Building a Room Addition? Get It Done Well with Contractors!

September 29, 2021

Sometimes, there will be an instance wherein there's just not enough space at home. There are a number of reasons for this. However, there's also a pretty good solution: getting a room addition. The project takes quite a bit more work than a DIY move would make. For this undertaking, calling on a contractor is definitely the best move.

The Contractors

Make sure to take on the contractor that is best suited for your project. Do your research in places like LinkedIn and HomeAdvisor. Believe it or not, contractors prefer to be chosen after a number of factors have been considered. You can and you should interview contractors! That's aside from looking into the outcome of their previous work and trying to get testimonials from previous clients.

The Room Addition

When you're getting a room addition, it's pretty much like getting a whole new mini-house going. Foundation, footers, zoning, permitting, HVAC, framing, plumbing, electrical, new windows, flooring, and more all go into its creation. For rooms that don't require services like plumbing, there are still unavoidable factors such as heating/cooling and electricity. Having a clear awareness of this will help in moving forward with a contractor.

Read on to learn more about working with contractors to build a room addition:

Avoid Super Low Bids

Bids that are too low are not a good sign, even if it seems that way. Nothing as extreme as a warning sign that there's a scam afoot, but still a red flag. The contractor might have a rather scaled-down take on your full vision; basically, they don't really understand it in full.

Contractors with Bids That Are in the Same Range Are Ideal

Much like competitive fast-food chains are pretty close in price, contractors of the same calibre will get bids that are quite close. It's a good sign that the quality of their work is top-notch since people are willing to pay top dollar.

Don’t Go With Too Many Bids at a Time

Five or so bids might seem like a good idea, but it doesn't do any good in the long run. A good rule of thumb is not to make a bid when there are more than two contractors at hand.

Find a Contractor You’re Comfortable With

Take note that this does not mean you should find a contractor to be best friends with. What it does mean is that you have to find a contractor you can work with. A business relationship wherein both parties are open to discussing matters regarding the project, and who share a vision for the finished product. The reputation of the contractor you work with falls under this. Depending on the scope of work, contractors can be around from anywhere between a month to several months. 

Conclusion

When there’s just not enough space in a home anymore, getting a room addition can be a great solution. It can be a living room or even a home office, with or without plumbing involved. Work with contractors for the best results. Make sure to find a contractor you’re comfortable with, one that doesn’t make super low bids, and don’t go with too many bids at a time.

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