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The steps involved in a home conversion

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There are many reasons why you might be thinking about performing a home conversion. For example, you might be living in a mobile home and you want to convert it into an actual property, or you might be living in a multi-family home that you wish to convert into a single family home with plenty of space.

No matter what your reason for your home conversion is, however, the same basic steps will be involved. So, before you dive in, keep reading to learn about those steps so you'll know what to expect.

Hire the right structural engineer and builder

Before you can even pursue a home conversion, you'll need to find out if it's possible for your property, and what your options are. The best way to do that is by hiring the right experts. You can find a local structural engineer by searching through Plentific structural engineers and then getting advice and quotes from a few of them until you find the right one for your needs and expectations.

After you've found a structural engineer, you can also hire the right builder who will be able to actually make your vision come to life. On top of that, you can hire an interior designer who can help you develop a layout that will work not only for you, but also for potential tenants or buyers.

Check your zoning laws and permit requirements

Local laws may prohibit you from actually converting your home in the first place, whether you want to take a multi-family and make it single family or vice versa. So definitely look into your local zoning requirements to find out what's possible and what isn't.

Also, look into what permits are required to get the job done before you dive in. Doing so will prevent problems that would stop your conversion in the middle of your project after you've already invested a lot of time and money into it.

Get the loan that you need

Finally, you need to consider your finances when you're opting to do a home conversion. How much this project will cost will depend upon what permits you need to purchase, what experts you need to hire, how long the project will take and how extensive and complicated it is, and what you ultimately want to do with your house.

Of course, a larger conversion project will cost more money, and you may even have to take out a loan in order to afford the project altogether. So, look into your financing options if that's the case, and make sure that you can get a budget together to pay all of your builders, engineers, designers, and other professionals.

A home conversion can be tricky and complicated, but it will be worth it to see your ideas come to life and to add a lot more value to your property.

Focus on hiring the right experts within your budget to get it done right and on time.

Photo credit: Michal Jarmoluk

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