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Have you decided it’s the perfect time to complete that kitchen or bath remodel? Are you looking for reliable general contractors in Fort Collins? If so, narrowing down your search can prove to be a bit challenging. Trusting the wrong contractor can end in disaster. The person may not complete the job to satisfaction, or the project might cost much more than estimated. Fortunately, there are ways to avert these types of situations.

Here are three tips to help you find remodeling contractor in Fort Collins.

1. Get references. Even if a contractor appears trustworthy and professional, ask for a couple of references. Were these customers satisfied with the job? Did they have any complaints? Use this information to help you make a sound decision. We have a long list of happy customers who are always happy to speak to potential clients like yourself.

2. Contact the BBB. If there are unresolved complaints about the contractor, your local Better Business Bureau may have a record. Research the company to make sure you’re working with a reputable contractor. Click here to see our BBB profile: We’re “A” Rated!

3. Verify the contractor’s license. Only work with a licensed contractor. This ensures that he has the skills and credentials to complete your job. Contact your state’s Department of Consumer Affairs to conduct a license search. We happy to say we’re licensed in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Johnstown, and Larimer County.

The definition of the word “remodel” is fairly simple. It means to improve an existing structure or space. Generally, we associate it with changing the look of a home or office building, also known as residential remodeling and commercial remodeling, respectively. Though the definition is straightforward, the actual practice is quite complicated, and requires multiple steps in order for it to be successful. Working with general contractors in Fort Collins, or with a firm devoted to remodeling in Fort Collins and Loveland, is highly recommended if you plan to embark on a remodeling job.

The majority of remodeling jobs, no matter their size, require the following steps.

Here are summarized for you some tips:

1. Planning

This includes discussion of the scope of the renovation, and the drafts of the various steps throughout the process.

2. Engineering

It is during this phase that the actual “how” of the remodeling job must be answered. What tools, supplies, and personnel will make the remodeling possible?

3. Repair of the Structure

The actual work begins here, and requires skilled labor. Be careful here. I know of many people who have chosen the lowest priced bid and the results have been HORRENDOUS. I’m talking nightmare city. Always always ALWAYS choose a contractor with a valid, up-to-date license and a good, solid reputation. Please. I cannot stress how important this is. Granted, the cost of labor will likely be a bit more, but believe me, it’s worth every penny. You’d be amazed how much it costs to repair a job-gone-wrong. So in actuality, you’re probably saving yourself a good chunk of change by simply choosing the right contractor from the get-go.

4. Rebuilding

Anything that was torn down, moved, or altered in any way, during the remodeling process, is brought back into working order during this phase.

5. Finishing the Work

Creating coherence between the old and new portions of the space is important for making the remodeling job look polished. This can include everything from the molding, to the paint job, to the type of lacquer used on the wood in a home or office.

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 12:51 am.

Why is remodeling so fascinating? Home design shows such as “Extreme Makeover,” “Design on a Dime,” or the original home improvement show, “This Old House” on PBS, have always been popular. There is something about taking a home and making it new that everyone finds interesting. It may be that, secretly, we all have things we wish we could alter about our own homes or apartments, and we are living vicariously through the people who are improving their homes on television.

So, what’s stopping you, in particular, from actually making the home improvements you want? In Colorado, there are excellent general contractors in Loveland (nudge nudge, wink wink) who can help you remodel a current home into the house of your dreams. Specialists in home repair in Fort Collins can help you turn your slightly “dumpy” feeling two-bedroom, into a place you are proud to call home. All it takes is a phone call or an email, and you too can be like those people on the home improvement shows. They always look so happy when their new space is unveiled at the end of each program. There is no reason you can’t look equally as ecstatic about your own home.