch surfer and taking alternate nights when your friends have no vacancy on the chesterfield, and you have to sleep in your car. Frame it in and peck away, knit on that addition slowly. Steady on the ladder.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Rebecca Gaujot ... Like making a Yugo or Pinto into a stretch limo... cheaper, better end result and less to change room by room either existing or added on. By buying bigger, better housing that was designed as a whole for more living space, for whatever was lacking in your existing home sweet home.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Bob Crane .. You got that right.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

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