Additional dwelling units are becoming more and more popular in Los Angeles. As they grow in popularity, many experts have arisen, but also many fakers too who claim to know what they are doing but don’t. That is why we put together this quick guide to help you find the best ADU services in LA.
Work With ADU Professionals
Building an ADU is like building a smaller scale home. You wouldn’t want a contractor who has only ever built a shed or put a porch on to build your entire home. The same goes for ADUs. You need a professional who has experience working with small-scaled homes and knows the ins and outs of ADU development.
A contractor who has experience with building houses is an okay option, but you should really consider working with one who knows everything about ADUs. This is because there are different rules and regulations surrounding ADU development and the art of preserving space in such a small unit. ADU professionals will be able to help you navigate ADU building permits and create a unit that uses space effectively. Not to mention, help you avoid costly ADU mistakes like not putting in enough windows or not creating a budget beforehand.
Don’t Hire The Cheapest Professional
If their prices seem too good to be true, then they probably are. Never trust someone who claims to be a professional but has prices much lower than everyone else. They are often lacking experience and could make costly mistakes down the line that make your project go over budget and take longer to complete. They also might be hiding hidden fees they will hit you with later on down the line that makes them more expensive than everyone else.
We always recommend working with a well-vetted professional who has fair prices. Make sure they understand the full scope of work and ask about additional fees that they might impose later on. They should also have a few years of experience building ADUs, not just general contracting. The more experience they have, the more likely they have already run into all the bumps in the road possible and learned from their past mistakes to make your ADU development more smooth.