Common Myths about Home Remodeling

 

 

Common Myths about Home Remodeling, have you ever believed something because it seems to be common knowledge only to find out much later that everyone literally has the wrong idea? That’s how myths work, and in this age and time, there are myths about everything everywhere. This noise makes it hard to tell truth from lies and facts from myths. But today, we have got your back on debunking those myths about home remodeling. Yes, there are lots of surprises and new realizations waiting.

 

  • Home remodeling can be DIY

A home remodeling project can be on anything from adding an extra room to changing current rooms and so on. In most cases, it involves a series of professionals each expert in their field who contribute their part to completing the remodeling project. One would expect homeowners to be thrilled by this but it turns out they only get scared. Being able to DIY a remodeling project because it’s a cheaper option is a myth. Without the proper experience, skill, and time, you would end up spending much more than the initial cost of hiring professionals. Not to mention possible damages or accidents that might occur when you choose to renovate your home yourself.

 

  • All home remodeling projects add value to your home

The idea that remodeling your home today can help increase resale value tomorrow is probably the most popular opinion on home remodeling. While it’s not entirely wrong, the truth is this only one reason to remodel and most times, it does not apply. Remodeling should be about your comfort and current lifestyle. There’s no assurance that a potential buyer will find the changes attractive or worth higher value.

  • The lower the bid the better the value

Not every contractor is out to give you the best. It’s unfortunate yet true. Hence, just because your budget seems to resonate with the lowest bid doesn’t mean you should take that option. A contractor offering the lowest bid is cutting corners somewhere to make that bid work and this could be by using inferior materials or rushing the job. Always determine credibility and other factors, in addition, to bid before hiring.

 

  • Going green is expensive

In the long run, going green is always the cheaper option. Those seemingly expensive green products save lots of money as time goes by. Also, not all green products are expensive. Shop wisely but try not to cut corners. There are equally cost-free ways to go green that involve your daily activities.

 

  • Home renovations wreck your home and put you out of a home until its complete

It’s understandable why many homeowners believe they have to leave their home during a remodeling project. What you don’t know is, it’s hardly necessary. Home remodeling professionals are trained to work around occupants and they hardly need the entire house to themselves to work on just a section. A reputable company will discuss and agree on a schedule with you before starting.

Also, its true remodeling can get messy, but not so much. A reputable company will discuss any major disruptive concerns with you and clean up as they go.

 

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what do general contractors do

 

 

What Do General Contractors Do? Are you planning a bedroom remodel? Or perhaps it’s the kitchen? Or are you building a home? Regardless of which of these or something similar you are planning to undertake construction is both complicated and time-consuming. Ideally, you would need a general contractor with the professional knowledge needed to complete your project smoothly and efficiently. It sounds easy, and it sounds obvious but still, many homeowners think they can skip hiring a general contractor and save a few bucks.

Unfortunately, this plan never goes as expected and homeowners end up spending, even more, when they finally have to hire a general contractor to correct their mistakes and carry on with the project. If you are not well-informed on what exactly general contractors do, read on to learn all about it. 

 

·      They bring knowledge to the table

Just because you can change a few light bulbs does not mean your knowledge or expertise on electricity can compare with a qualified electrician. The same goes for construction. A general contractor is a specialist with the knowledge needed for construction projects and as such they bring this unparalleled knowledge to the table.

A general contractor knows the work process. They know what needs to be done and when. This saves time, keeps the project going smoothly, and also saves money. Missing things can heap up unexpected expenses in the long run. 

General contractors are also well-informed on trades and they supervise the entire jobs done by subcontractors. They know the schedules and they keep your project on track. This particular point is so vital because there are several subcontractors on a project at one time. Depending on the scope of what you are doing, they could be up to 40. Imagine having to ensure each one of these 40 subs are on time and delivering what is needed? Imagine the risk of one or more subs missing their deadlines or scheduled time? This can impact everything negatively and slow things down. But of course, when a qualified general contractor is on the job, that won’t happen. 

A general contractor also has knowledge of building codes and employ this to ensure your work is up to standard. They are your way out of troublesome re-inspection fees. 

·      They are experienced with contracting details

You can surely agree that there is so much detail involved with the contracting process of subs. As a homeowner or property owner without the needed knowledge, how would you know the scope of this contract? What happens when changes come into the picture from your end or the subcontractor’s end? A general contractor saves you the trouble because they are experienced with contracting details. This just becomes something you never have to worry about when you hire a general contractor.

·      They keep valuable relationships

All professional general contractors have a thriving business relationship with builders and other subcontractors. This relationship makes it easier for you to get the best subcontractors on your project. And it also contributes to the efficiency of their work. 

