Things you should know about room additions
By: Joseph SterblingAdler Building CompanyFarmington Hills, MI 48334Web site: www.adlerbuilding.com
Room additions will add square footage and value to your existing home, without the additional expenses incurred in the purchase of a new home and all the expenses that go with it. If you like the area you live in you should consider staying.
This is especially attractive to growing families with good neighbors, friends and schools.
Room additions consist of expanding the size of your original home by adding on new space. By doing so you could run in to zoning problems and need a variance from the planning and zoning board of appeals. This sound like a big deal but it’s usually not although it dose take some time to go through the process. A good contractor or Architect will walk you through it or take care of it for you. The problem is the zoning has been change over the years and the existing homes were in zoned some years ago.
Popular room additions are new master bedroom suites, additional bedrooms, and additional bathrooms, expanding kitchens, family rooms and family spaces and private spaces for aging parents. Lets not forget closet space; we all need more closet space in our new room addition.
Other popular room additions include increasing floor space by adding a second story room to your existing home, this can increase the value, functionality, and comfort of your home, without robbing you of lawn or garden footage.
In all instances, the value and equity of your home is increased along with its usability.
There are contractors who specialize in room additions. A well-planned and executed room addition can make a dramatic difference, both in the livability of your home, and in its value.
As you are planning your project with your room addition professional keep in mind resale value and curb appeal. Curb appeal can make a difference not only resale but also financing or refinancing. No one wants an ugly house unless it at a discounted price and financial institutions are no different.
At this point if your interested in a room addition get yourself some estimates. I recommend getting at least 3. It may sound strange that I’m in the home Improvement business and I want you to have other bids. Not I’m not crazy. You need bid not only to compare prices but you also get to interview your prospective builder. In my case I like you to have other bids so that when the guy down the street says he could have gotten it done for half the price you will know better.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HOME IMPROVEMENTOR ROOM ADDITIONS CONTRACTOR
I always look for honest people to deal with but sometime it can get hard to distinguish between the good and the bad. A personal rule of thumb is the more trusting a person is in me the more they can be trusted. Another way to put that is a person overly distrusting is usually the person that should not be trusted. Always take the time to check out the people that your dealing with.
Of course state and local laws determine the requirements for room addition projects.
A license is required in the state of Michigan, be sure your room additions contractor's license is valid and current (check with your state licensing board or local building department).
Check with your local Better Business Bureau. Anyone can have a complaint but Do they have any unresolved complaints?
Investigate what permits are required for a project that involves room additions. Make certain that your room addition professional pulls any and all permits required for the project. (Never pull the permit yourself as this makes you totally responsible for the project)
If the room additions contractor has a portfolio look for the versatility in the projects completed. An extensive verity of projects indicates that the room additions contractor has a wide range of experience.
Ask your contractor for client references. This is your best way to judge a contractor's experience and professionalism. Don't simply read the references your room addition contractor gives you. Take time to contact several previous clients.
It is extremely important that a contractor be properly insured to protect you from potential legal problems. A room addition contractor should have the following coverage: General Liability Insurance - covers you in case your contractor damages your property. Automobile Insurance - protects you in case your contractor's vehicle damages another vehicle on your property.
Now I’m not down on Architects but obtaining your plans through you room additions professional will be less expensive, less hassle and an overall better flow throughout the entire project.
With a good professional room additions expert your experience can be a pleasant one. Be involved but not overly involved, give your room additions professional some breathing space and let them do their job. Sit back and enjoy, as it can be fun.
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Produced by: Adler Building Company