There’s no doubt that there are some home improvement projects that require the skills of a professional, but how do you find that professional? Do you just read Google reviews and pick one at random? No, that’s not a good strategy.
Instead, you need to ask around, interview contractors on the phone and in person, get references and check them, check licensing, verify there are no complaints lodged against the contractor, and that’s all before you get quotes. Choosing a contractor for a home improvement or remodel can be daunting, but it’s well worth it if you want the job done right the first time, on schedule, and on budget (or as close to it as can be managed). Here’s your step-by-step guide to finding a contractor for your next home renovation.
Get Recommendations from the Right Places
The right contractor for your home improvement will be one who specializes in doing the kind of jobs you want done. If you don’t know anyone who has recently had similar work done to their own home, and don’t have any family or friends in the home remodeling industry, you’ll have to think outside the box to get recommendations. Start with your local independently owned hardware store. They usually know who the most reputable contractors in town are, because they deal with them regularly.
When you’re a homeowner, you quickly get used to small expenses coming up. A leaky faucet here, a broken window there. The small fixes can add up quickly if you aren’t careful, which is why, if you’re like most homeowners, you try to DIY as much as possible. Taking care of things that come up can potentially save you money as long as you know what you’re doing. However, if you aren’t skilled at some of the bigger home repairs that come up, it may be more cost-effective to hire a pro to handle the job. Here are a few times when you should consider calling in a professional for your home repairs.
Unless you’re a licensed electrician, electrical work should never be handled on your own. Because you’re dealing with wires and voltage, you shouldn’t go poking around in your walls or with your fuse box unless you’re a skilled professional. Next time you have an electrical issue in your home, do yourself a favor and hire a licensed electrician.
Your home’s foundation is vital to its overall structural integrity. If you notice it crumbling, sagging, or cracking, you shouldn’t attempt to fix it on your own or you could risk making it worse. Instead, you should work with a professional foundation contractor. They can help you repair any damage to your home and keep secure.
I think the biggest renovation project we have coming up (and when I say coming up, I mean over the next few years!) is our floors.
When we purchased this house, the seller agreed to have new carpet installed upon his departure. Carpet, you say? With all the fabulous hard flooring options these days? Well, yes, carpet, because, at the time, we had two babies who were becoming VERY mobile, and we didn’t want them learning to walk and having nowhere to fall but on very hard wood and tile floors. We thought carpet was really the best option at the time. That was probably the right decision THEN…but nevertheless, within the next few years we’ll be installing wood floors throughout!
Embarking on a renovation project can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. However, there are several things that are a must on any good reno revitalization. The last thing you want is to get halfway through, or worse still, to the end, and realize you left something out. If you aren’t sure how to get the most out of your renovation project, then consider these simple tips.
Find ways to make the most of what you’ve got
One of the main reasons people take on renovation projects is a want to do more with what you’ve got. Unfortunately, sometimes what you’ve got isn’t much, so it is crucial to make the most of what you are working with. Sectional garage doors are a fantastic example of this.
As homeowners, many of us reach a point where we want to make some changes to the house. It could be renovation to upgrade some outdated or inefficient home features. You may need to add some extra space, perhaps via a detached garage, or just do some things to improve energy efficiency. We have a running list of things we want to do around our home, and today, as a matter of fact, our driveway is being finished with asphalt, so…CHECK!
Whatever you get into, it will cost you some money. For that reason, a lot of people put off home improvements until they reach a point where they are forced to take action. It is best not to let it get to that point; it’s much easier to make a repair when you need to than when you have to.
It’s essential that you start planning for improvements as soon as you get the home. It may sound overwhelming on the heels of closing costs and down payments, but it’s well worth it by saving you on interest and avoiding price increases.
Well, it’s officially Summer, y’all! If anyone is qualified to tell you that, I most certainly am. The high today here in Central Florida is slated to be 93 degrees, with a feels-like temp of 99! WOW! (Oh, and a 60% chance of strong storms…welcome to SUMMER!)
Even though it’s getting hot out there, we can’t talk our house into not needing anything done to it. (I just hope we can talk our air conditioner into not needing anything done to IT.) There are still improvements that need to be made, and maintenance that needs to continue.
So when Stephanie from Monkey Bar Storage contacted me to see if I’d like to share their summer guide (Summer Improvements for Your Whole Home!) with all of you, I headed over to check out the link, and woah baby! With a clean and simple magazine-quality layout, this guide touches on…
17 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do
3 Simple Bathroom Storage Ideas for Summer
Boys Closet Organization Project
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