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Homeowner's checklist before starting on an ADU construction project

Starting an accessory dwelling unit ADU project can be complex and time-consuming, and it's essential to be well-prepared before embarking on this journey. Our checklist is a helpful tool to ensure you have considered all factors and taken the necessary steps before beginning construction.

Homeowner's checklist before starting on an ADU construction project

TIP: Use our ADU construction cost calculator to estimate your ADU's price in California.

1. Research and planning: Research the local real estate market, zoning laws, building codes, and other applicable regulations to your ADU project.

2. Financing: Decide how you will finance the project, considering options like loans, grants, or other financing choices that may be available.

3. Permits and approvals: Obtain all necessary permits (like building, plumbing, and electrical) and approvals from the local planning, zoning, building and safety, and other relevant departments.

4. Architect and contractor: Select an architect, an engineer, and a contractor who will be involved in your ADU project.

5. Budget and schedule: Develop a timeline and a budget, including estimates for materials, labor, and any other costs that may be involved.

6. Insurance: Acquire any required insurance coverage for your dwelling unit, such as homeowner's, builder's, and liability insurance.

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