7 Ways to Prepare for Home Improvement.
Just a foreword before we start, this is not meant to scare you out of renovating or doing home improvement. This is a way for you to prepare for the worst so that you will not be caught off guard and will know how to handle the situation.
- Save Money
Before you even think about renovating you have to be prepared for the cost of it all. Some simple renovations may just cost a few thousand, but when you’re talking an entire kitchen or even the entire house you’re talking about 30-500k worth of renovations. Some people don’t even make the low end of that in a year.
- Have an Idea of what you want
Do you just want to remake your bathroom? Kitchen? Dining room? The whole shebang? Do you know a colour scheme and style you’d like to have? If you’ve got all this you can save about half the time it will take to design.
- Know the difference in materials
Some contractors may be out to make some extra money without the extra effort and overcharge for materials or charge you for a certain material but give you an inferior version of it. A good example of this is countertops, you may think that you’re getting solid slab granite or marble but in reality, it’s Corian or another synthetic stone. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference, but the pricing between them is enough to turn a profit.
Another material that contractors can find cheaper substitutes for is wood. There are times that you think that you’re getting solid wood only to later discover that they used particle board or plywood. This is done by covering the areas with wood veneer sheets to make it appear as if it is actually solid wood or a completely different wood than what it actually is.
- Don’t get in over your head
You started with a budget. Stick to it. Budgets are there for a reason. If you find your project going over your original budget you may have to cut back on the 24k gold trim before it drags you slowly into bankruptcy.
- Don’t let yourself get talked into things you don’t want or need
Sometimes a contractor will try to get a bigger pay check by suggesting you do things that you didn’t really want or need.
If your original idea was to have a simple counter done in your kitchen, don’t let them talking you into a granite slab island with a range best suited for the next Iron Chef or Gordon Ramsey. Would it be nice to have? If you cook, then yes, on the other hand if your idea of cooking is popping a frozen meal into the microwave, then no.
No matter how professional and experienced the contractor may be, stuff happens sometimes and people get sued. Make sure that you have insurance and that your contractors are insured. This is just to insure in case anything happens to them or your home that you are covered and don’t have to worry so much about them becoming the new owner of your home after the lawsuit.
- Do your research
This is the age of everything being on the internet. You can find the price of just about everything and a review on just about every company. If you want to know if you can trust the contractor’s work, just look them up and see how other’s experience was with them. Sometimes you cannot just base everything off of the sign board at the minimart. But be careful as with most consumer goods, things can be faked into scamming you, such as websites, reviews, pictures, and promises.