When you’re prepping for a home renovation, there are a lot of things to think about. Figuring out your main goals for the space overall will help you tailor your plans as you go. Be sure to enlist the help and advice of experts to ensure you’re going to make positive changes to your home.
Figuring out your color scheme in your new space is always fun. One of the best places to start when determining your color scheme is with the overall feel of the room—are you wanting calming colors? Or bright cheery colors? Mainly wood tones and an industrial feel?
Asking yourself these questions will help you determine the foundational colors of the space. Then as you think about all the details, you might find yourself adding pops of color that don’t initially seem to fit with the color scheme but actually add depth to the room.
Picking your materials for your specific renovation project is often one of the most important but also most fun parts of the renovation process. As you think about your renovations do your research to figure out what kind of look you are going for overall. Depending on that desire, you’ll be able to get a rough idea of the types of materials you may be looking at.
This is especially important for kitchen renovations where the materials are not only important for their looks but also for their function. When redoing countertops, quartz and granite both offer great features.
Another fun aspect of any renovation project is the end layout of the space you are changing up. Sometimes the decision of where everything will be in the finished room is pretty easy—maybe your original room had good bones but was simply outdated. Other times, your renovation might involve making two rooms out of one or adding a new built-in desk space to your kitchen area.
As you think about your layout, make sure you think carefully about functionality. You might initially be set on kitchen cabinets with glass windows—but will you need that space as storage rather than as decoration?
As you figure out where you want to take your renovation, make sure you think through your non-negotiables. If you know the things you have to have in your new bathroom or kitchen, you can center the renovation around those things. Then, even if you have to change the plan a bit as the renovation progresses, you’ll still be satisfied with the finished product.
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Hiring a contractor can be tricky business. You want someone that will provide quality work in a timely fashion at a reasonable price. You don’t want to end up with someone that cuts corners to save themselves time and money. This could end up being dangerous for you depending on what they are working on. To make sure that you’re working with a reliable contractor, use the following three tips.
Whenever you hire a contractor you should have a contract. If the contractor doesn’t want to sign a contract, don’t hire them. Do not sign a contract unless you have read it. A good contractor will take the initiative to go through the contract with you and explain it to you. The contract should be clear in language and fair. It should stipulate the quality work that is expected, and the consequences if either party fails to uphold their side of the bargain. You should be provided with a copy of the contract for your own records.
They Know How to Stay Safe
A good and reliable contractor is also a safe contractor. Following safe practices shows that the contractor is experienced enough to know why those practices are important. You should ask them about how they plan to complete the project in a safe manner. Ask them about PPE. In many industries, PPE is key in workplaces. For contractors, PPE will often include hardhats, gloves, steel toed boots, dust masks, eye protection, etc. If you see your contractor acting in a manner that is risky or unsafe you should dismiss them and hire a new one.
One of the great benefits of the internet is online reviews. Now you can go see what other people experienced when working with the contractor that you are considering. It’s important to realize that everyone is going to have a few bad reviews, but there are some things you should look out for. If you see the same problem mentioned frequently, that’s a red flag. Other red flags include accusations of shoddy work, messiness, rudeness, or dishonesty. If you have concerns, discuss these reviews with the contractor to get their feedback on it. The humility or pride that they portray in response could tell you a lot about them. Where you look for your reviews is also important. Make sure you are looking at verified sources, which can help you cut through the fake reviews.
Although there are some bad eggs in the contracting industry, it’s important to realize that most contractors are quality craftsmen that care about doing the job right. They know that they need to provide good service in order to keep a job. By following the above tips, you will be able to find the right people for your job.
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