There may come a time when adding a room or expanding an existing room becomes a necessity. Many contractors will assess your property and give you a free estimate. However, there is much planning and research that needs to be done before you call a contractor. Here are some things you should consider when planning for a new room or expansion.
Determine if a room addition or expansion is feasible: Before you do anything, go around your property and determine if your property has room for an expansion. For example, check to see if there is enough room for an outward expansion. If you’re expanding a room on an upper floor, see if there is enough structural support available.
Check with your bank: Depending on where you live, most room expansions can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Most homeowners may be able to get a home equity loan to cover the costs. Having extra cash in the bank to cover unexpected expenses is also a good idea. In most cases an established contractor will have bank financing available.
Check your zoning laws: Most areas have laws regulating the height of buildings and amount of setback between properties. It may be possible that your town’s zoning laws may prohibit the project you’re planning.
Dealing with inconvenience: Room additions can cause a lot of inconvenience and even hardship. While work is being done, that particular room will be of limited use or unavailable. You will also have to deal with the disruption caused by people coming and going from your home to do the work.
Getting your contractor estimate: Your final step in the process is to get a licensed contractor’s estimate. The contractor will go look at your property and your existing construction to determine the difficulty of building the room. The contractor should give you an estimate that specifically spells out all the costs, including materials and labor.
It is very important your contractor has the proper credentials, you may save money by using an unlicensed contractor or a person working out of their truck but can you find them if you have a warranty issue.
Expanding or adding room takes a lot of planning before a contractor is contacted, there are contractors in your area such as DC Enclosures, Inc. 770-514-7019 www.dcenclosures.com that do help with the planning. Doing your research and addressing potential issues makes it easier for the contractor to know what you want and give you the most accurate estimate and also allows you to make a sound judgement.