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Building Home Room Additions: What You Need To Know Before You Start

Building Home Room Additions: What You Need To Know Before You Start

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April 7, 2010

Before you contact remodeling contractors about building room additions, Carter recommends that you investigate the following:

Homework for Remodeling and Room Additions

  • Financial and Time Costs: Know your budget when building room additions. Also, figure out with your famliy how long you are willing for your house to be a construction zone.
  • Zoning: Take several photos of your home to the local zoning office. Make sure the photos capture all angles. Also bring a rough sketch that shows where your house sits on the lot, and provide measurements from the front, side and rear walls to the property line. Using this information, zoning officials should be able to tell you how big your home room addition can be.
  • Real Estate Values: Whether or not you plan to sell your home, ask reputable real estate agents what types of home room additions achieve the best Return on Investment in your neighborhood. Also inquire about home room additions that turn buyers away. Drive by these houses and read this Reliable Remodeler article on five top room additions to stimulate ideas.
  • Draw Floor Plans: Determine exact dimensions of other rooms in your home and match your room addition plans accordingly.

Read this Reliable Remodeler article on how to organize room addition plans and how to talk to remodeling contractors. The more information you have beforehand, the better prepared you will be to meet with building contractors.

When you are ready to meet with building contractors, Carter advises that you:

Doing Business With Remodeling Contractors

  • Call several remodeling contractors and comparison shop with informal quotes.
  • Have several remodeling contractors fill out a detailed checklist accounting for all costs for the formal bids.
  • Be prepared for initial bids in the $115 to $200 per square foot range; add more for bathrooms and kitchens.

Reliable Remodeler's free guide, Working with Contractors Successfully, can help you navigate the process. Download it now and get free quotes from remodelng contractors in your area. At Reliable Remodeler, we help your room addition plans take shape.

About the author: Cheri Renee began her professional writing career at Greenspun Media Group's Showbiz Weekly magazine. Several years later, she discovered an interest in interior design and home improvement, while on assignment for GMG's H&D magazine. Cheri holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Augusta State University and an M.S.T. in Adolescent English Education from Fordham University.

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