There’s a lot to think about when planning a home addition. You’re probably thinking about all the space you’ll have, how you want to design it, what furniture you need, and even how you’ll show it off when it’s done! Before you get ahead of yourself, there are a few things you should consider before you begin.


When you’re putting on an addition, you’ll need permits, a survey map showing your property lines, the deed to your home, and more. You need to ensure that your addition is entirely on your property and adheres to local ordinances for distance from neighboring properties. Failure to do so can result in your addition being torn down and potentially extensive legal battles.

Professional Help

Get an architect. You may know exactly what you want, but a professional architect can draw up detailed plans for you. An architect will create your space, taking into account all of the particulars of your home.

Detailed Budget

Your architect is a great resource when creating a realistic budget. There are many details beyond the labor and materials that go into an addition, and your architect can help ensure you don’t miss anything.

Need vs. Want

When putting together your budget, make sure you include all of the necessities. Consider what is actually needed in the space before adding luxuries. This will help you stay within your budget.

Let Your Neighbors Know

Be courteous. Let your neighbors know that there will be traffic from construction vehicles, loud noise, and dust during your renovation. Construction vehicles may have to drive between houses and slightly onto your neighbor’s yard. Letting them know in advance will prepare them for any inconvenience they may experience.

Get Recommendations

Ask your architect, friends, and family members for recommendations for builders who are skilled at additions and renovations. Check online reviews, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau to ensure you are using a reputable contractor.

Think Utilities

Before you begin, meet with an HVAC contractor to make sure your current system can handle the load of your planned addition. If not, you may be looking at upgrades to your HVAC, which will need to be added to the budget.

This Is Not DIY

Additions are not DIY projects unless you happen to be a contractor. Home renovations are complicated, and additions are especially so. Your contractor will coordinate all of the necessary subcontractors to keep your job running smoothly and on schedule.


Ask your contractor if they offer financing deals. Many offer low-interest or low monthly payment financing plans to fit your needs.

Realistic Expectations

Be realistic about your budget, your needs vs. wants, and your overall expectations. You’ll be excited, as you should be, but the addition process takes time and will likely be disruptive as it is taking place. Ask your builder what to expect for each step of the project and keep that in mind as you move forward.

Quality Homes of Rochester offers remodeling services and additions for homes in Rochester, NY, and the surrounding areas. We offer financing plans to fit every budget. Contact us to get started today.