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How Long It Takes to Build an ADU in LA County

How Long Does It Take to Build an ADU in LA County?

It generally takes about three to six months months to build an ADU in LA County, California. There are various time factors that determine how long it takes to build an ADU.

When we say three to six months, we are referring to the amount of time it takes after hiring an ADU contractor in Los Angeles. But you also have to remember that finding and hiring the right contractor/construction company will take some time as well. If you add up the amount of time it may take homeowners to find and hire a contractor/construction company, then that additional time will be based on each homeowner.

Let’s briefly go over what some of the main factors are that affect how long it takes to build and ADU in LA County then we will discuss them each in further detail.

Time Factors of Building an ADU in LA County Include:

  • Finding and hiring a general contractor/construction company.
  • General contractor must prepare blueprints and all necessary paperwork in order to submit to the city.
  • City must approve blueprints and all necessary paperwork.
  • Contractor must complete all necessary construction after city approval.

Time Factors of Building an ADU in LA County Discussed in Further Detail

1. Finding and Hiring a General Contractor (Time it Takes: Generally 1 Week to 2 Months or More)

This process usually takes one week to two months or more based on how fast the homeowner acts and how fast the general contractor is able to provide a free estimate that the homeowner accepts.

We are including this as a factor because it does actually require some time and effort from the homeowner. This is due to the fact that it takes time to call companies/contractors, set appointments with companies/contractors, and hire the right company/contractor which would generally be after they prepare an estimate.

The amount of time it takes to find and hire a general contractor depends on the homeowner, currently existing conditions that surround them such as contractor availability, and the amount of time it takes for a contractor to prepare an estimate.

2. Contractor Must Draw Blueprints, Prepare Paperwork and Submit to City (Time it Takes: Generally 1 to 4 Weeks)

This process can take anywhere from one to four weeks. The factors that determine how long this process takes for the general contractor to complete is based on the scale of the project, capability of the contractor, and availability of the contractor.

If the project is small, the contractor is available and capable, then this process should be on the faster side. If the project is larger and more complex, it can take a bit longer to prepare the blue prints based on the amount of work that needs to be done by a contractor. Availability and capability of contractors are based on the contractors themselves so it is best to try and determine these two factors with the best of your ability by asking questions, interviewing, and examining before hiring anyone.

3. City Must Approve Blueprints and Paperwork (Time it Takes: Up to 2 Months)

Due to a recently passed law California Assembly Bill 68, cities now have a maximum of two months (60 days) to approve or deny blueprints and paperwork for ADU permits.

This process used to take up to four months (120 days) because that is the amount of time that the law used allow cities to have prior to assembly bill 68 being passed. As a result of required approval from the city in order to move forward with the project, this process can possibly be extended if plans are not approved by the city the first time they are submitted.

4. Contactor Must Complete All Necessary Construction Work (Time it Takes: Generally 1 to 2 Months)

This process of completing all necessary construction work generally takes one to two months. The factors that determine how long this process takes are once again based on the scale of the project, contractor capability, and contractor availability.

We have to take all the work that needs to be done into consideration. Therefore, in simple terms, the amount of time it takes to complete the construction work will be directly proportional to the amount of work that needs to be done. The more work that needs to be done, the longer it will take.

One varying factor of the scale of a project would be based on if it is a garage conversion in Los Angeles or a new ADU addition. Garage conversions are generally quicker than building a completely new ADU addition. This is due to the fact that the existing structure and foundation of a garage reduce the amount of work that needs to be done in comparison to building a new structure and foundation.

How to Calculate the Total Time It Will Take to Build an ADU in LA County

When adding up all the time factors above, it generally takes around three to six months to build an ADU after hiring a contractor/construction company.

In order to have a better idea of how long an individual homeowners project might take, the amount of time a homeowner takes to hire a contractor should be added to the average time of three to six months that’s needed after hiring the contractor. If you take two months to hire someone, you should add that two months to the three to six months needed after hiring the contractor in order to have a better idea of how long your project would take. In this case of taking two months to hire, you can add the two months time, to the average time of three to six months required after hiring someone, and that would turn your approximate ADU completion time to five to seven months.

Let’s calculate a few different examples of how long it will take to build and ADU based on how long it takes a homeowner to hire someone.

Example 1: If it takes a homeowner one month to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the one month it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months, making the total average four to seven months.

Mathematics of example 1:

(1 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 4 to 7 months average time to build an ADU in this case.

Example 2: If it takes a homeowner three months to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the three months it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months, making the total average six to nine months.

Mathematics of example 2:

(3 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 6 to 9 months average time to build ADU in this case.

Example 3: If it takes a homeowner five months to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the five months it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months additional time required, making the total average eight to eleven months.

Mathematics of example 3:

(5 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 8 to 11 months average time to build ADU in this case.

