Building Home Room Additions: What You Need To Know Before You Start
Before you contact remodeling contractors about building room
additions, Carter recommends that you investigate the
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
- 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
Read this Reliable Remodeler article on how to organize
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
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
- 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
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