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What to Ask a General Contractor

Asking the right questions cuts your work in half when searching for the right contractor for your project. It helps you make a better choice of who to work with as well as understand the scope of your project. It also ensures a smooth working relationship with the contractor you finally choose.

We have put together these vital questions you need to help you enjoy these benefits. Read on to find them.

  1. Are you licensed?

The right answer – YES

The question on the license is vital for many reasons. First, it gives you the guarantee that if the contractor does not perform a complete job you can hold them accountable with a licensing body. Some states also require contractors to have a license while some don’t. If your state requires a license, be sure to check a licensing agency in your state to confirm that the contractor’s license number is authentic.

  1. How long have you been working in this industry?

The right answer – A few years that present enough time to have over ten references that you can contact.

Experience can never be underestimated. While you do not need the contractor to have decades of experience to assure you of his expertise, a few years in the business comes with proof of a good or bad record. You can see reviews and reach out to the references to inquire about their experience.

  1. Do you have insurance for damages if they occur?

The right answer – YES

Quite simply you really do not what an uninsured contractor working in your home. The insurance is there to protect you from costs or responsibility should accidents occur or anything gets damaged during the construction process. Luckily such accidents or damages are rare but you cannot skip having an insured general contractor.

  1. Do you have a workman’s compensation insurance for your employees?

The right answer – YES

You do not want to be held responsible for the treatment of an employee who got injured while working on your project. This is not because you are unkind, but because you can’t shoulder such unexpected expenses like surgery for example. All professional general contractors carry this insurance.

  1. What is a realistic or estimated timeline for this project?

The right answer – A specific timeline that you would expect the contractor to work by.

Knowing how long the project takes is important to help you prepare for the project and find housing alternatives if necessary. It also helps you agree on milestones with the contractor so you know if your project is on track. You can hold the contractor to this estimate and avoid any surprises like the contractor taking off while the project is incomplete.

Transparency is important and a good general contractor can answer your questions easily and clearly. If the contractor seems to have a hard time doing this, then it is a red flag you might not want to ignore.

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Dealing with a bad contractor, remodeling your home or building a new one can be hectic. It’s hardly something you can handle on your own which leads many homeowners to hire a contractor. But what happens when the contractor takes your money and runs for it. Or does a sloppy job, delays your project, and much more horrible things? The good news is, there is something you can do about these situations and the bad news is you hardly come away without a form of loss.

Red flags to look out for when hiring a contractor

It is possible to avoid running into a bad contractor in the first place. It is much cheaper and easier than having to deal with a bad one later. Here are some red flags to look out for when hiring.

  • A contractor that solicits door to door

A good contractor is usually too busy to go from door to door soliciting jobs. A bad one, however, has the time. Some homeowners fall victim to hiring a contractor that showed up at their door and shaking hands on an agreement that was never signed. The result of this is that the contractor can do as they please and there’s no legal agreement to hold them by.

  • They bid lower than normal

As a rule of thumb, you should not go with the first contractor you see or the one with the lowest price. Be sure to compare up to three or even more contractor bids before deciding and be wary of those with a bid lower than normal. Another angle to this is contractors that claim they want to use your work for advertising purposes. Refuse such offers that seem to include cutting corners.

  • They don’t get the permits themselves

A professional contractor gets the necessary permits themselves. They do not put that responsibility on the homeowner. A contractor that requests you to do this is probably unlicensed or has a bad reputation.

  • The contractor wants to be paid the whole fee upfront

This is clearly a scam. You should only pay a small percentage of the total fee upfront.

How to deal with a bad contractor

  • Fire the contractor

This is the first and quickest way out. As soon as you notice the signs don’t allow your loss go any further. Fire the contractor immediately and end the contract. Use your documentation of the work agreement and their actions as your defense.

  • Hire an attorney

In case the contractor has escaped with your money or doesn’t finish the job, you can hire an attorney to pursue them. This will cost you the attorney’s fees and time but weigh your other options and decide.

  • File complaints and post public review

If you are unable to take solid legal action, you can always file complaints on review websites and leave a public negative review stating your experience.

  • Go to a small claims court

In a small claims court, you can do without an attorney. But there’s a limit that the plaintiff can sue for. Check for the limit before you proceed.

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6 Ways to Increase Your Home Value This Year

 

If you are like most homeowners, then you know and believe that your home is your biggest asset. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with increasing your home’s value. You can do it to build equity now or value to sell the home later. Despite what you might believe increasing your home’s value is actually not so financially demanding. Here are 6 sure ways to boost value for equity or selling your home in the future.

