Hiring a contractor for your home addition can be a difficult task. The builder you choose needs to understand your vision for your new sunroom, kitchen, bedroom, or other additional space. They need to create a room that incorporates new styles and features while still complementing your existing structure. Perhaps most importantly, they need to be able to make decisions that execute your vision, increase the value of your home, and allow them to stay within your budget and time frame.
Here are some essential questions you’ll want to ask when hiring a builder for your home addition.
1. “What Kind of Experience Do You Have?”
The last thing you want to do is hire a contractor who doesn’t have the right experience for your building project. That’s why it’s important to hire a company that has years of experience in the industry.
At Schultz Builders, we’ve been building custom homes, renovations, and additions for almost 20 years. We’ve helped more than 100 families in the Grand Rapids, MI, area build their dream home.
Not only will you want someone who’s been in the business for more than a few years, but you’ll also want to hire someone who has experience with your type of home addition. For example, if you’re building a gazebo or an upstairs balcony, you’ll want to hire a contractor who has experience working on outdoor structures.
2. “What’s Our Timeline?”
This can be a big frustration for many homeowners. They hire a contractor, work out a timeline, and then watch that date come and go while their project is still in the works.
Timelines are only estimates, and certain things may happen that cause projects to continue past their deadline. But an experienced contractor will do everything in their power to create a reasonable timeline for your home addition. They’ll make sure their estimates for their vendors are accurate, take into account any potential delays, and work with you to make sure your vision is solid to avoid any last-minute changes.
At Schultz Builders, we’ve built a network of interior designers, architects, and subcontractors in West Michigan. Our relationships are built on a reputation of excellence. We can count on our vendors, which means you can count on us to give you an honest timeline.
3. “How Will You Make the Addition Fit?”
We’ve all seen houses with rooms or features that have clearly been added on over the years. While you want your friends and family to notice your new addition, you don’t want it to stick out. It should flow with the styles and themes of the rest of your house.
Experienced contractors know how to make alook like it’s been there since the beginning without making you invest in something that looks and feels outdated. They can carry the best themes of your home into an addition while still creating something new and stylish.
4. “How Do You Work with Your Clients?”
This is a tricky question to ask, but it may be the most important. Any construction project requires clear communication between the contractor and the client.
Every homeowner has a unique way of approaching a building project. You may want to be hands-on and know the process behind every decision, or you may want to let the experience of your contractor be your guide. There’s no wrong way to add an addition to your home — it’s your home, after all. What’s important is making sure that you and your contractor have the same expectations for your working relationship.
If you’re still unsure, be sure to check out the. That way, you can get an idea of how they’ve worked with clients in the past.
Get Started on Your Home Addition
Our Grand Rapids, MI, home addition builders have the skills and experience to create a great new living space for your and your family. Call Schultz Builders today at (616) 291-2646, or contact us online.