As remodeling projects surge, there is a huge demand for home improvement and remodeling contractors. But not all projects meet their logical conclusion. There are many horror stories about remodeling projects gone wrong. Here are a few things that you ought to know before you embark on a home improvement project:
– Hiring a Contractor: A general contractor is one who ensures that an architect’s plans are carried out flawlessly. He/she arranges for the materials required for the job, the skilled/unskilled workmen, and also taking care of other minor issues like contracting insurance etc. He charges a fixed price-usually 15-25 per cent above the cost of materials and labor. However, this would largely depend on the nature and the complexity of the job. You can save on these costs by acting as a general contractor for your project. But this isn’t a job for the faint-hearted. There are a hundred things to be taken care of, and a hundred worries to address. More often than not, it becomes very difficult to hire an architect who agrees to work with you.
– Before you hire the contractor, make sure you speak to the references and are convinced about the quality of their work. Friends and family members can also help you with references. You can also choose to hire them through online reference sites like Angie’s List.
– Decide on the work on that you want to carry on. Would you like to carry on an exterior, or an interior work? If finances are an issue, consider only the exteriors. It may take anywhere from three months to more than a year to complete the project.
– Finance is a concern, but don’t cut a corner just to save money. People often end up ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ when they buy cheap and unwarranted things. You often end up spending more money than you would have saved, had you gone ahead with the costs. But yes, quality products can be recycled to be used again. Paint and tiles are among the list of things where it isn’t prudent to cut costs. The same goes for employing professionals. Jobs like electric wiring and plumbing aren’t meant for every DIY enthusiast. It’s best to go for professionals with the best qualifications.