Archive for June, 2012

A Bathroom Remodel and Home Improvements

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

When considering a bathroom remodel for your home, the most commonly asked questions are about features, material options and the type of contractor. Although bathroom remodels tend to be one of the pricier improvements that one can make to their home, the return value is sure worth it. One of the most obvious reasons is that people spend a lot of time within their bathrooms. Let’s take a look at some features that you may consider with a bathroom remodel.

Features:

When you are considering a bathroom remodel several features can come into mind; from new flooring, new vanities, the styles of the faucets and knobs, sinks, having a separate tub and shower, even having separate vanity spaces for couples. One of the best ways to take a look at a features list is to ask your contractor for their portfolio. It will help give you some ideas about features you may not have known about. The internet is also always a good resource.

Material options:

From granite or marble, to stone or cesar stone, each has their own particular appeal. Depending on the budget, the color options you want, and the distinct style you are going for with your home, certain material options will look better than others. Pairing the right materials and color coordinating is critical. The contractor that you go with should have an eye for design to assist you in the process.

Contractors:

When having any bathroom remodeling work performed, no matter how major or minor, hiring the right professional contractor (licensed and certified) is not only essential for a good project but more importantly piece of mind. After all, this is your home we are talking about.

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Choosing the Right Contractor

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A general contractor basically is the one who is responsible for a construction projects day-to-day oversight, management of trades and vendors. General contractors are hired by a client like you to gain advice on home improvement. General contractors are also responsible to provide all the material, equipment, labor, and services that are necessary for your residential or commercial improvement project. Since there are plenty of General Contractors to choose from, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. Not everyone knows what to look for when choosing the right contractor, fortunately some of these simple yet effective tips below will help you when choosing one.

Tip #1: Trust First Hand Experience

A great way to obtain the right general contractor is by receiving referrals from friends, family, co-workers, and also neighbors. There is a huge possibility that you may know someone who has hired a good contractor before, so don’t be shy to ask the people you know of what they thought of the contractor they used. Once you have their opinions, see if there is any information about your contractor online. Facebook or a review website such as Yelp! can be a great resource to conduct research.

Tip #2: Watch Out

A general contractor that doesn’t return your calls within 3 days after you meet isn’t worth hiring; anyone that claims that they are too busy won’t provide you with the necessary attention. Do not fall for unnecessary pressure from contractors offering you discounts of some sort. Anyone urging you to sign up here and now in order to get a deal is clearly attempting to hide something. Most importantly, while getting quotes and shopping around, be certain that your general contractor has the proper licensing and professionalism. There are plenty of people who say that they are contractors but aren’t actually licensed.

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