How to Add a Room

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A room addition can increase your property’s value and expand your living space. Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy process, and if you don’t plan properly, you may exceed your budget. Still, adding a room is a lot easier and cheaper than moving into a new home.

Things You'll Need

  • General contractor
  • Building permit
  • Home improvement loan
  • Signed documents
  • Determine an affordable amount and how to pay for the project. Before beginning a room addition, visit the local bank and qualify for a home improvement loan. Ideally, it’s best to use your own money for the project. If this isn’t feasible, a low-interest personal loan or home equity loan is a great alternative.

  • Plan the room addition project. Pick the perfect place to build the room addition. It’s best to pick a location with plenty of space, perhaps toward the back of the home. This way, the bonus room complements the rest of the house.

  • Contact the local zoning office. You need permission from the zoning office to add a room. Measure your house and take pictures. Zoning officials will review the application and determine the maximum size for the room addition.

  • Get quotes from three general contractors. Adding a room is an extensive project, and you’ll need someone to pour the foundation, build the frame and hang the sheetrock. In addition, you’ll need a plumber and an electrician. Rather than deal with multiple contractors, hire one general contractor to handle the details. They’ll coordinate the project and acquire the proper permits.

  • Be present and keep copies of all signed documents. Some contractors are unreliable and shady. They provide a quote, but the final price is much higher. In addition, some contractors disappear for a few days or slack on the job. Retain all paperwork and keep a close eye on the project.

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