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Six Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Home Improvement Project

Bring down your kitchen, your bathroom or your garage with a dream: make your home more elegant or more functional. But you do not want to invest in home improvements that do not offer a long-term benefit.

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Concentrate on the details of the remodeling

The architect you hire must create a detailed plan to scale, including the location of the outlets. You can even use the National Kitchen and Bath Association virtual planning tool to outline exactly what you are looking for.

Set goals and priorities for space, style, storage, features and features so you can respect your budget and avoid waste. A good rule of thumb is to keep spending at less than 15 percent of the market value of your home.

Avoid giving priority to cost over quality when remodeling

You may regret skimping on cheap paints, vinyl floors or plastic pipes, as cheap materials deteriorate faster and reduce the resale value of your home. This can lead to a higher cost for the professionals when solving a fix done by you, instead of having contracted to a good contractor to do it from the beginning.

It is also helpful to consult with interior and lighting designers, kitchen and bathroom planners, and other professionals to help you make decisions that are convenient in the long run. Experts can advise you to avoid products that have a shorter shelf life or have proven deficiencies, such as staining non-polished granite, splashing sinks or wall paint that can not be cleaned. In addition, designers and contractors have discounts for belonging to the activity, so you can let them buy the materials.

Find out if your home equity loans can help you handle some of these costs

Get several remodeling budgets

Once you have set your goals and specifications, get multiple offers. For these to be accurate, you will need to specify the specific type of floor, counter-tops, lights, and fittings you prefer. Browse exhibition halls, loggers and catalogs, and consult with friends and neighbors, to build your wish list. Then, set out your expectations by creating a list of your selection of materials and products (including models, sizes and colors) in your contract, which must dis-aggregate materials and labor.

When choosing a contractor or designer, rely not only on word of mouth recommendations but also at your local Better Business Bureau. Communicate with multiple people and organizations and check the speed to respond to your calls, emails and text messages. This can be an indicator of how attentive the contractor will be once you start working on your project. Ask to speak with previous clients to know more about the quality of their work. In addition, he would like to know whether the specified materials were used, whether the deadlines were met and whether the conflicts that arose were resolved in a timely and appropriate manner. Potential contractors must have commercial liability insurance and offer compensation to any subcontractor

Get the remodeling permits required by the city

Getting the necessary permits, such as electricity, plumbing and construction, can avoid the existence of conflicts with neighbors and obstacles when selling your home or update the coverage of your homeowners insurance. You may need a building permit if you plan to demolish a support wall, change the covered area of your home, place a container on a public street, affect the sewer, build an aggregate, or make other significant changes. If you hesitate if a permit is required, you should consult local government authorities before moving on, rather than receiving a subpoena after the work is paid and paid.

Prepare to Receive Surprises When Remodeling Starts

It is a good idea to add an additional 20 percent to the estimated costs of renewing your budget to cover unexpected emergencies. This can avoid shortage of money before finalizing the project in case of an unforeseen problem, such as the appearance of wood damaged by fungus or defective wiring. Buying equipment and materials in the local market is a recommended tactic to reduce the risk of project delays.

Control the progress of remodeling

You want to solve problems before they appear with a best counselor, so take the time to control the computer while you work. Pay attention as the project progresses: Are the floors warped? Are the sides of the cabinets uneven? Are there cracks in the window latches? Or do the walls have lumps? If you notice that something is not as it should be, do not be afraid to discuss it and know that it is preferable to do it before it is too late.

The agreement with your contractor should include materials and labor; However, it is also advisable to read agreements between the contractor and other specialists or subcontractors, such as plumbers, not to be surprised by additional costs. Never pay more than 30 percent of the total costs (to cover the materials), and reserve at least one-third of the payment until the remodeling is complete.

With all of these covered details, get ready, relax, and enjoy the rewards of your remodeling.

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