Friday, October 14, 2016

Home Renovation Made Easier with

             Deciding to remodel or add on to your house can be stressful, no matter how big or small the job may be. Even more scary are the horror stories you see on tv shows, like Holmes on Homes, where bad contractors leave people's houses even worse than they were to begin with or just outright rip them off! Home renovation doesn't have to be scary, though, with the proper planning and reputable company for whatever job you're working on.

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            Taking on a home or office renovation project is no small thing. In order for a remodel to come off successfully, a lot of planning is called for, as well as the services of a licensed contractor.

Planning Ahead

            The most important things to consider when remodeling is what your goals are for your dream home, and what kind of budget you can realistically work with. It’s great to dream big, but some remodels (like a redo of the kitchen or the bathroom) are much more involved than others. The kitchen and bathroom both (obviously) involve plumbing, so remodels in those areas will require the services of a general contractor as well as a plumber to take care of the plumbing mechanics and installing the fixtures.

Creating a Detailed Design Scheme

            One of the smartest things you can do when planning a remodel is to get a design scheme down, in detail, in advance. Proceeding with the work without a firm idea of what’s involved can lead to very costly mistakes. Take some time to study some of the many online design resources available to check on color schemes for walls, furniture, fixtures, doors and accent pieces like crown moulding. There are also great resources at paint stores for getting color samples and seeing what combinations will work well in your space. Time spent on advance planning is time well spent, to be sure.

            Once you have a good idea of what you want to achieve in your remodel (with solid ideas about an overall plan and color schemes) you should start looking for contractors. You may be asking, “How do I find general contractors near me?” but the good news is that now there’s an excellent online resource available for finding general contractors in your area, called

            This online site provides detailed listings of local contractors, along with references and a listing of the services they provide. When you’ve found some choices whose experience suits your project, you can give them a call to arrange for a consultation. Generally this type of meeting is free, and serves as a “get-acquainted” meeting that allows you to ask questions of the contractor and tell them your ideas about the scope of your project. Once you’ve decided on the person you want to hire, you can begin planning the project in detail.

            From there, you and the contractor can develop detailed plans to work from once construction begins. The beauty of having a solid plan is that you can make changes before any construction begins.

            Yes, a remodel job is a big task, but with the right contractor, it can flow smoothly and stay on budget, too.

Mixed Bag Mama was compensated monetarily for this post. Regardless, I only post things I think might be useful to my readers.

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