Many people buy a house that is several years old because they like its location, or its general design. There is no need to tear down a perfectly good house and build a new one on the same spot, when a home remodeling firm can make any home look and feel new again.
A home remodeling can consist of such jobs as redoing a kitchen or bathroom, or adding an addition over a garage, or even a sunroom. Experienced construction firms that also specialize in remodeling will be happy to give homeowners estimates on any type of remodeling job they might envisage.
Before a homeowner decides to embark on a remodeling project, there is a great deal of work to be done. Just as the old adage for carpenters is, “Measure twice, cut once,” so the adage for homeowners is “Know what you want done, have done only what you want.” In other words, it can be expensive for the homeowner to change his or her mind halfway through a home remodeling and decide on additional features which would necessitate tearing out part of the remodeling job and redoing it because a “better idea” has occurred.
For this reason, it’s important that anyone who wants home remodeling spend a lot of time thinking about what they want done, and envisaging what any project would look like on its completion.
Once the homeowner has decided that they want to remodel their bathroom, for example, they should spend a couple of weeks at least viewing alternatives – visiting the homes of their friends, stopping in at model homes, or exploring catalogs featuring the latest in bathroom furnishings, to get ideas on what they think will look good.
Once they have a few good ideas of what they want, then it is time to visit a few home remodeling contractors. Homeowners should talk to the contractors and ask them for estimates on how much their project would cost, and what the process would entail. If the homeowner simply doesn’t know what would be best, he or she should be comfortable asking for advice from the contractor.
Homeowners should never choose the first home remodeling contractor they visit. Home remodeling is a competitive business, and it’s important to obtain estimates from three or even four remodelers.
Companies that specialize in home remodeling can be found by going through the Yellow Pages or looking on the internet, but it’s important to do research on each potential company. Information to find out include:
How long has the company been in business?
Will they give references from three or four homeowners who have had the same type of work done?
Is the company licensed by the state, and does it have insurance. Your local state government will have a website which lists which contractors are licensed.
Finally, homeowners should spend some time talking to several people at each contractor’s. Home remodeling can take anywhere from a week to a few months, and it is important that the homeowner like the people who will be doing the work!