A new home room addition requires an investment of time, energy and money. Before making what can be a significant commitment of each, consider taking a few steps to help ensure the room addition contractor you select is right for you and that the process is as painless as possible.

Be aware that any kind of home renovation, no matter how simple it may seem at the beginning, involves some level of disruption to your daily routine. If you’re adding a bathroom, for instance, plumbing may not be available on some occasions. A sunroom will possibly block, or create, inconvenient access to your backyard or your children’s play area. One of the most difficult things to get used to, however, continual presence and intrusion of people coming into your house all day long.

One of the first steps toward finding a contractor should be to ask for recommendations from your friends and coworkers. It’s best to find a contractor that is well established in your area. Also, be sure that you check references from past clients to see how satisfied they were with the work. If your state requires bonding or licensing contact the proper agencies to make sure your contractor meets those requirements.

A new home room addition requires an investment of time, energy and money. Before making what can be a significant commitment of each, consider taking a few steps to help ensure the room addition contractor you select is right for you and that the process is as painless as possible.

Be aware that any kind of home renovation, no matter how simple it may seem at the beginning, involves some level of disruption to your daily routine. If you’re adding a bathroom, for instance, plumbing may not be available on some occasions. A sunroom will possibly block, or create, inconvenient access to your backyard or your children’s play area. One of the most difficult things to get used to, however, continual presence and intrusion of people coming into your house all day long.

One of the first steps toward finding a contractor should be to ask for recommendations from your friends and coworkers. It’s best to find a contractor that is well established in your area. Also, be sure that you check references from past clients to see how satisfied they were with the work. If your state requires bonding or licensing contact the proper agencies to make sure your contractor meets those requirements.

It’s also a good idea to get in touch with the Better Business Bureau and do a little research. Look to see if they make timely payments to their suppliers, which will be a good indicator of good business practices.

Next, you should obtain estimates from three separate room addition contractors. Make sure each contractor comes to your home to evaluate your need. Be clear about you what you are wanting them to do with your room addition plan so that their estimates are based upon the same work and you will be able to make accurate comparisons.

There are a few red flags that you should be aware of and if any of these come up it is advisable to stay away from these companies, businesses or contractors.

Try to avoid people that walk up to your house and tries to sell you their services. Very seldom does a reputable contractor need to solicit jobs in that fashion. Not to say that this can not work out. But just be careful and make sure to do the other background checks. Also, watch for out-of-state license tags. Another red flag is if the contractor does not have a physical address, just a P.O. Box. Scam artists are abundant and a room addition cost is not cheap so be sure you feel comfortable with who you are dealing with. For this reason, it is always better to do business with a company that has been recommended by previous clients.

Once you have decided on the contractor be sure to get a contract in writing. Everything about the project should be stated in detail, including the materials needed, the approximate cost, and the estimated start and completion dates. Any warranties should also be documented in the contract, as well as the names of any subcontractors that may be involved.

Be certain that the contractor you choose for your home room addition carries personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation insurance for their employees and subcontractors. A phone call to your own insurance company is also a good idea to check whether you have coverage in case of injury or damage on your property.