Developing an ADU is not a walk in the park. Especially if you are a first-time builder and have not done a lot of research on ADUs before deciding to build one, it can become quite time-consuming. To make the process easier for you, we have a couple of ADU development tips for you to consider.
Hiring experienced contractor
In addition to hiring a qualified company, look for the one that is experienced in building. A construction company that is familiar with a wide range of projects can ensure successful completion. An experienced construction company will be able to avoid mistakes and improve efficiency.
Its staff should be highly skilled and have experience in the local construction industry. It will make it much easier to manage a project and ensure that you are getting the best results.
Make A Budget
The biggest ADU mistake you can make is not completing a budget before starting development. A budget will help you understand how much money the project is really going to cost you and help identify areas where you can save money. It is also a great way to keep yourself from overspending because you know how much each aspect of development should cost.
Plan For Storage
Not planning for enough storage will severely upset whoever lives within your ADU. As humans, we accumulate belongings and we need somewhere to put them all. So, be sure to include closets, drawers, cabinets, and shelves to make the most out of vertical and horizontal space. The more you maximize storage without compromising the ability to move around the unit, the happier the tenants will be.
Plan For Washer And Dryer
Nobody wants to have to pile their dirty clothes into their car and take them to a laundromat. Even if you think doing so is not that bad, trust us when we tell you that it is 100% worth it to simply plan for a laundry unit within the home to keep your tenants (or you) happy.
To save space, you can buy stackable washer and dryer units, or you can get a two-in-one machine that is both a washer and a dryer.
Plan For Contingency
Even the best plans don’t always work out the way you want them to. Always be sure to plan for contingency so that you are not thrown off when you hit the first bump in the road. It is always a good idea to set some money aside for when this happens and to allocate some extra time as well. Better to plan for development to last longer than it actually does rather than to have your ADU not built within the time frame you need.