BBB: How to make your next home improvement project successful News
Whether you’re remodeling your home, making the necessary repairs, or sprucing things up to put your home on the market, the following tips will help make your next home improvement project a success. .
Develop a budget and stick to it. Home improvement projects can get expensive, fast. If you don’t want to break the bank, create a realistic budget to find out how much you can spend ahead of time. Be upfront with the contractors you hire about how much you can spend on a project also.
Think about the pros and cons of DIY projects. If time and motivation are no problem for you, you can tackle some basic home improvement projects on your own, but other projects may require more knowledge. If you don’t have a background in construction, it’s usually best to hire a contractor to help with larger projects, such as plumbing, tiling, tree removal, exterior painting, and general renovations.
Give high priority to projects that keep your home clean and safe. If your home needs repairs, take care of those projects first. For example, fix a leaky roof before you give the walls of your house a fresh coat of paint. In addition, don’t forget to stay on top of regular house maintenance activities to maximize the cleanliness and safety of your home.
Increase the value of your home through a bathroom or kitchen remodel. Rearranging your bathroom or kitchen can completely change the look and feel of your home, creating a space you enjoy entering – not to mention it can add a little value to your home. For large size repairs, get a contractor who specializes in construction and repair services.
Improve energy efficiency. Save money (and the environment) by improving the energy efficiency of your home. Energy saving projects that are worth taking will include checking and replacing seals on all windows and ducts in your home, or installing new windows.
Get lots of quotes from contractors. When you are ready to start your home improvement project, be sure to get plenty of quotes from many different companies. Don’t be forced to take the first person you talk to. Comparing pricing and services is a critical step in choosing a a skilled contractor you can trust.
Proper medical contractors before you hire. Even if the price is right, don’t hire a contractor before researching. Check them out or get a list of trusted contractors to BBB.org. Ask the contractor to provide references. Pay attention to any reviews or complaints from previous customers. Remember, complaints are normal in the construction industry so pay attention to how the company handles the complaint. Prove that the contractor is licensed and insured and get an estimate and contract in writing. Read the contracts carefully before you sign them.
Do not cheat. Stay alert to any suspicious behavior on the part of “home improvement specialists.” Red flags include not putting things in writing, asking for down payment, unexpected price changes, high -pressure sales tactics, unsolicited free inspections (which usually reflect the need for an urgent settlement), and deals only in cash.
You can always search BBB.org for more tips or to find a reputable roofs, painter, plumbers, at lawn maintenance experts in your area.
Kelvin Collins is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor, serving 77 counties in East Alabama, West Georgia, Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, East Georgia and Western South Carolina. This tip column is provided by the local BBB and the International Association of Better Business Bureaus (IABBB). The Better Business Bureau sets standards for ethical business conduct, monitors compliance and helps consumers identify reliable businesses. Questions or complaints about a specific company or charity should be referred directly to the BBB at Phone: 1-800-763-4222, Website: BBB.org o Email: [email protected]