A huge part of building your ADU is finding the right contractor to do so. They will be the ones who make your dream plans come to life, but what is the ADU cost for hiring a contractor?
Finding The Right Contractor
The cost of a contractor will vary from contractor to contractor. The best option for you will most likely not be the cheapest one. Here are a few things you should consider when hiring a contractor.
Experience In Building ADUs
A good ADU professional will have experience in building ADUs. Since ADU’s are essentially like tiny homes, you are going to need someone with the proper knowledge to get the job done right. Plus, having someone who has experience with ADUs themselves, not just houses, can allow them to show you some tips and tricks to make the most out of the space in your ADU.
Local To The Area
The best contractor for the job will be one that is local to your area. They will have a good understanding of your city codes and will most likely have good relations with local suppliers. As a result, you can rest easy knowing your ADU is built to code and possibly save money on your raw materials due to the contractor’s relationship with suppliers.
Most people try to go for the cheapest contractor that gives them a quote. Don’t do this without looking into them first. This is not to say you should go with the most expensive option, but you should do your research first.
Often the cheapest option will end up costing you more in the long run. This is because people who are willing to drop their prices usually either:
- Have hidden fees they will hit you with later
- Are inexperienced and will likely make costly mistakes
- Do not do a quality job
A good contractor will be reasonably priced for the quality of work they can provide.
ADU Cost of Contractor
A contractor combined with the materials you will use should cost you around $125,000 for new construction. If you are doing a garage conversion, the combined cost should be around $64,000. Most contractors will give you estimates with these combined costs.