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How to pick a contractor for your ADU?

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

When you decide that you want to convert your garage into a living space, you are setting out on a quite stressful and unpredictable journey, which involves dealing with the authorities to get the permits, finding architects and planners who will create the project for you, completing all the construction work and finally, renting the ADU out.

There are some serious challenges and potential tripping points on every step of this journey. It is extremely desirable not to be alone on this quest and to have someone who has already been through the entire process as a guide. In an ideal world, however, it would be perfect to find someone who could do all of this for you. If you are from Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, NEO Builders is your perfect solution.

NEO Builders will complete the entire process for you, from securing all the necessary permits to renting the ADU on your behalf.

When it comes to garage conversion it is of utmost importance hire a contractor who works in your area. One reason for this is that they will have much lower transportation costs if the house where you want to build an ADU is not very far from their offices. Much more importantly, you want someone who is familiar with the rules and regulations that apply to the area where you live specifically. When it comes to ADUs, the legal requirements vary from state to state and city to city, and a single company can’t be familiar with all of them.

Also, a contractor who has been through the entire process in your area has a lot of experience interacting with authorities in question, which makes the entire procedure much smoother.

Another useful piece of advice when it comes to selecting the contractor for your ADU is that it is always best to choose someone who specializes in ADUs, and if you want to build and ADU in your garage, a company that specializes in garage conversion is the ideal solution.

Garage conversion is very specific kind of construction project with a lot of challenges, and while it is true that a skillful and imaginative individual can turn it into a DIY project, there are many tricks of the trade that one acquires through experience. These tricks are related to the best ways of utilizing space, insulation and various other aspects of garage conversion that a non-specialist simply cannot know. Having completed a large number of garage conversions, NEO Builders have numerous tricks in their sleeve and they will work out the optimal solution for your ADU.

Finally, an ideal contractor is someone who will take care of the entire project from start to finish. Recall that ADU construction is a quite complicated and unpredictable journey with a lot of potential difficulties. Only those who have gone through the entire process multiple times can ensure success. If you decide to hire one contractor to do the construction work and another agency to deal with permissions, there is no guarantee that both of them will do their work perfectly.

What is more, when your project depends on multiple parties, the problem of coordination is sure to arise. If one company does your construction work and another is in charge of permissions, there is a real possibility that the latter will not do their part on time, in which case, construction work will have to be put off.

Fortunately, you won’t have to deal with these issues if you decide to entrust the entire project to NEO Builders.



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