Value of Residential Addition

How a Residential Addition Can Add Immediate Value to Your Home

A residential addition can be a great way to make space for a growing family. You can add an in-law cottage for guests (or, well, in-laws). You can seamlessly extend a room or portion of your home so it is customized to your preferences. An addition may also add value to your home by increasing your square footage and layout. Not to mention, it will add intangible value and enjoyment that you, as a homeowner, will feel in your new space.

Before undertaking an addition, it’s important to take a thorough inventory of your needs and goals. Namely, you should evaluate the broader property landscape. Here’s where to start.

Consider your neighborhood before a Residential Addition

What are typical homes like in your neighborhood, and how does your existing property stack up? If you’re in a neighborhood of 4 bedroom/3 bathroom properties, adding a master suite to your 3/2 can add a lot of value.

That being said, think about the permitting process and what’s acceptable in your city. One project could be completely viable in Palmetto Bay and be a smart build. But the exact same addition in Coral Gables could cost multiple times as much because of local codes.

Understand your goals and motivations

As we mentioned, adding value should not solely be considered in terms of dollars and cents. How you feel in your home and the goals you’re hoping to achieve with an addition can be worth a lot. Consider your “why” and evaluate how a new room or addition will help you feel fully at ease in your home. If you love your neighborhood and that master suite of your dreams would change everything, the value it provides you should be weighed in the decision-making process.

Weigh your alternatives

For some, an addition is not worth the effort and cost and they would rather move homes. For others, a residential addition can be much more cost-effective and less stressful than moving. The choice to add on to your home can be emotionally and financially taxing. We always recommend taking time at the outset to look at various options talk to experts – namely Realtors, Architects and Contractors. Weigh the pros and cons of your alternatives before jumping in with an addition.

Residential additions can add value to your home both personally and financially. As you consider the options for your Miami home and have questions about the best approach for you, give us a call at 305-790-1722 to discuss. At Bigfoot Construction, it is our mission to deliver a superior residential addition to your home quickly, efficiently, and within your budget.

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5 Reasons to Install Impact Windows

As a homeowner in South Florida, you’re no stranger to the kind of damage hurricane-strength winds can cause to homes. As you consider the best ways to protect your home, installing impact windows should rise to the top. In addition to protection from storm damage, there are other reasons you should consider making the investment in upgraded windows as well. Here are five of them:

Host the Best Hurricane Parties

With impact windows, you don’t have to rely on storm shutters to keep your home safe from hurricane wind and tropical storm debris. These ultra-durable windows are designed to withstand the equivalent of a 9-pound 2×4 lumber missile striking end on at 140 mph – and they’re designed to look aesthetically pleasing as well. That means that you are able to have natural light in your home throughout the storm and not be stuck sitting in the dark.

Reduce Your Energy Costs

Impact windows rely on double-pane glass to filter out harmful UV rays and minimize the amount of heat that enters your home. Thicker insulation also helps prevent your cool indoor air from escaping. With impact windows, homeowners are able to enjoy more natural sunlight in their home without having to worry about the significant energy costs that can come with the sun’s heat – so you’re a/c unit will thank you throughout the summer for not being overworked.

Savings on Homeowners Insurance

When assessing risk, homeowner’s insurance companies evaluate windows closely not only for storm protection measures but also for evaluating the risk of burglary. Many companies offer Wind Mitigation Credits or other discounts for people who have impact windows installed on their properties – and can possible save thousands of dollars per year on your home insurance.

Reduced Noise Pollution

Dampen noise from the outside with insulated and noise-absorbing impact windows, and no longer be distracted by barking dogs, loud traffic, or noisy neighbors. And if you have dogs that hate fireworks, they’ll thank you every December 31st and July 4th.

Add Value to Your Home With Impact Windows

Whether you plan to live in your home for a long time or are looking to sell in the near future, installing impact windows can be a good investment when looking to increase the resale value of your home. In fact, it’s one of the first things many Realtors recommend to improve how quickly your home would sell.

Better protect your home from damaging winds and start saving money on energy costs today by contacting us today at 305-790-1722 to install impact windows in your Miami home. With us it will be done quickly and done right, so you can feel confident you’re making the smart and economical choice when installing impact windows.