At Last, Remodeling Advice For Room Addition Planning
Before you ever think about contacting a contractor,
bears a couple of things that you should do on your own. I don't know
how many homeowners have contacted me in the past, to come out to their
house for a free estimate, of course I'm emphasizing the word free here,
it didn't cost them anything. About 75% of these estimates turn out to
be a waste of my time.
Obviously if you're reading this as a homeowner, you're probably not worried about wasting my time or other contractors, but it's time for that to change. If you're planning on remodeling your home or adding on a room addition, it wouldn't be a bad idea to contact your local Planning and Building Departments.
By contacting your local Planning Department, they can tell you whether you can or whether you can't add on to your home. If you're remodeling your bathroom, kitchen or putting new siding on your home, you don't need to contact the Planning Department. The Planning Department would need to be contacted, to get more information about room additions, adding garages and storage sheds, not interior remodeling.
If you're planning on building a room addition, you should also pay a visit to the building department that's responsible for your city, county or unincorporated areas. The building department usually has free handouts on what is required from you and your contractor for any remodeling and room additions that you're planning on doing in the future.
Don't waste your contractor's time, you can contact your local building and planning departments, by going down there or calling them on the phone. This is usually what I have homeowners do, anyway, if they call me for a room addition estimate.