If you are in the market for – or in the business of – home additions in Toronto, then you are in the place to be! Toronto is one of the hottest housing markets in Canada or anywhere in the world, as evidenced by the frequent appearances of Toronto properties on home- and garden-themed television networks. A home addition has the potential to make your home stand out from the crowd in such a saturated market!
Even if you are not considering selling your home at the time, a home addition can still prove to be a wise move as you think of how to optimize your property. Consider for a moment several benefits of home additions, as well as getting a licensed and proven contractor to help you with the project.
Why Home Additions in Toronto Would Be the Right Choice for You
There are multiple reasons why a home addition would be ideal for you as you think of how to get the most out of the investment you have already made in your home in Toronto.
- More space—It may seem somewhat obvious, but no one can really argue against the fact that a home addition adds to your space. Though some additions – like an in-law suite, a gazebo, or a deck – take away from the land on your property, they do add overall value and “curb appeal” to your home. And, in a very practical sense, they add to your underroof square footage, which is a plus whether you intend to stay or plan to sell.
- More incentive to stay—Often times the decision to sell your property and find another one may boil down to your ability (or willingness) to add on to it. Even with plenty of support and resources, there are difficulties inherent in moving from one home to another. How can you avoid these difficulties? One way is simply by doing a home addition project. Adding another floor, for example, may cost more than moving but will mean less upheaval for you and yours in the long run.
- Greater leverage to sell—A home addition, especially if it translates into a clear and obvious improvement of the property, can translate into thousands of dollars in added value to your home. Even if you aren’t immediately considering moving out of your home, a home addition can provide the best of both worlds – not only added room for now but an additional selling point if you decide to relocate later.
- You can create your home in your own image—Whether your home additions in Toronto improve your property vertically or horizontally, internally or externally, the bottom line is that they will be exactly what you want. You may have purchased your home “as-is,” but your home addition can be customized according to your practical needs; if the change is purely cosmetic, that’s within your hands, too!
Are Home Additions in Toronto DIY Projects?
Reality television may lead many a “weekend warrior” to conclude that taking on a home addition project (and completing the project and doing it well) is within their reach. Though we do not doubt the tenacity and perseverance of the do-it-yourself crowd in Toronto or elsewhere, we believe very earnestly that you should hire a licensed general contractor for any home addition you plan to do.
Our advisement on hiring a general contractor is not (solely) motivated by the fact that we ourselves are contractors; rather, it’s based on wanting to see you successful in realizing exactly what you envision in a home addition and knowing that that is only truly possible if you use a professional building contractor.
Your ideal contractor will be efficient, culling the experience of many years of projects to get your project done on time, within budget, and according to your specifications – without disrupting your entire life and those of your neighbours.
Your ideal contractor would (and should) also be licensed, insured, and fully bonded. No matter how cliché the saying may be, it is overwhelmingly true that “you get what you pay for.” Would you really want to entrust your hard-earned investment to a contractor who cannot guarantee their work if something goes awry? And what if one of the workers gets hurt on your property? Your contractor should carry general liability insurance as well as worker’s compensation insurance, so that everything and everyone is fully covered.
The fact is, however romantic it may sound, the notion of DIY home additions in Toronto will not likely achieve your desired outcome. You want the perfect vision of your home addition articulated and brought to reality, and we at Karen Homes are experienced and equipped to bring that dream to life.
Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation, and let’s see how we can partner with you to make your happy home in Toronto even happier!