Room additionby Dan Fritschen

A room addition estimate can vary quite a bit. For the most part, your estimate will depend upon the size of the room that you want added, as well as how extensive your renovation plans are.

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For instance, if you want a bedroom added, your expense is likely to vary considerably based on whether you want the extra room on the ground floor or an upper level. Room additions on upper levels tend to cost a bit more, so this is something that you should be prepared for from the beginning. It might also run into more cost if you decide to have your basement renovated, particularly if you plan to add at least one separate room to your existing space.

All of these are things for you to keep in mind as you decide exactly what type of renovations you want completed.

Any room addition estimate is just that: an estimate. It is important for you to remember this as you obtain estimates from various contractors, because a lot of people tend to become disillusioned once their renovation project has gotten underway. The reason for this is that so many jobs wind up costing more than the amount that was originally quoted. While it certainly is unfortunate, it can be avoided by thoroughly planning your remodeling project and not making any changes to the scope of the project once you start.

A good contractor should be able to provide you with an estimate that is within a few hundred dollars of what your final cost winds up being, but sometimes unpredictable things happen once a contractor has started working, and these incidentals can add to your expense.

For example, during a preliminary examination of your home, a contractor might have no way of realizing that you have structural damage beneath your home or in the walls or ceiling. There might also be wiring problems that are not discovered until the work has already begun.  One of the most important things that you can remember about any room addition estimate is that those initial figures are subject to change if serious flaws are found in your home after construction has begun.

Leave yourself a healthy amount of wiggle room in your budget so that you can comfortably accommodate any unanticipated expenses, as this will allow you to have a more enjoyable experience with your remodeling project.