If you have any additional questions about how long it will take you to build an ADU in LA County, please feel free to get in touch with All American Builders anytime. You can give us a call at (844) 226-3314 or use the online form below.

 

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Coronavirus Safety Measures Taken by Our Contractors

Coronavirus Safety Measures Taken by Contractors at All American Builders

All American Builders has decided to take various safety measures in order to help prevent the Coronavirus from potentially spreading. Here are some of the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors.

1. Cleaning Hands As Much As Possible

One Coronavirus safety measure taken by our contractors includes keeping our hands as clean as possible throughout the entire day in order to prevent the Coronavirus from potentially spreading through touch.

This includes washing our hands with soap and/or using hand sanitizer before, after, and in between all meetings, appointments, and projects. Keeping our hands as clean as possible is a top priority of our contractors.

2. Not Shaking Hands During Greetings

Another Coronavirus safety measure taken by us is that we have decided to temporarily stop shaking hands during greetings.

Instead, we will be doing our greetings with gestures that allow distance in between us, such as a wave with a nod. This is due to the fact that, germs can be passed around by hand shakes, so our goal is to prevent that from happening as much as possible within ourselves and those around us.

3. Keeping Ourselves at a Distance From One Another

At All American Builders we understand that the Coronavirus can be transferred through the air from an infected persons breath. As a result, we try to keep our distance from each other and our clients as much as possible in order to prevent the virus from spreading from anyone who may be potentially infected. (Even though the odds of being infected by the Coronovirus in Los Angeles is relatively low.)

From what medical experts have reported, the Coronavirus can be transferred through the air by up to six feet away from the breath of anyone who is infected. Although remaining six feet apart from one another is preferred by us, it may not necessarily be possible at all times, so at the very least we actively attempt to remain as far away from each other without disrupting verbal communication.

Additional Optional Coronavirus Prevention Methods Taken by Our Contractors at the Request of Customers

There are additional optional Coronavirus prevention methods that our contractors are willing to take at the request of our customers and/or clients.

1. Wearing a Surgical Mask

At the request of our customers and/or clients, our general contractors can and will wear a surgical mask or respirator during an appointment or project we’re working on.

We are confident that our contractors are not and have not been infected with the Coronavirus, but we are willing to wear masks in order to provide safety and security for our clients and their family members. If you would like our contractors to wear a surgical mask during an appointment with you, please let us know at the time of setting the appointment.

2. Wearing Disposable Gloves

At the request of our customers and/or clients, our general contractors can put on a brand new pair of disposable gloves before entering the property the requester.

We would like to reconfirm that our contractors will be cleaning their hands throughout the day as much as possible, but we are still willing to wear a pair of new gloves while on your property in order to provide you with a safe and secure peace of mind. Please remember to let us know at the time of setting an appointment with us if you would like our contractor to wear gloves during our appointment.

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Has the Coronavirus Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Has the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Although citizens of the United States have been suggested to stay at home and not attend public gatherings, the Coronavirus has not necessarily made it too dangerous to start a new construction project at your home.

The currently reported amount of patients that have been diagnosed in the United States remains relatively low thanks to drastic measures taken by our government early on. In addition, most construction workers spend a majority of their time in isolation while working on a particular project, making it a job that does not require workers to come into contact with a high volume of people. Self isolation is and has been already suggested for those who are or may be infected with the Coronavirus, in order to prevent further spread.

If you are concerned about being infected by a construction worker, you may require that all construction workers who come on your property must wear respirators or surgical masks in order to prevent them from releasing germs through their breath. If you decide to take this approach, please make sure to include the agreement terms in your contract with them in order to prevent any future complications.

Check out the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors at All American Builders for more information about some of the things that our company is doing in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Who Is the Coronavirus Particularly Dangerous For?

As a result of the Coronavirus, major panic has occurred throughout the United States and the world. But how dangerous is this virus for the average person?

Contrary to public opinion, the Coronavirus may not be as dangerous as you think for the average young and healthy person. Based on reports of COVID-19 patients, the effects of the virus are not much different from the flu. Just like the flu, the main people who are susceptible to falling into critical condition due to the virus include senior citizens and people with currently existing health problems.

Therefore, for a healthy person, the Coronavirus may not seem like much more than the average flu, causing a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, etc. For more critical cases, pneumonia can occur in patients. As a result of these conditions, older people and people with currently existing health problems are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Those who have symptoms are probably already self isolating, so that itself reduces the chances of you receiving it. If you feel that a construction worker is showing symptoms of the flu, it may be best to post pone the project to a later time in order to prevent the potential spreading of gems.

Based on information discussed above, the Coronavirus should not necessarily stop you from approaching a new construction project unless you, a family member, or someone that lives in your home falls under the category of people who are highly susceptible to the virus, such as older people and those with currently existing health problems. As a matter of fact, if you and your family are healthy individuals, it may be a great time to take advantage of the opportunity of being home while construction occurs on your property.

Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Are home improvements are tax deductible? Generally speaking, most home improvements are not tax deductible. Although, there may exceptions for certain types of improvements.

If you plan on doing something like home renovation, garage conversion, or any upgrades for style, then you likely wont be eligible for tax deductions. In this article, we will go over some basic information about two types of home improvements that could qualify to be tax deductible.

What Home Improvements Are Tax Deductible?

There are two main types of home improvements that may be tax deductible, which include:

We will go into further details about each of these.

1. Energy Efficient Home Improvements That May Be Tax Deductible

There are a variety of energy efficient home improvements that could be tax deductible. Examples of energy efficient home improvements that may qualify for tax credits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Wind Turbines

The energy efficient improvements listed above qualify for federal tax credits if installed on the primary home or secondary home of a homeowner.

How Much Tax Deduction Can You Get From Energy Efficient Home Improvements?

At the time of writing this article, currently known availability of presently existing tax deductions include federal tax credits of the following amounts, during the following dates, in regards to the energy efficient home improvements listed above:

  • 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
  • 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022

Tax credits listed above are involved with installation costs.

Information listed above should not be used to make any financial decisions without consulting with a professional. Laws are constantly changing and being updated, so you should have a local professional look into it and confirm any currently existing tax deductions that may be available in your city, state, and federally.

2. Medical Related Home Improvements That May Be Tax Deductible

Various types of medical related home improvements may be tax deductible.

Examples of some home improvements done for medical purposes that may be eligible for tax deductions include the following:

  • Building wheelchair entrances for disabled persons.
  • Building wheelchair exit ramps for disabled persons.
  • Widening hallways for wheelchair.
  • Widening doorways for wheelchair.
  • Remodeling kitchen cabinets to make them lower for disabled persons on wheelchair.
  • Adding lifts for disabled persons to get from one floor to another with a wheelchair.
  • Installation of support bars in a bathroom.
  • Installing or upgrading fire protection systems such as fire alarms and smoke detectors.

Although it is possible that the medical related home improvements on list above might be tax deductible, you should always consult with professionals in your area to make certain of currently available tax deductions before making any financial decisions.

Laws involved with tax deduction can always change and get updated. Information on this article should not be used for making any financial decisions. Please seek updated information from a professional near you about current tax deduction eligibility before making any financial decisions.

Feel free to get in touch anytime.

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The Process of Building an ADU in California

What Is the Process of Building an ADU in California?

Are you wondering what the process of building an ADU in California is? The process of building an ADU in California can slightly vary based on the unique specifications of each project, but in most cases the process is very similar.

Most accessory dwelling units are usually built from garage conversions in Los Angeles, although, in some cases they are new building additions as well.

There are various steps that are generally taken when building a legally permitted ADU in California.

Steps of Building an ADU in California

Step 1: Think About and Come up With a Basic Idea of Your Desired ADUs Size, Layout, Style, and Materials

The goal of the first step is for you to just get somewhat of an idea of how you want your ADU to be.

In the beginning, just come up with a generalized idea about certain specifications of your desired ADU, such as size, layout, style, materials, and anything else you can think of. This can be adjusted and improved upon during the following steps.

Step 2: Set up an Appointment With a Professional Near You to Start Legitimizing the Process

A general contractor or home remodeling company that specializes in ADUs can help you start legitimizing the entire process from start to finish.

They will help you with legal requirements, planning, financing, construction, and more.

Step 3: Discuss and Plan Project Details With the Professional, Including Size, Layout, Design, and Materials

During your appointment with a professional, discuss all the ideas you thought of during step one.

The professional you choose to work with should be able to take the ideas you share with them about your desired ADU, and provide you with proper suggestions and information about making the best choices for your specific situation.

After going over all the details with the professional, they should be able to provide you with an estimate of how much the project would cost you.

Step 4: Create Blueprints and Submit to City or County

After coming up with the details of your project with a professional and going over costs, the professional should be able to create blueprints for the project if you decide you want to hire them for the job.

Once blueprints are created, they will need to be submitted to your local government agency and they will need to be approved before beginning the process of construction.

Step 5: Begin Construction Process After Obtaining Permit Approval from City or County

After obtaining approval for a permit, the construction process can begin.

Stay updated with everything that goes on throughout the entire construction process in order to make sure things are going according to plan. Construction workers may be more careful throughout the entire process if they see that the owner is interested in everything that goes on during that time.

Get Professional Assistance With the Process of Building an ADU in California Now!

Are you located in or around Los Angeles County? If so, you can set up a free appointment with us at your location to get an estimate for your desired ADU project!

Feel free to get in touch anytime by using the form below or you can give us a call at (844) 226-3314 as well!