Remodeling is about the third largest purchase most Americans make in their lives behind buying a home or a car. Of course the simple answer most people come up with when we talk to them about budget is, "As cheap as I can get it for." but we all know that you get what you pay for. There is a very high cost of going cheap. You have to weigh several factors like resale value, how long you'll be living in your home, financing options and what your financial limits are. If you were to go shopping for a house or a car, you'd know approximately what you would feel comfortable spending, and what would put too much stress on your budget. The same goes for remodeling. Having a realistic budget in mind can help eliminating sticker shock down the line. Read more on budgeting.
There are countless design concepts, materials and techniques that make your project absolutely unique. We are happy to present you with samples of these products, however we find that most people prefer to browse for ideas at their leisure before the initial meeting with a potential contractor. This enables us to bring a more focused sampling of various products, brochures and we can get you pricing information more quickly. We have provided many links on this website to many of the suppliers we currently work with. These suppliers offer very high quality at competitive prices, and we can vouch for their performance in the field. Read more on Ideas.
While the DIY movement is going strong thanks to big-box retailers, it has also had some unintended consequences. It's the retailer's job to make everything look easy so that they can sell you materials, tools and books, but the reality is that truly quality work in the trades comes from years of guidance from a master to an apprentice. Like any profession, there's only so much an amateur can do without compromising quality, safety or even one's own sanity. Countless projects across the country get started, but often don't get finished because people hit a wall. Either they lose their motivation to work for hours after working hard at their jobs all day, or they run into a problem in which they simply do not have the practice required to have the appropriate skill level. We've finished many DIY "starts" that never got finished when people bit off more than they could chew.
True professionals love their job, are knowledgeable of important quality and safety aspects, and they get the job done within a reasonable time frame. They also can offer lots of insight and advice from their years of experience. But how do you know you can trust the person you let in your home to tell you the truth and offer a reasonable price? First off, you need to do your homework and ask if they can offer a license and insurance information. Also you should ask to see online reviews or references and photos of their work. Still, when it comes down to it, you have to go with your gut instinct. Are they only telling you what sounds good and what you want to hear, or are they being honest with you about the reality of your goals and your project? Remember, use your own judgment, and if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Remodeling a home is a big decision, so don't make a decision you'll regret and find out what to look for in a remodeler.