After years of dealing with cramped space and kids outgrowing their rooms, you’ve finally decided to get started on that room addition. Congratulations! Not only will you have room to move and space for guests when they visit overnight, but you potentially add value to your home. Now, adding on a room to any house is no small effort, and if you’re not a handyman you’re probably browsing local contractors to search for the best deal. Room additions aren’t cheap, either, and while you don’t want to go broke with this renovation you do want quality work. So how can you avoid problems with a contractor before they begin?
First things first, you need to find the right contractor for the job. Over time you may know friends and family who have had work done to their houses, and you can therefore ask for recommendations. You can also note the quality of the completed project to determine if the contractor is up to your job. There are, of course, other things to consider.
- How much time does the contractor take to complete a project? Do you expect to have equipment and a huge, unsightly trash bin on your property for long, or will the company take care of everything in a timely manner?
- Does the company have its own electricians and workers on their payroll, or do they hire day laborers to assist in building? This is not to say that temporary workers are not qualified, but you should be assured that the people working on your house are professional and know what they are doing.
- Is there an established office for the company? You want to be careful that you aren’t hiring a fly by night operation that could disappear once you’ve paid for their services.
It’s natural to be nervous about a large home remodeling job. It will probably cost more money than you’re used to spending, and the end result will greatly change the way your home looks. There may be legalities involved that you have to clear with your neighborhood or even the city, and hopefully the contractor you hire can advise you in that regard.
Overall, the best way to avoid problems with your room addition and the work is to choose the construction company wisely. This should not be a rash decision – carefully weigh every factor from cost to time and resources used before you decide. Listen to friends and family who have experienced similar work and enjoy the end result.