Take the time to plan your project, form the scope of the work you want done to the specifics of the types of materials you want to use. Some homeowners associations restrict what materials can be used on the exterior of the house, or whether you can change the facade or footprint of the structure, not to mention your roof and what materials you can use. So before you embark on your next home improvement project, know your bylaws from your neighborhood association and any zoning restrictions.
Whether your project is upgrading your kitchen lighting or refinishing the basement, or installing new flooring, choosing the contractor is your next step. Whether you are speaking with a painter, electrician, plumber or a handyman, ask for references. Ask about licensing, which is required for new construction and home improvement, and some of the trades, such as electrician, plumbing, HVAC, and architects. And don’t forget to ask about insurance.
If you are renovating an older building, be sure to ask what experience they have with restoration. The scope of work is quite different between working on houses built in the last 20 years and the older homes in many of the older neighborhoods.
With the rising cost of energy and global warming, it is all our interests to make our homes more energy efficient. It can be something as simple adding insulation or upgrading your HVAC. When purchasing new appliances make sure they are Energy Star rated.
There are the odd jobs that always need to be done around the house, cleaning out your garage, steam cleaning your carpets, window & gutter cleaning, power washing your deck, or who do you call if your basement is flooded and you need to have it cleaned out.
Your home is need of a fresh coat of paint and you need a good reliable painter to paint the interior as well as the exterior of your home, you will need a painting contractor to be able to take care of painting needs, the problem is you want change and you just don’t know where to go for help in selecting your color palette.
Finding the person or company that you feel comfortable having in your home around your family is priceless. Nothing more valuable than having the resources to get the job done right the first time whether it is small or large.
Article written in conjuction with www.trinityliving.co.uk.