Are you planning on doing some upgrades to your current home or a home you just purchased? Here are ten tips and tricks to improve the chances you’ll be delighted when you move back in.
Resale. Even if you’re planning to stay in the home, think of the next owner. Making sure your upgrades add resale value will give you all the options. Think kitchen upgrades, opening up spaces, adding a deck, installing hardwood floors, and upgrading windows.
Planning. Spend plenty of time planning what you want. Go to IKEA to look at storage options and spaces and go online to Houzz to look at ideas. Get your planner or contractor to show you exactly what the upgrades will look like in 3D. You don’t want to get to the end of the work and say, “Ah, I wish I had… “
Contractor. Pick carefully and get three bids. Talk to their clients and tour their work. Ask for their insurance certificate.
Contract. Get a detailed contract and go through it with a fine-tooth comb. A general idea of the work and a handshake won’t do it unless you don’t care what you end up with.
Plan for a few surprises. Surprises are inevitable, but they should be minimal if you did your planning. Set some extra money aside for them – 10% of your remodel budget. If you don’t need to use it, great.
Don’t buy your own materials. If you think you’re going to save money by specifying and buying your own materials, you may be sorry. Contractors don’t like the practice, and they are better at choosing and negotiating than homeowners. Don’t worry; they will allow you to make all the choices but let them handle the transactions and the warranty.
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Remodeling the bathroom is a great way to add value to your home, as well increase your enjoyment of one of the most used rooms in your house. If you are like most homeowners, the thought of remodeling the bathroom can be a little overwhelming.
The first thing you must do when thinking about a bathroom remodel is to plan it out. It sounds simple but you would be surprised how many people do not do this important step first in their bathroom remodeling project. A little planning at the beginning can save a lot of headaches and money later on.
A lot of people get caught up in the cosmetic features of a bathroom remodel, forgetting the need to look at some potential underlying problems that may need to be addressed. When they get into the project they find out a few thousand additional dollars will need to be spent fixing something they could have caught in the beginning if they had just spent a little more time in the preparation stage.
Do a detailed inspection of your bathroom. Are the fixtures old and/or energy efficiency? Look at the room from every possible angle, keeping an eye out for leaks and water stains, deterioration and mold. Think about any moisture problems or air quality issues that may require attention.
As you begin the process of planning and thinking about the bathroom remodel, take the time to build a budget, time frame and think realistically about how much you are willing to spend. Bathroom renovations can become very complicated and add up quickly. If the bathroom remodel gets prolonged do to an oversight or unforeseen problem consider how a prolonged expensive disruption to your home.
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With Mosaic Bath Tile remodeling you can easily redecorate your home by using the same techniques and style used by the Greeks and the Romans. These nature-made panels are so versatile that they can easily stimulate your creativeness providing you countless remodeling ideas and opportunities. Searching for new ideas that will help you on transforming your home contemporary and luxurious? Read this article.
What is Mosaic Bath Tile redecoration anyway? Well, it is made of a set of similar looking naturally polished stones carefully sorted and then mounted onto a seamless mesh backed tile. South East Asia and especially Indonesia are known for the large variety of colorful and designed seashore stones that are used for these natural tiles. You can easily tile anywhere in the inside and in the outside: Bathroom and kitchen walls, flooring, shower bases and backsplashes, patios, wine cellars, pools, and fireplaces.
Undoubtedly most of us can find it useful and easy in order to remodel our home:
* Provides unique atmosphere and contemporary look and feel to any surface.
* Can be used for virtually unlimited applications at home, in the office, in restaurants, hotels, etc.
* Impervious to water and other liquids.
* Using grout should be handled carefully so it is recommended to grout a small area at a time.
* Epoxy based grouts are considered stronger than conventional grout, however take in mind that they are less forgiving to the ignorant installer.
* In order to ensure an even color layout of the tiles, sort them before installation.
There are plenty other great advantages provided by this quick solution simply because once you explore and understand how it works, you quickly find endless redesigning opportunities that could fit any space at home.
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An attic remodel is a great way to create a room without the expense of a roof, exterior walls or a foundation. Popular attic uses are a bedroom, office, children’s area, playroom and living space.
Before you start, however, you need to work out if your attic is suitable for converting and create a plan. Make sure the flooring or joists are strong enough for you to stand on for your inspection.
Ceiling – can you stand up, or do you bump into the ceiling? Building codes require ceilings to be a particular height (typically 7 feet 6 inches over at least half of the available floor space). You need to be able to stand up straight without crouching in the room. There are ways to deal with a low ceiling. If the ceiling height is too low and there are trusses, you may only be able to use the attic for storage, rather than a room.
Floor – the attic floor is the ceiling of the room underneath. Ceiling joists need to be strong enough for you to move around the attic and to hold furniture.
Access – how will you get in and out? If you plan to use the attic as regular living space, you will want a strong, fixed stairway. Folding or drop-down stairs may be okay, but you need to consider how often the room will be accessed.
Lighting – do you want some natural light, or will it all be artificial. Without natural light, the room can be dark and dingy. Skylights and wiring may be necessary to provide lighting.
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It’s hard to find good help these days and I’ve heard that my whole life. I wonder if there will actually be a day where we can find good help and we won’t ever need to use that phrase ever again. I would like to offer my help as an experienced bathroom remodeling contractor to homeowners and give you a few tips and strategies for hiring good bathroom remodeling contractors.
1. Don’t ever higher the cheapest bathroom remodeling contractor. You should always get at least three bids for any remodeling project and that’s a must. If someone recommends a friend or another contractor to you, you should still get a couple more bids to make sure that you’re not going to be overcharged.
2. Compare each estimate and make sure that each remodeling contractor has enough information in their contracts so that you can actually compare each contract effectively. If there isn’t enough information in one contract, explain your situation to the contractor so that they can provide you with more information. This is going to be very important, especially if you’re planning on making a good decision on which contractor to hire.
3. Check to make sure that your bathroom remodel contractor is actually licensed if your state requires one. This is where you could get into big trouble, hiring a friend or someone else that isn’t licensed or doesn’t know what they’re doing. Be careful hiring unlicensed contractors, especially bathroom remodeling contractors.
4. Make sure that you get along with your bathroom remodeling contractor. If they rub you the wrong way or can’t answer some of your questions, you should think twice before hiring them. I can’t stress this enough and this is one of the most important things to me. If I can’t get along with someone, … Continue Reading