If you decide to add a new space, ask yourself the following questions:
* Can I finance the home improvement with my own cash or will I need a loan?
* How much equity is in the property? A fair amount will make it that much easier to get a loan for home improvements.
* Is it feasible to expand the current space for an addition?
* What is permissible under local zoning and building laws? Despite your deep yearning for a new sunroom or garage, you will need to know if your town or city will allow such improvements.
* Should I make the improvement myself or hire a contractor?
Many homeowners consider going to job alone to save money. Consider how much time you have, your level of expertise or willingness to handle the job, amount of help from friends or relatives, and how much you want, or need, to save by doing the job yourself. You could save up to 20 percent of the project cost through your own hard work.
Be aware, however, that you may need to call in the pros. Going it alone can sometimes lead to spending more time and money. if problems arise.
Most home improvement experts suggest that homeowners who do not have a lot of experience should stick to painting, minor landscaping, building interior shelving, and other minor improvements.