Sep 27

Home Improvement Makes Sense! How to find the right Contractor

We have all been told some story about some clever fellow who was smart enough to invest when the market was low, and then made a fortune when the market was high.  Well, now may be an excellent time to consider an investment into your home, because just like the wise investor, you too will earn a generous return on your home improvement investment!

The housing market has slowed down all around the country.  The good news is this down-turn has driven the costs associated with home improvement and remodeling to an all time low.

There couldn’t be a better time than now for that home improvement idea you have been contemplating.  How about new carpeting, hardwood flooring, perhaps ceramic tile?  How about new counter tops, cabinets, re-painting, or perhaps a back yard patio, decking, or hot tub.  Imagine a new room addition!

The slower housing market has led to better, more competitive pricing for both labor and materials.  It won’t be long before the housing market returns, and as we have seen before, when it does, home values increase dramatically.  Now is a great time to reinvest into your home with an equitable home improvement project.

What better way is there to take an idea and watch it grow into reality than with Handyman Headquarters?  With the professional licensed Contractors available to you at Handyman Headquarters you can soon see your home improvement dream come true.

But you might be wondering what to look for in a ‘good’ Contractor.  Here are some things to consider.

When you decide its time to get started on your home improvement ideas, you will first need a plan. A good, artistic rendering of your completed idea is a good start. Whether you want a small design modification, or an entire room addition, a solid architectural drawing is a must in order to visualize your idea.  Most Building Contractors have design resources or are designers themselves.  Ask your Contractor if they will provide a good ‘thumb nail’ drawing of your idea, and if they can provide you with a properly completed drawing that has been drawn to scale should you want one.

After you have acquired a drawing (even a simple sketch will do) your Contractor can then begin to make a material selection of needed materials to perform the work.  Have your Contractor show you physical samples of the material they recommend for the work.   Ask for photographs of previous work done by the Contractor.  This is a good way to help you select both your Contractor and the materials you want to employ.

Discuss with your Contractor the various cost options available to you when you select materials, and have the Contractor provide you with a fixed price for the materials (with absolutely no ‘previously unknown’ or ‘surprise’ expenses later!) so you can set your budget right from the start.

Be sure to ask your Contractor about their recent experience with the type of work you are proposing, and be sure to get references to contact about the Contractors previous work.  If possible, go and see first hand some actual jobs the Contractor has done.

Finally, be sure to get your working agreement in writing! Preferably a contract that includes a modest deposit to start the work, specific dates written in for completion of the work, and a payment schedule to the Contractor that makes good sense. Only pay for work that has been completed to your satisfaction!

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