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...
8 Tips To Remodel Your Commercial Space

8 Tips To Remodel Your Commercial Space

In many ways today’s economy creates a “buyer’s market” for employers. However, even employees who need work can be choosy about which jobs they apply for and accept….and their level of loyalty may not be what it was in days past. One easy way to remedy this and improve both retention rates and hiring success is to consider a commercial remodel for your office space. In this post, learn 8 key ways to remodel your commercial space for improved employee morale, productivity and profitability.   How a Remodel Now Saves You Money Later One reason many employers hold off on much needed renovations to their commercial space is because of budget. But a remodel can pay off in other ways – for instance, when employees are happier in their workspace, their performance improves, the number of sick days declines and overall profitability goes up. A remodel can also result in lower overhead costs, especially for energy, since remodeling offers you the opportunity to switch to energy-saving fixtures, bulbs and appliances. And a remodel can pinpoint any minor brewing issues before they turn into major repairs – another way to save.   Remodel Tip #1: Add live indoor greenery Adding low maintenance indoor greenery, including decorative plants and trees, can not only brighten up your commercial space, but it will also improve the air quality in each room where there are plants. In the 1980’s, NASA proved that indoor greenery provided better air quality in the space station. Now, employers are using this data to improve workspace air quality as well!   Remodel Tip #2: Change up those tired old...
The Process of Successfully Remodeling Your  Kitchen

The Process of Successfully Remodeling Your Kitchen

Committing to a complete kitchen remodeling is a big one. It requires you to carefully plan out your design while sticking to a set budget that commonly runs beyond $10,000. Like any remodeling, the specific materials will determine most of the cost, but labor is still something to factor in as well. While some jobs might be safe for homeowners to complete, others are complicated procedures that require a professional touch.   Finding a Contractor Most homeowners find the hardest part of the job is finding a reliable contractor. Everyone has heard the tales of someone who took the money and ran, tore apart the kitchen and disappeared, or offered an extremely low and inaccurate estimate. As long as you’re vigilant and thorough — and get all agreements in writing — you’ll have little worries selecting your next contractor.   With that in mind, remember three core rules: Check the last job: A contractor is worth his or her last job. Often, they may land a job based on a reputation, but it’s easy for circumstances to change. If there are new laborers or subcontractors, quality can make a drastic change from what history shows.   What you see is what you get: If possible, look at a job the contractor is actively working on. You’ll see how committed he or she is to keeping the home safe and clean.   The best are busy: Unfortunately, the best are often the busiest; time your project around your dream contractor. Be sure to speak directly with references, asking about timely work habits, accuracy of estimates, whether he or she made...
Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Commercial Space

Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Commercial Space

Oftentimes, remodeling is necessary in order to get a commercial space to satisfy the needs of a business. This is especially true if the commercial space is newly bought, or if you just started renting the commercial space. Remodeling a retail space always requires quite a bit of time and money on a business owner’s part, especially if said business owner opts to invest in quality materials and equipment. If you take the time to do a quality renovation of the commercial space, not only will your business likely receive more customers and clients, but you may also spark interest from more job candidates.   Fortunately, as long as you know what you’re doing, remodeling a commercial space isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Here are a few things you should consider when remodeling your commercial space.   Choosing a Team If you want your remodeling project to go well, it is vital that you do a careful job of picking your team.   First and foremost, you want to find contractors who are both reputable and reliable. They must be able to meet deadlines. You want the renovation to be complete as quickly as possible, so that your business can return to its normal functions. Therefore, you should refer to contractor associations, your interior designer, architect referrals, subcontractors and family and friend referrals. You can also visit review websites such as Angie’s List or Yelp to read client reviews on various contractors and businesses.   Before you hire a contractor, you should also ensure that he or she is bonded, licensed, and insured. If you suspect that...