With gas an electrical prices rising, people are getting creative in terms of how they heat and cool their homes. They’re also looking for a more relaxed, comfortable environment to escape their increasingly busy lives. Sunrooms are coming back into vogue thanks to both phenomenons and we’re sure many of you reading this are interested in possibly adding one to your home.
If you’re serious, then there are some serious considerations to think about – and that’s why we’re here today. Here are some tips for those of you who are thinking about buying a sunroom.
Make sure someone comes to your home
Especially if it’s to give you a quote. First, they should really offer you a free consultation, but they should most certainly come to your house to give you an estimate. Sunrooms can be a little trickier than you’d assume – and trust us when we tell you that they’re not the right fit for every home. Make sure that when you get the proverbial once-over and your contractor gives you a quote – that you’ve got a much stronger grasp as to the reality of your situation.
Ask about electricity
It’s always important to make sure that the electricity is properly wired through your sunroom or that your system can be installed in said space. Electrical raceways are a great option as they are not only safe, but shouldn’t interfere with the overall décor or aesthetic of the sunroom. Be on the lookout for contractors who only offer electric as an afterthought. It’s one of the most important components of your project.
Workman’s comp is a big expense that contractors aren’t in the mood to absorb, so they’ll cut corners and hire sub-contractors to do certain installations. If an uninsured worker gets injured on your property, you might be held responsible and the project as a whole could end up being a huge loss for the contractor. Make sure they’re insured.
Be sure of the subs
We want to make sure we don’t make sub-contractors out to be bad – because most of them certainly aren’t. In fact, many are outstanding. But its your job to ask IF they’ll be involved, HOW they’ll be involved and making sure that you do your home work on them, their work, etc. If it’s not a fit, don’t let them work on your project.
Permitting and paperwork
Sunrooms have a lot of hidden things in them that you might not be thinking about up front. Be sure to check on what permits you need and make sure you get what you need. The worst thing that could happen is a mid-project stoppage due to lazy permitting.
Sunrooms are a great addition to any home, just be sure that you do your homework on who’ll be doing the work first! Good luck!