Is it finally time to add-on a sunroom to your home? When it comes to hiring a contractor, you should probably decide on the scope of the project before your first meeting with them. This is because they will be able to give you a more accurate estimate when they know more details about what you want. When you already have answers for the questions a sunroom contractor would ask you, you will gain respect and establish yourself as an educated consumer.
Decide on the Contractor
When you are scoping out different contracting companies in your area, there are certain “deal breaker” questions you need to ask up front. Ask (via phone call or email) if they have ample experience building sunrooms. If they have sunroom pictures on their website or Facebook page, make sure to ask if those pictures are actually their handiwork.
Another deal breaker would be if the contractor is not licensed, insured, or bonded. There are too many scary possibilities of hiring an illegitimate contractor to list them all in this blog. But trust us, it is not worth it.
Decide on the Details
How big is your sunroom going to be? What kind of flooring do you want? What kind of windows? Do you need added cooling or heating? Do you need a door or French doors included? These are the kinds of questions you need to have answers for so your contractor can give you a closer estimate.
You will also save time by getting paint samples and flooring samples in advance. The sunroom builder might not be able to get the exact thing you pick out from their supplier, but they can try their best to match it if they have a sample in hand.
Decide on the Timeline
Of course, a contractor may not be able to adhere to the exact timeline in your head, but you will definitely want to have an idea of what you want before talking to them. Maybe it would be really great to have it finished before summertime, when it is too hot to sit on your porch. Maybe you will have a house full for the holidays, so it would be best to start construction after everyone leaves in January.
Decide on the Financing
There are a few different ways you can go about financing your dream sunroom. One way is by getting a home equity loan. The downside of home equity loans is that you will be putting your house on the line. You will have to set up a home appraisal and wait for the bank to approve it. It is quite a long, complicated process.
And, once it is approved, most banks do stage funding. This means they will only finance part of the project at a time. Contractors do not like this because if the next stage hasn’t hit your bank account by the time they need it, it might delay their schedule.
Another way to finance your sunroom is through a home improvement loan. When you go this route using HFS Financial as your guide, the process is much faster and easier. Our application process takes one minute or less, and you will be hearing from one of our home improvement loan experts quickly.
We will find the best loan options to meet your needs. Your sunroom contractor will love that we do not do stage funding. Your project will be funded up front. So, what are you waiting for? Apply now or call us at 1-800-254-9560 to learn more. At HFS Financial, “You Dream It, We Finance It!”