It doesn’t need to cost a fortune to maintain your home. Below are home improvement tips that will keep your home in great shape for years to come.
- Take care of your home. Regular maintenance is a great method to extend the life of your residence and appliances, reducing the amount you’ll have to pay a specialist for repair or replacement. Monitor warranty durations so that you don’t miss out on free fixes.
- Do your homework when you’re considering having home improvement or renovation done. Get an idea of procedures and approximate costs in your location. (Nevertheless, stay open to input from a knowledgeable contractor also.) Find out whether authorizations and assessments will be essential for the task you want.
- Check with your insurance coverage provider prior to working with a specialist, for two reasons. Initially, if you’re having repair done which will be paid for under your homeowner’s policy, your insurance company might require you to use one of their authorized specialists. Second, despite the fact that your contractor must have building and construction insurance coverage and workmen’s compensation, you yourself may require extra coverage while the building work is going on.
- Be specific about what you want when you request an estimate– not simply “some house painting” but “walls and ceilings of a 2000 square foot home, utilizing no-VOC paint,” for instance. Do not expect to get a precise figure on the phone — an excellent professional will put thought and effort into preparing a quote.
- Get quotes from 3 or 4 various contractors for comparison purposes. Do not leap at the lowest cost– or the highest one, for that matter. Instead, try to find signs of a credible contractor, like up-to-date licensing and insurance coverage, excellent references from satisfied clients, or a reference from your regional Chamber of Commerce, and a willingness to discuss how she or he will tackle your job.
- Do not accept a lump amount bid for a medium- to large-size task. Look beyond the bottom line on a quote, reading through all the information so you understand precisely what’s consisted of. Don’t depend on what you and the professional agreed on verbally. Remember, if it’s not written down, it’s not part of the services you’re contracting for.
- See if there’s any room to negotiate the rate. You may be able to cut the expense by doing some of the work yourself (such as eliminating your old floor covering and carrying it away for recycling), leaving the specialist tasks to the professional. Do not anticipate to cut a deal on the expense after all the supplies have been purchased and the work is done.
- Be clear about how you are going to pay for the work … and we’re not simply talking charge card versus individual check. Make sure you have the funds lined up and easily available.
- Prepare yourself for the periodic cost overrun. The typical suggestion is to enable an extra 10-20 percent above the task’s estimated expense, in case of unanticipated costs. (For instance, you might have a crew in to retile your bathroom and discover that the wall underneath is rotten, needing major repair work.).
- Check out all the details of the agreement you sign for the work to make sure that no crucial information is missed (like the exact color of the paint you want, for example). And a point worth duplicating: if it’s not documented, it’s not part of the services you’re contracting for.
- Get ready. Move big pieces of furnishings out of the way (unless that is the professional’s job according to your written agreement), stash breakables, and put away valuables.
- Pay on time. Adhere to the payment schedule drawn up in your contract to prevent possible legal hassles and fines.
- Select one home member as the go-to guy, easily available personally or by phone to authorize– or veto– unanticipated additional costs. Life happens and sometimes part of your plan needs to be rethought quickly. Get the amount in writing, however.
Now that you have a basic idea of what to expect, it is time to give Square One Home Improvement a call and schedule a time to come out to your home and go over your home improvement project.
Square One Home Improvement
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577