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Increase Your Home's Value with a Room Addition

By Jeffrey Anderson
Many changes can take place during the time you own a home. Your family can get larger, you or your spouse may start hobbies that take up a lot of space, or your family may need a home office and but you have run out of rooms.

A room addition can be the answer, and the good news is that, according to a 2008 REALTOR Magazine article, you can recoup up to 65 percent of the costs involved, depending on what type of room you add, when the time comes to sell your home.

Get Room Addition Help and Save Money

A room addition may not be a large job, but it requires construction knowledge to do it properly and efficiently. A construction professional can listen to your needs, look at your existing home, and show you the best way to add a room and tie it into the existing structure so that it doesn't look like an addition. The construction professional will take into account:

  • How the additional roof will affect the existing roof in appearance and drainage
  • Window placement so that the exterior of the room addition conforms with the existing home
  • Placement of interior doors and any possible exterior doors
  • Whether existing heating and cooling systems can handle the additional square footage
  • How the foundation needs to be prepared and how the exterior grade will work

Hiring a Contractor

These are some of the main issues and there are many minor issues which will determine how your room addition will blend in as an integral part of your existing home and give you the additional space you need.

A construction professional will be able to give you estimates of all costs involved, and the benefit of his or her knowledge and experience. The contractor will often have a drafting department or access to a drafting professional so that in addition to the estimates, you receive drawings of how the addition's exterior and interior.

Increase your home's value, build the room addition you need, but make sure it is done properly by getting the help of a professional contractor.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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