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You’ve decided to embark on your next remodeling project or construction of your new home.   You’ve collected 3 (or more) bids from contractors.  Now you must decide which contractor to choose.  It is best to not let price dictate your decision.  Of course, price is a factor, but there are many other factors to consider.

When remodeling or building a home, you must remember that a very personal relationship will begin to develop.  This person is going to be in your home nearly every day.  Given the size of your project it could be for months.  You might want to ask yourself does this persons seem like someone you would like to work with.   Do your personalities mesh well?  It’s no fun trying to convey your thoughts and ideas to someone who is unwilling to listen or whose ego continues to get in the way.

Another thing to consider is how sustainable is this company?  Contractors seem to “pop up” from time to time only to disappear later.  They may tell you they have been in the industry for some time, but what he may not be telling you is he’s only been in business for a short time.  When reviewing your bids, do your best to determine if you think this contractor is going to be around in the next couple years should you need to call him back for warranty work, to ask questions, or for another project.

One factor that is often overlooked is the level of support given throughout the process.  Most contractors have more than one project going on at any given time. Will your project get the attention you want throughout the process?   Does the company have an office staff?  During the estimating phase, how responsive was the company to you?

And finally, what is their reputation?  The best way to get a sense of any company / contractor you want to work with will be through referrals.  If the contractor didn’t come to you through a referral, then ask for some.  If the contractor cannot quickly send you them to you, you may want to reconsider using him.  Most people will be willing to share their opinions.  If you have the above questions in mind when speaking with referrals, this may narrow down your choices for the right contractor.

Should You Build or Remodel?

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So you love your home.  You’ve lived in it for years and have great memories.  However, it doesn’t seem to fit your lifestyle any more.  It could be that you’re family has grown, another child has come along or even a parent has now moved in.  It could be that those stairs up to the bedrooms seem to be getting a bit more difficult to climb.  So now comes the question:  Do you remodel or build?   Here are a few things to consider:

How satisfied are you with your current home and / or location?  If you are happy with the location of your home, love the yard, or even happy with the general lay-out of your home, remodeling may be a better fit for you.  A well designed and planned out renovation maybe all you need to fall in love with your home again.

Next is to know what the return on your investment will be.   Even if you have no plans of selling, you (or your family) will sell someday.  Try to add amenities to your home that will maximize your return.  Your contractor or real estate agent can help you with this.  Adding a master suite to the first level, adding a laundry room near the bedrooms, or having a well-designed up-to-date kitchen or bathroom are good examples of renovations that are highly sought after.  Additions and remodeling are among the costliest home projects so doing a little research on your investment return will benefit you later on.

If the return is not worth the cost of the remodel, then building a new home may be the right choice for you.  Building a home has it’s pro’s and con’s as well.  A less expensive alternative to remodeling in terms of square footage costs, but moving can always be stressful.  The benefit of building a new home is you can design it to fit you and your family’s needs and desires.

Deciding whether to build or remodel isn’t always an easy decision.  Both roads traveled can seem daunting.  In our next blog we will discuss the process to get started in your home building or remodeling journey.

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You’ve decided to embark on your next remodeling project or construction of your new home.   You’ve collected 3 (or more) bids from contractors.  Now you must decide which contractor to choose.  It is best to not let price dictate your decision.  Of course, price is a factor, but there are many other factors to consider. […]

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So you love your home.  You’ve lived in it for years and have great memories.  However, it doesn’t seem to fit your lifestyle any more.  It could be that you’re family has grown, another child has come along or even a parent has now moved in.  It could be that those stairs up to the […]