  1. Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is easily one of the biggest influencers of a home’s value. When you or a potential buyer takes a turn into your street, how does your home look? Is it welcoming and attractive? Does it appeal to a buyer or make you believe this home might be worth some good cash? Work on the curb appeal of your home by doing little things here and there. Enhance the appearance of your walkway with flowers. Engage in proper lawn maintenance. Paint your front door red or something bold and pretty. If possible, get your neighbors to do the same thing too because curb appeal doesn’t involve just your home. It gets better if other houses close to you have a great outward appearance too.

6 Ways to Increase Your Home Value This Year

  1. Paint and Flooring

Ever walked into a freshly painted home with equally fresh and clean flooring? Painting your home is one of the most cost-effective means of adding value to your home. It can bring a fresh look to worn out interiors. Choose colors that flatter your home to do this. Some new floorboards, carpets, and other flooring options will compliment your freshly painted walls making the home look brand new.

  1. Increase Home Efficiency

Smart homes are more than a trend. They enhance your comfort and convenience as a homeowner. Then, of course, they skyrocket value. Who wouldn’t love a home with a smart thermostat, alarm system, smart lighting, smart lock and open, and so on? An efficient home helps you save on the utility bill too.

  1. Add More Space

Adding more usable space to the home can never be wrong. Experienced realtors would tell you that homes are priced and valued based on how much livable space they contain. You can add anything from an extra bathroom to a bedroom, or even a living room.

6 Ways to Increase Your Home Value This Year

  1. Clean and Declutter

Clutter occupies so much space and sucks the brightness out of your home. A thorough clean helps you organize your home, find more space, breathable air, and increase value.

  1. Clean Windows, Check Doors

A dirty window is very distracting and does nothing for your home. Those windows are a magnet for dust and dirt. Clean them often and make them shine. Doors should not be left out either. Install new doors or clean up old ones. In a study carried out by Remodeling magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Study, replacing a garage door usually recoups 97.5% of its cost.

 

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Bathroom Renovation

 

Renovating any part of the home is not an easy feat. It must involve lots of planning to avoid regrettable mistakes. The annoying thing is you can make mistakes whether or not you plan. But you can’t compare the mistakes you make without a plan to those you make with a plan. To help you stay on the safe side with your bathroom renovation here are 7 common mistakes pointed out along with how to avoid them.

  1. Going in without a budget

No matter how much you have, it’s never right to embark on any project without a budget. It only leads to spending too much money and getting little value for it. Before anything begins to visit stores with the images of the kind of materials, space, and other things you need for the renovation to get a decent estimate. Of course, make provision for extra money worth at least 10% of your original budget.

Bathroom Renovation

  1. Choosing the wrong sink or bathtub

We all have that dream tub or sink that we can’t or shouldn’t try to force into our bathrooms. Don’t try this at all. Some people end up with a sink or tub that’s too large, not fitting, and/or not functional for their bathroom space.

  1. Neglecting proper ventilation

The bathroom is always a moist environment and an attraction for microorganisms. Add that to a lack of ventilation to air out space and you have peeling paint, growing mold, an entire country’s worth of microorganisms. Keep your new bathroom safe, clean, and long-lasting by ensuring proper ventilation during the remodeling process. Don’t leave out a reasonably sized window.

  1. Not committing to a theme

A renovating process makes you feel you can have anything, and that is exciting. But you shouldn’t take it so literally. Check your options from images online or in magazines and choose. Choose a theme, choose a look, décor, or idea. It saves stress and hastens your project.

  1. Trying to DIY it

Many homeowners probably believe they can even DIY building a house – they DIY everything else already. A bathroom renovation like many other projects should never be DIY. You need to hire licensed and experienced professionals for the whole project and not some parts. It will save you costs and stress in the long-run. Not to mention professionals have better finishing.

  1. Not planning for that possible contingency

Contingencies almost always occur. They can be mild or pretty serious and without any plan for them, they can greatly influence your project in the wrong way. It’s possible to discover that the upgrades are more serious than predicted. So be prepared to go with a plan B on everything.

  1. Rushing the project

Rushing the bathroom renovation might help your bathroom come together faster. But it also sets you up for other problems. A renovation or remodeling project takes time for the contractors to work through. Don’t rush them into taking shortcuts or using untested methods.

 

 

 

Home Remodeling doesn’t have to involve the full restoration of your area in your house to give you the outcome that you are looking for. It is actually amazing what you can do today to transform the look of your house with just one or two, relatively little, adjustments. This post will offer you all of the suggestions, tricks, and ideas that you have to begin.

After some original use, your kitchen area units may start to shed their original appeal. You may stand out up kitchen cabinetry by using vehicle wax.

