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Risks of Amateur Contractors Performing Home Additions

July 9, 2019

If you’re looking to add a room addition to your home, you’ll have several contractors lining up for the job. Like with any other industry where several options are available, these contractors will generally have a wide range of reputations for quality and effective service.

 

At Falk Construction Inc., we’re proud to consistently be identified as one of the top home contractors in Utah, including every area of home remodeling – from basement finishing to home additions and much more. Our track record and list of happy past clients showcases clearly our commitment to every job, large and small. Unfortunately, not all contractors are quite as reputable or trustworthy as you deserve; here are some of the risks you face if hiring an amateur or inexperienced contractor to perform your home addition rather than well-trained, licensed and experienced professionals.

 

Material Choice

 

One of the most common downsides of working with amateurs is their general lack of experience choosing and matching materials. Room additions can involve several different materials – not only do these need to be sourced properly, they need to match the rest of the home, both inside and outside.

 

While you may think this process is as simple as just tracking color schemes and matching them up, you’d be incorrect. This matching process requires architects and designers who understand several industry details. In addition, even if an inexperienced contractor happens to land on the right material choice by chance, they generally won’t have the connections to source the best, most affordable options.

 

Incorrect Location

 

Most homeowners have some idea of where they want to place a room addition, but there are cases where this vision isn’t realistic based on several potential factors. Not only do you have to consider important aesthetics and flow here, you also have to be sure your house remains within code, has access to electricity and plumbing, and doesn’t impact any other systems already present.

 

Once again, amateurs in this field won’t always have the required expertise here. They’ll often place room additions in locations that throw the entire home out of balance, or that require constant hassle in terms of electrical or plumbing connections. You’d be shocked, in fact, to know how many amateur contractors out there don’t even know proper local building codes.

 

Size and Architecture

 

Another vital factor for a room addition is the proper square footage. The operative term here is “masses,” which refer to large areas like rooms or others that help balance the way the home looks from the outside. Homes that are balanced badly not only look bad, but generally have lower values if they’re placed on the market.

 

For more on the mistakes you may run into if you trust your home addition to amateur contractors, or to learn about any of our general contractor services, speak to the staff at Falk Construction Inc. today.

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