Home Improvement Project – Photo Courtesy: Roanoke College
We know you’re in a rush (most of us are these days) but unless you take your time, you may actually be wasting a lot of money on your home improvement projects. Not only could you probably be doing some of the work for a much lower cost than you may have realized, but some tasks may even be projects you can take on solo or with the help of a loved one. A professional is nice to have around, but one is not always required.
Planning is the Trickiest Part and Most Crucial
Planning beforehand is crucial – Photo Courtesy: Victor
It’s important to go at a steady, yet relaxed pace when approaching any project, especially those at home. Your home should be a place you like to spend your time, a place that you enjoy and are proud of. Improvements shouldn’t be something that one rushes into. Completing a job once is going to cost you plenty; no point in extending your budget by redoing something that could have been completed in one fell swoop.
If you’re not comfortable doing a project on your own, then make sure you are hiring someone trust worthy. If this individual is someone you know personally, take a look at their past work and experience and write up a contract if you feel necessary. This is going to ensure both parties are at an agreement. Within your written agreement, be sure to outline things such as payment scheduling, expected completion date(s) and anything else that may pertain to each specific task. While this often seems tricky to bring up to someone you care about, mention that it will protect both of you. Tough conversations are typically the best to have.
Hiring a Professional: What to Think About
If choosing a professional is more up your alley, then before signing anything, read every word within the contract (yes, that means the dreaded fine print so many of us like to avoid). You want to verify that the said company (or person) is insured, in the event that there is an injury on the job. Even if the job seems ‘simple’, accidents can still happen. Accidents do not avoid those who have the most experience or best training. They can literally happen to anyone, at any time. If the said person doesn’t have insurance, but you want to hire them anyway, verify that your personal home insurance will cover anyone who is injured on your property.
Never settle for the first person or company that you find, either. Take your time in shopping around; reading customer reviews, calling companies directly and even checking whether that business is affiliated with the BBB. Typically, the most expensive aspect of any job is the installation or labor.
Shopping Made Simple: Internet Benefits
While comparing local ads, calling and visiting various local shops can help you find great deals, there is an easier way. The great thing about comparing prices on the internet is you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to do so. Whether you are babysitting, trying to relax after a long day at work or bedridden; you are able to shop at your convenience and many companies (including Amazon) offer delivery, which makes the deal even sweeter. Getting those pieces of additional plywood you meant to have picked up earlier in the week, or paint for some last-minute touch-ups can be rush delivered in many cases. Oftentimes there are also special discounts that are only available to shoppers on the web.
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