Creating Your Dream Home in Miami: A Step-by-Step Guide

One of my favorite things to do is decorate and redecorate and then decorate some more! Since the pandemic nesting and creating a cozy home has been at the top of my list for priorities. As I consider a home purchase, a fixer upper comes to the top of my list… but to be honest there are many things I have to consider before making an investment.

One great way amplify a homes value is by adding square footage to your home, which can do wonders for its utility and resale. But it’s not without its stresses and inconveniences. As I am looking for homes, I take into consideration the amount of work and time it will take, more importantly the cost. Creating a detailed checklist is a must for a successful home addition project. I am sharing my list below in hopes that it will help you on your home hunt too! 

Creating Your Dream Home in Miami: A Step-by-Step Guide

Define Your Objectives:

Before beginning work on an addition to your home, you need to figure out what you want to achieve with the undertaking. Do you wish you had more space in the kitchen, the living room, or both? In order to guarantee that the new room meets your requirements, it is a good idea to write down a list of the amenities you would like to see included in the expansion.

Determine Your Budget:

The size of the addition to your home will be determined by the amount of money you have available for home improvements. Create a thorough budget that accounts for everything that might pop up along the way, from permits and materials to labor and surprises.

Hire a Contractor:

Do some research and find a reputable one who has completed successful home additions in the past and has received positive reviews. It’s important to check references and make sure they have the proper licensing and insurance before hiring them.

Get the right permits:

In Miami, you’ll need permits for any construction project, including adding on to your house. In most cases, your contractor will be familiar with the procedure and able to assist you in securing the required licenses from the local authorities.

Architect the Addition:

Create a plan that satisfies your requirements, your budget, and the rules of your city by working with your contractor and an architect. Size, orientation, construction, and aesthetics are all factors to think about when planning an addition.

Preparing the Ground:

Your builder will need to remove any debris, like trees, rocks, and other structures, from the site of the extension. It’s possible they’ll have to grade the land and set down a foundation, too.

Follow the Work:

You should keep a close eye on the construction work as it is being done to make sure it is going according to plan and within your budget. You should tell your contractor right away if anything changes or if you have any concerns.

Final touches:

Once construction is done, you’ll need to complete the extension’s interior and exterior. Things like decorating, landscaping, and fixture installation fall under this category.

Inspect the Work:

After the project is completed, you should inspect it to ensure that it meets your standards and city regulations. The contractor you hire ought to also supply you with a guarantee and maintenance schedule for the addition.

If you plan ahead and remove unwanted items, you can keep things tidy and safe for everyone involved in the project. You can trust in the expertise of junk removal services to properly dispose of any potentially dangerous materials or large items.

Planning, budgeting, and research are essential for preparing a checklist for a house extension project in Miami. The key to a successful and stress-free project is hiring a licensed and experienced contractor. Your house extension in Miami can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing if you plan it carefully.

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Evelyn Torres
Evelyn Torres

As one of Miami’s top bloggers, Evelyn Torres has become one of the leading voices in fitness, fashion, and Miami. Brickellista started as a Twitter alias in 2009 and has expanded to become a lifestyle blog capturing a Miami girl’s perspective. Evelyn is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and on the pulse of the Miami social scene.

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