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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Additions

Are you considering a home addition project but don't know where to start? We get it! Whether you are adding a mother-in-law apartment, a home gym or just need more living space for your family, the number of question that come with each addition type can be overwhelming. As the Seattle area's most trusted home addition contractor, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate the process. From permits to budgeting, we've got you covered and are here to make your home addition project a success.

Q: What permits are required for a home addition?

A: The permits required for a home addition can vary. Check with the local building department in your community to ensure compliance with regulations. If you choose to work with Verum, we will do all the legwork when it comes to permitting, so you don't have to worry. 


Q: What are the zoning regulations for home additions?

A: Zoning regulations vary by neighborhood, county or city. Contact your local zoning office to understand the specific rules governing home additions in your area. 


Q: Will a home addition increase the resale value of my property?

A: Generally, a well-planned and executed home addition will enhance property value, but the amount can vary depending on factors such as the type and size of the addition.


Q: How will a home addition impact my property taxes?

A: Home additions that require permits will typically increase property taxes. Your property taxes are based on the value of your home so when your home value increases, your property taxes will increase as well. Consult with local tax consultants to understand potential changes.


Q: What should I budget for a home addition? 

A: Overall costs will depend on the type and size of addition. To get an exact estimate, set up a consult with your contractor to discuss budget. It's important to be realistic about costs in the beginning to avoid expensive surprises down the road.


Q: How will a home addition blend with the existing structure?

A: When you work with a competent building contractor, they will ensure the new structure blends seamlessly into your existing home. At Verum, we create 3D renderings to digitally bring our client's ideas to life before we start the building process. This gives them a realistic idea of what the finished project will look like and ensures the best outcome.


Q: Should I hire an architect/designer for my home addition?

A: Depending on the complexity of the project, an architect or a design professional will be needed to properly engineer any structural changes needed. At Verum, we specializes in the Design-Build Construction process where all aspects of design and construction are done by us. And since we are accountable for both design and construction, there's an added emphasis on maintaining high standards throughout the project's lifecycle. The result is a final product that aligns precisely with the owner's vision and expectations.


Q: How do I choose the right contractor?

A: Start by researching local contractors, be sure to read their reviews and check out their past projects


Q: Can I live in my home during a home addition project? 

A: Depending on the project's scope, proper planning will typically allow you to continue living in your home during construction. Be sure to discuss this with your contractor to ensure safety and convenience for everyone.



At Verum we understand each and every home addition project is unique. We also understand the importance of accomplishing your expansion goals while maintaining the structural integrity and stability of your existing home. No matter what type of addition you need, we guarantee a smooth and streamlined home addition process from start to finish. Let's talk today! 425-330-0397