Conceiving a home addition project is a daunting task in and of itself, but when you add in other aspects like cost, building materials and, above all else, choosing the right home addition contractor; it can be downright overwhelming to think about.
Contractors are varied because of the different disciplines that they specialize in and you’ll need to work with the majority of them to make sure that your home addition is realized.
From electricians, to roofers, plumbers and carpenters, it takes an entire team with different skill sets to build an addition to a home, whether that addition is something as large as an entire wing or as small as a sun room.
Because of the number of people and different skills involved with seeing a successful construction project through, you want to make sure that the work being done is of the highest quality and you can only do that by choosing the best home addition contractors around.
The tips in this article will help you narrow down your search and pick the best contractor possible for the work that you have in mind.
First and foremost before choosing someone to work on your home, it is important to pick someone who can guarantee the quality of his or her work. This can be done any number of ways.
• Look at their website: For any prospective home addition contractor that you’re thinking about hiring, look at their website and see if they have a portfolio of work that they’ve done in the past. By doing this, you can get a sense of what their work is like and whether or not it’s in line with that you’d like to do to your own home.
• Check out your neighbors: You can see if any of your neighbors have had work done to their homes that is similar to what you want done. By doing this, you and ask about what home addition contractor they use and how satisfied they were with the experience of working with that contractor.
• Compare estimates: If you come up with several companies who can do the work that you want then get estimates from each of them to see who provides the best rates. With that in mind, compare estimates to examples of their work so that you can compare the quality of the contractor’s work to what they charge for doing that work.
Going through these steps can help you narrow down the candidates who work on your home addition project. When you do find a home addition contractor that you like, never forget to get a written contract that will outline everything that’s going to be done and give a timetable as to when the work should be completed by.
By doing this, you get a guarantee that everything you want will be included in the work and the project will go as you imagined it. Beyond keeping these practical criteria in mind, it also pays to look for a contractor who is personable.
Ideally, you want someone who is going to explain the steps of the home addition process to you if you ask. They shouldn’t just be willing and able to answer questions about the process, but anything else related to the building of your home addition as well.
Any home addition contractor who is resistant to answering questions about the project at hand is more likely to make mistakes or, even worse, deviate from your plan.
This could ultimately set your project back if it happens.
Good luck with your search!
This post was produced by the Baltimore, MD based home addition contractor, Starcom Design/Build. Founded in 1986 by Bob Weickgenannt, Starcom Design/Build Corporation has grown into one of the largest and most respected of Columbia, MD Construction Companies.