How to Hire a Reliable Remodeler

How to Hire a Reliable Remodeler

A home remodeling project can be an exciting yet frightening time. We’ve all heard complete horror stories about contractors who didn’t finish the job, robbed the homeowner of thousands of dollars or projects that ended up costing way more than the contractor estimated.   Hiring a remodeling contractor doesn’t have to be a horror story if you plan before you start your search and carefully research and interview contractors before settling on the one who will complete your job.   Know What You Want Before researching contractors, know what you want done to your home. You don’t want the contractor to influence your choices based on their own set of ideas. Research the material choices that would be best for your space, and know the costs. An informed homeowner will have an easier time spotting a contractor who might try to inflate the price.   Recommendations from Friends and Family The best recommendations will come from people you trust. If you have family or friends who have had remodeling done recently, ask them who they used and whether that person was reliable. On the other hand, do not pick a contractor for your home remodel who did tiling for your sister. You want someone experienced with your type of remodel.   References and Online Reviews It can be tough to find honest online reviews, but you can look online to get an idea of the type of reviews being left. Don’t let that be your only research. Check with the Better Business Bureau too. You can also check court records to see if the contractor or company has been...
How To Remodel Your Bathroom On a Budget

How To Remodel Your Bathroom On a Budget

It is somewhat of an urban myth today that you need a big fancy budget to remodel your bathroom so it is more to your taste. In fact, even famous designers will tell you that sometimes it is the little things you change that make the biggest impact! Some of these smaller fixes, changes or additions don’t cost much at all, other than your time and a bit of spit and good old human ingenuity. In this post, you can learn some neat ways to remodel your bathroom even if you are on a tight budget.   Tip #1: Give it a fresh coat of paint The first thing you want to do here is take everything movable out of your bathroom and give it a good cleaning. This will open up the space so you can take a look and evaluate what works and what doesn’t. This is also the best time to brighten up your walls and ceiling with a fresh coat of paint. The paint color you choose can totally transform even the smallest bathroom space. As well, lighter colors tend to make the space look bigger than it is.   Tip #2: Use your lights and mirrors creatively You have probably had the experience of walking in front of a mirror and stopping to do a double take – because that mirror makes you look so different! Who knows why – it might be the placement, the lighting, all of the above – but the mirror definitely makes an impact. In the same way, simply adding an accent light or two and a reflecting mirror...