Overlooked Costs for Arizona Room Additions
There are a number of factors to consider when estimating the cost of adding a room to a house in Arizona. Many of these are things that may not be immediately obvious when you first start thinking about your addition plans.
Obviously, there are the expenses involved with buying materials and paying for the labor costs for the work that must be done. If you enlist a contractor to handle the project, they will likely bundle all of these costs into one comprehensive estimate for the total job.
However, there are some additional expenses that you may not think about during the early stages of the process. By thinking ahead and keeping these potential costs in mind from the start, you can spare yourself the panic of unexpected expenses down the line.
Permits and fees. These can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including your location, the type of addition involved and any special features that may be included. Check with your municipality and any homeowners’ associations to get information about fees that may apply.
Furnishings. A big empty space probably won’t be of much use to you. While the exact type of furnishings required will depend on the particular kind of space involved, and the purposes you have intended for the room, there will at least be some basic staples required to furnish and outfit the new space.
Utility installation and setup. Your contractor will likely handle most of the work itself, but there may be extra costs involved to get your new space fully up and running. For example, if you need cable or satellite reception in the room, you may have to pay for an additional hookup or receiver. Likewise, for wireless internet access you may need to have a connection or router installed, and your service provider may charge an extra fee for another connection.
Insurance and taxes. These are possible costs that you may face on an ongoing basis. Check with your municipality or taxing body to see if additional space will affect your property taxes. Also ask your insurance agent about any potential impact on your homeowners’ premiums.
Republic West Remodeling has handled many Arizona room addition projects for local clients, and would love to discuss your addition plans.