Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…
An important aspect of hiring a contractor to do work in your home is to understand what permits, special requirements or licensure are required for each job. Once that’s understood, you can know whether it’s best to hire a licensed contractor or a handyman.
Be sure to ask for referrals and references and know the relationship of those referring parties to the contractor. Ask for pictures of installations on similar jobs that have been performed for others and give those referring parties a call or visit to ask how the work was performed, the attitude during the job, coming in on budget and wrapping up on time. Discover if there are any negative remarks online or with the BBB. Be sure he or she is qualified to handle the scope and type of work needed, especially with regard to special conditions such as lead based paint, asbestos, mold, etc.
If the home is occupied, if personal items are stored there or is otherwise notid_verified vacant, be sure to qualify your contractor if he’s unknown to you through online services such as mysmartmove.com or others. Get a copy of the contractors driver’s license and have him sign a w-9 … Read More
If you're having your bathroom remodeled, the interior finishes are the first element that you're likely to focus on. However, there is also the under consideration consideration of your hot water and heating to consider as well. If you are going to the trouble of teasing out your old fittings and structures to put in new ones, it makes sense to make sure that the hot water heater and the overall heating supply are the best ones they can be, since those are two elements that will govern the comfort of the space in the long term.
In terms of creating a bathroom that is functional and pleasing to the eye, there are many elements of the remodeling process that need consideration. It is important, first and foremost, to employ a professional to do the job. Since there are pipes and electrical wiring involved in most projects, only qualified remodeling contractors should tackle them. These professionals will also have access to top quality products, often getting them directly through the manufacturer so they come to you at the lowest price possible.
You might have a bathroom layout that works for you, and you simply need to replace the practical elements, … Read More
Fielding budget-related questions is one of the trickiest parts of our job, because there's always a fine line between giving clients what they want and what their budget will allow.
We often see budget-conscious clients who want to choose lower-quality products to keep costs down. The problem is, those choices do not always correspond with the quality in the rest of their home and can extremely affect impact resale, often doing more harm than good. On the other hand, some clients have a pension for great-quality products, and create visions for their space that if executed, would tip them way past their stipulated budget.
So how do we help clients when they are unwilling to share their budget? The simple answer is: we can not. Most clients think that if they explain what they want to a contractor, the pros should easily be able to tell them how much it's going to cost. Unfortunately, that's a complete misnomer. Picture yourself walking into a used car lot and telling your salesman you want a white sports car with power windows and navigation, and asking them how much it will cost. They'd look at you like you were crazy – clueless whether … Read More