Glen Miller the Home Doctor is a professional in home improvement and handicap construction. He provides home renovations, handyman services and specialized handicapped remodeling throughout Livingston County, Washtenaw County and Oakland County. Glen is an expert in all fields of home upgrades for age in place renovations and various home upgrades including kitchen and bathroom transformations.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Doing It Yourself Verse Hiring A Professional Contractor
Doing a bathroom remodel yourself may save you money but at what additional cost? The cost of course is skill, convenience and every bit of your sanity. Extensive bathroom remodels should be left up to an experienced contractor. Hire a remodeling contractor that has experience doing the job right the first time. A licensed, insured contractor has acquired the skills necessary to ensure the job meets your specifications within an allotted period of time that is contracted between the two of you.
When hiring a contractor it is important that they understand what you are envisioning. Homeowners come up with a gazillion ideas on remodeling their homes; the problem comes when trying to articulate what you expect out of the completed project. When you can show your contractor pictures out of magazines or ideas found online it opens the lines of communication.
Your contractor should be able to take ideas from your design concepts to create a visual representation of exactly what you are looking for. This should be the first step in any home improvement project. Going into remodeling without a definitive concept in mind is never a good idea for you or the contractor.
When ideas are not set in stone before the job begins a project that should take a few weeks’ turns into a few months. The fixtures start to change, the color of paint no longer goes well with the tile and cabinet colors and before you know it aspects of the project that were not in the original contract which starts the demise of any time line that was established to begin with.
As new items start to be requested contractors have to halt where they are at in the project to reevaluate and order the homeowners new requests. When this occurs too often throughout the remodeling process it can really turn into a project that is outside the realm of time the contractor has established for your renovation. This in turn increases the amount of money the contractor deserves to be compensated, increases in material costs and restocking fees and more.
Professional home remodeling contractor that have established a solid reputation and work history within the industry make for an ease that doesn’t come from contractors who are new to the construction industry. The best way to find an individual to contract for the home improvement projects around your home is via referral, word of mouth and online reputation. It is hard for good contractors and their work to go unnoticed in the home remodeling industry.