Home expansions are not by any means a simple project, but they can be very rewarding. You get more space for your family, not to mention increase the overall value of your property.
However, there are times when the excitement of having a bigger space gets in the way of properly handling a room addition project. You can’t account for all bumps you’ll encounter along the way, but understanding common mistakes will help you ensure the success of your addition.
The biggest problems can stem from not choosing a licensed, insured and bonded home improvement company. You do not want to invest your money with inexperienced contractors or those with a bad reputation, so carefully research those you are interested in. To get started, you can check with Better Business Bureau and read reputable online reviews. Ask for references from companies you are considering.
Wanting to save on costs is perfectly understandable, but knowingly cutting corners with materials and labor will not help you in any way. In fact, shoddy work will only bring you more headaches down the road. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to construction.
If your home’s electrical panel is already handling a load of around 70 percent or more, for instance, you might have to upgrade to accommodate the room addition’s requirements. This and other structural changes can add significantly to the costs of the project.
A big part of preparing and avoiding mistakes in a room addition project is choosing the right contractor. We’ll be rounding up this blog series in the next part with a discussion on how to choose the right contractor to help you out.