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Costs of Remodeling Additions

Getting home addition estimates can be a challenge when you are trying to plan for your remodel. There are too many variables to be considered in a major remodeling project or room addition for a contractor to be able to provide a specific square foot price ahead of time. All free estimates should be considered to only be estimates; they can always vary. Not only should your contractor consider the structural aspects of your goal, but they should realize that estimating home remodeling costs can depend on what kind of materials that you want to use, such as pre-manufactured or custom cabinets.

For quality home addition estimates, you should talk to professionals. They’ll be able to provide you with something more precise than the general estimate that you’re used to. These are specialists which are trained to discuss your budget and priorities so that they can develop a detailed plan that will be perfect just for you. They will also contact other professionals that they work with so that they can draw up the plans that will meet building codes and figure out the brunt of the costs. This is ideal if you want a better amount of insight into how much money you will be spending on your project in the long run.

Even when you have home addition estimates, it doesn’t mean that the price is set in stone. You might pay for design specifications up front, but you need to be flexible when it comes to the final costs. Estimating for the remodeling costs is never going to be equal to the amount of money that you spend based on unexpected situations and discoveries or changes. It’s a good idea that you should get around three bids on your project from different contractors in the area. You should have at least three. Talking to more than one contractor will allow you to compare the costs and their services. You can also remove some of the home addition estimates that are too high. Ideally, you should be able to find a few options that are much lower than you expected.

When you’re talking with contractors and they’re providing you with estimates on additions to your home, take it with a grain of salt. Even with contractors that you feel that you can trust to do a great job. You should spend time researching on your own. Check out their references. Find out if everything is the cost that they claim it is. Even if they give you a reasonable price, expect to pay more. It’s almost always going to be more than you might expect. For a good point of reference, if you can find sources of property where they have worked on additions previously, see if you can visit and examine their results for yourself. This way, you will at least know that the amount of money you’re spending on your addition is going to be well worth the price.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.