Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A Back It In and Hook It Up procedure

Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A

Back It Up and Plug It In procedure

 

Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A Back It Up and Plug It In Procedure. Inexpensive? Fast? Easy? In a word, NO! Adding a 500sf BACKYARD HOME to your property can be
ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) aka BACKYARD HOMEevery bit as complicated, time consuming and costly, relatively speaking, as building a 5000sf home. 

 

Smaller is not always cheaper in construction. Contractors, as in almost any business, have to deal with economies of scale.

 

How much time will it take a contractor to wallow through the permit process for a 500sf ADU? Probably just about as long as it takes them for a 5000sf home. Time is money and your contractor will charge you the same for this service regardless of the size of the home. 

 

What about site preparation? Sure they are dealing with a much smaller footprint, less material and labor. However, they are still tying their crews, sub contractors, equipment and materials up on your small project and they still have to go through all the same procedures i.e. soils, civil and structural engineers, possibly even a site survey. This all takes time and can cost the same amount of money that a 5000sf home would cost.

 

Then comes the site preparation which involves layout, grading, excavation, trenching, etc. This involves dump trucks, bobcats, excavators, misc tools, equipment and materials i.e. soil imports, trenching, forming pouring and related inspections; Followed by framing, utilities, drywall, exterior siding, roofing, and on and on; Then more inspections.

 

Now for the finish work and believe me the devil is in the details. For many contractors this is where the rubber meets the road no matter how small the job may be.

 

In some cases this is where the contractor can and often does lose money. The final inspections and that much coveted Certificate of Occupancy by the local jurisdiction is just the beginning of the end. The real challenge is yet to come. Satisfying the homeowner. Believe me this is the sticky wicket and it can be painful to both contractor and client.  

 

As you can see, though much smaller than a 5000sf home, your contractor still has to jump through all the same hoops on your 500sf ADU project. Sure it won't take as long, involve as many materials or as much labor but you will still end up paying between $300-$350 per square foot. And that doesn't include all the FrouFrou i.e. driveway, hard scape, landscape, deck, patio, awning, etc, etc. At the end of the day your 500sf ADU could very easily end up costing the property owner $250,000-$300,000. 

 

Well folks, sit back, close your eyes and take a deep breath and when you open your eyes we have the answer right here.

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John DL Arenden, Broker 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • May 12 2019 03:24PM

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Thank you for keeping us posted and up to date. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Posted by Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA (Keller Williams Realty) 5 months ago

Hello John - I'm a huge proponent of ADUs as you know. I should check to see if California's streamlined procedures make cities more amenable to pre-fab units--for a while many towns in the Silicon Valley and San Mateo County disallowed them. Hope that has gone away.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 5 months ago

Thanks Jeremy K. Frost !

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

Hi Lottie Kendall , it's actually against the law for any jurisdiction to disallow them and has been since '87. However, HOA's are private entities and not under auspicies of State government and if their CC&R's don't allow the that's withtn their right.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

Hi John DL Arendsen How are you?

I hope you don't scare them away with this post.

I think that if this process is going to rea;lly get a head of steam, we all need to tighten our belts, just like the cities are doing by reducing fees.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 5 months ago

It's straight forward and factual Bill Roberts . I can do one of two things. I can take time with every call and email I get trying to explain in detail everything I've written and 9 out of 10 people will abandon the notion 2 minutes into the conversation. Or I can let folks know from the get go what they're looking at and those numbers reduce drastically and I end up with qualified clients who have the means, wherewithal and desire to move forward. But I appreciate your concern.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

OK John DL Arendsen I respect your system of qualifying leads, it is just that I think that the pros in this market need to do everything we can to make it easier to get anADU in their backyard.

This could be a real solution to the problem of Baby Boomer retirement.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 5 months ago

Couldn't agree more Bill Roberts and believe me I spend hours a day educating folks about BACKYARD HOMES and am happy to continue to do so. One of the architects that designed the "Permit Ready ADU Program' (PRADU) is presenting a program this evening in Encinitas. Here's the information. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-the-encinitas-pradu-program-seminar-tickets-60423792189 

Hope you can make it. I think one of the main things that will be discussed is price.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

Hi John DL Arendsen I wish I could have been there.

Hopefully next time I will have prior notice.

Thanks a lot.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 5 months ago

Well here ya go Bill Roberts 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

I hope to "see" you there, John.

I am a member of SDCIA.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 5 months ago

I'll be there with bells on Bill Roberts 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

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