Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 3:17 am.Edit Post
Just like choosing the right doctor can have a massive impact on your level of health, choosing the right contractor can have a massive impact on the look and feel of your home. If you are in Colorado, deciding on the right contractors in Loveland, or the right general contractors in Fort Collins for the repair or remodeling job you would like performed, requires looking for some specific traits and skills. It also requires that you have a clear idea of exactly what you want done. When choosing a right contractor for your remodeling needs, keep the following things in mind.1. Reputation

Does your contractor have an extended history of good work? Are they operating under the appropriate certifications and licenses? Are they rated well by the Better Business Bureau or your local consumer protection agency?

2. Weigh Your Options

Choose the top few contractors based on their reputations and ask for bids. If one bid is significantly lower than the rest, don’t go for it. Choose the bid that is most within your budget.

3. Make Sure You Like Them

Your contractor is going to be in and out of your home for the duration of the job. Spend a little time with them before making a final decision. Look at how they interact with their staff members, and how the crew works together.

4. Contracts and Payment

Are they willing to generate a clear and complete contract? Even about the little stuff? Did they ask for a reasonable amount of money upfront? If your contractor is not willing to make a contract, and asks for a massive amount of the total upfront, you may need to look elsewhere.

 

 

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

A home is an investment, and if you play your cards right you can get a pretty hefty return on your investment when it comes time to sell. The trick is to zone in on the projects that can offer the highest ROI (return on investment), and as of right now, the big three are bathroom remodeling, basement finishing and/or basement remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. All of these projects will not only increase your quality of living, but have also been proven to result in higher selling prices.

According to real estate agents and comparisons of homes sold in both the Loveland and Fort Collins area, these types of remodeling projects most often increase the value of a home beyond the construction costs. Imagine spending $8000 to make a few changes in the bathroom and discovering that it raises the value of your home by $15,000. Your mileage may vary, but these are the key areas that homebuyers are looking at.

Basement Finishing and Remodeling
A basement remodeling project literally increases the amount of square footage in your home. You can configure the new space to add additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a sewing room, office space, home gym, theater room, another living room or anything else you can imagine. A house with a finished basement maximizes the interior living space and offers a great return on your investment. Basement remodeling brings a finished basement up-to-date with clean fresh flooring, refinished walls and plenty of lighting.

Kitchen Remodeling
A modern, functional, well laid-out kitchen is always popular with homebuyers and it’s one of the best ways to command top-of-the-market pricing for your home. You might choose granite countertops, custom cabinetry, or even the addition of a center island fully equipped with a stainless steel sink or cook-top range. No matter how fancy you get, investing in the kitchen always pays off. Upgrading to modern appliances also reduces energy usage.

Bathroom Remodeling
Bathroom remodels are also a wise investment. Let’s face it; nobody wants to purchase a house with a funky old and outdated bathroom. If you click on “our work” at the top of the page, you will see a few examples of our latest bathroom remodeling projects that were very cost effective to complete, and have increased the value of our client’s homes.

So why put off that remodeling project any longer? Call today for your free, no-obligation estimate!

The HandyManual was created to help homeowners such as yourself learn valuable tips and tricks about increasing the value of your home and maintaining/protecting your investment. If you have a topic you’d like us to write about, let us know! We’re always on the lookout for new and fresh ideas.

Happy Home Improving!

Paul

 

Whether we realize it or not, our bathrooms are very important places. Just 30 years ago, it was fairly common to have a separate space for dressing and getting ready to go out. However, the idea of a “dressing room” in our homes went the way of the Dodo in the 70′s. Nowadays, our bathrooms are the primary area for preparing for the day, or night. Consequently, good bathroom remodeling design is now far more important than it used to be.

While remodeling your entire home may not be necessary, changing the look of your bathroom can have a profound effect on the overall feel of the house. To get the most out of a bath remodel in Fort Collins, think about how you want the bathroom to feel. If you want it to be a functional, modern space, look for general contractors in Fort Collins who specialize in that type of work. Or maybe you want to make your bathroom a softer, more calming space. Look for examples of that type of work when viewing potential contractor’s portfolios. Not to toot our own horn, but bathrooms tend to be one of our specialties. You can check out our portfolio by clicking here. Whatever design path you choose, your bathroom redesign could make that space your favorite room in the house. For more information or to schedule a completely free estimate, give us a call at 970-402-2099.

Happy home improving!