Utilize some vehicle wax liberally to a cloth and wash your kitchen cabinets straight down inside a circular action. This may make the cabinets seem like they’re new and sparkling.

The commercially accessible colors for your light fixture tend to be mundane and absence creativity. Purchase some affordable stencils on your community create a shop, and taking advantage of some acrylic paint or dye-based printer ink mat, dab around the styles, moving these to your lamp hue. You could virtually create any layout you can imagine and give more persona to your residence.

Invest some time once a week to dust particles all home components. It only takes a few days for dust to build-up and for contaminants to wreak destruction in your daily life. Whenever you dust your components, you very clear out debris and view for fleas, spiders, and ants.

For any wonderful addition to your property, think about converting two home windows that are close up with each other into a sliding window or french doors. With cup entry doors, you will be allowing the sunshine into the future and also the attractiveness around the world exterior your home. Having the capability to keep an eye out at character although owning your very first mug of coffee can certainly make your time and money rewarding.

Bathroom Remodel

When remodeling a bathroom, avoid overspending. You may make a major impact despite having a tiny price range. Changing your bath towel bars, owners, lighting, and also the toilet mirror will help. Then, include painting as a way to perk up your room. This all can lead to your bathrooms looking brand new and never have to spend lots of cash.

There’s no need for a full washroom transform when you are able to make your washroom more practical and classy by installing new fixtures. Upgrade the shower area by using a far more adjustable shower area go or there are also models that imitate rain! New drain taps, towel racks, case computer hardware or wall mirrors are other powerful selections. Alter out your furnishings and you will enhance your style without busting your financial budget.

When you are performing a washroom upgrade, think about not swapping the bathtub, rather simply have it refinished. If your tub is made from porcelain, you may employ a contractor to upgrade the finish of the aged bathtub, which makes it sparkle like new. Although you may possess a stainless steel or porcelain tile tub, it could be refinished to save some money. Water damage needs to be the only explanation of why you get the cost of changing all the floor tiles.

Not only does full-level redesigning charge a lot of money, but it is also often not essential. With all the information presented in the following paragraphs, hopefully, you sense comfortable you have the abilities required to make a spectacular improvement in the style of your property with just a few simple changes. Have some fun preparation for your upcoming task!

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Regardless of where a contractor is from, it’s imperative for every General Contractor to apply for and get a permit.

What is the reason for these laws? The design is to secure property owners against untrustworthy or dubious contractors. The most important thing is that the permitting procedure is proof of the fundamental competency and get rid of deceptive contractors.

When you see that a General Contractor has a qualifying permit, it’s an indication that the expert is met all requirements to take care of business agreeable to you.

In the event that you need to know the significance of permitting, we recommend that you read through this article. Read on to know more.

Dispute resolution

One of the principal advantages of procuring the administrations of an authorized contractor is that the question determination program of the state will enable you to determine the debate.

The remuneration will be allowed from the assets of the state. In the event that you need to get the most out of this program, you might need to watch that the expert has a substantial permit for the administrations they are putting forth.

Without a legitimate permit, it’s unrealistic to profit by a debate determination.

State Requirements

In each state, there is a permitting board that has particular necessities for expert contractors. The prerequisites in a single state might be not quite the same as the necessities in another state. Additionally, the sort of permit is likewise unique in light of the state.

Licenses for General Contractors

The necessity for permit relies on the part of a specific development venture. A general contractor is an individual who is mindful to manage you i.e. the proprietor of the property.

The expert will work with you, regulate the whole venture, purchases the required material and contracts a few subcontractors.

The subcontractors will answer to the general contractors and not you. Since the permit doesn’t approve any expert to do every single activity in the undertaking, you ought to do your exploration and discover what somebody can do in your state.

Different Licenses

In the larger part of states, uncommon licenses are conceded keeping in mind the end goal to enable the experts to carry out specific occupations.

For this, every competitor needs to demonstrate that he or she is sufficiently able to do work in a zone like pipes, material, and electrical.

In addition, if a GC doesn’t have an exceptional permit to complete a venture, they may go for a subcontractor who is sufficiently qualified to do the work.

Finally, it’s critical that you become acquainted with every part of your venture. At the beginning times, it’s a considerable measure simpler to settle botches.

In any case, on the off chance that they are not settled in time, it might turn into a considerable measure harder and more costly to settle them.

Besides this present, it’s a smart thought to watch out for every specialist with the goal that the task could be finished as quickly as time permits.

Long story short, on the off chance that you have been considering beginning a building venture, we recommend that you enlist a building contractor who is authorized and experienced. Expectations will help.