A contractor can be used for home remodeling, home improvement projects and any of those little repair jobs around the house. The best way to get a good contractor is to get referrals from friends or other people you trust. Learn more about hiring a contractor and what recourse you can take if the job doesn’t go smoothly. In some areas, contractors must be licensed by the municipality in which they conduct business. If they are licensed, you should make sure you see if the contractor you choose has his or her license in order. You should also make sure they have liability and workman’s compensation insurance.
Homeowners can do several simple things to survive home improvement projects. The most important thing for homeowners to do is plan ahead for home improvement projects - including choosing paint colors, wall tiles, even the door knobs. The less homeowners have to do during the home improvement project, the easier it will be to survive. Homeowners should also make sure they have written contracts on all their home improvement projects in order to keep things running smoothly with the contractor.
Buying a fixer-upper can be a great way to turn a profit. Since few homeowners have unlimited cash to spend, planning ahead for a renovation or home improvement project can make a world of difference. Plan ahead for short-term or long-term projects, shop around for the best prices on supplies, try to do some if not all of the work yourself, and keep track of all of your expenses. Staying on top of your home repair projects will maximize the value you get out of them when you sell.
Home renovation is a messy, expensive and heart-wrenching process. Stores like Home Depot's EXPO and IKEA show the average consumer how to create high style without high prices. EXPO helps you through the entire renovation process, from designing your interior, installing fixtures, cabinets, countertops, tile, appliances and lighting, to helping you decorate it. EXPO also has a warranty that lasts until you sell the house.
Home buyers purchase a rehabbed Colonial home after falling in love with the home during its renovation process on TV show "This Old House." In addition to netting $550,000 in profit (minus, of course, the broker's commission, transfer taxes and other costs of sale), the show opened up the house to more than 15,000 fans, each of whom paid to go through the house and receive a special version of "This Old House" magazine about the project.
Building a home? The National Home Builders Convention is the place to be if you are interested in home building and the real estate industry. It's where you'll find more home builders and more building supplies vendors - literally - than anywhere else in the world. The big findings at the show were that women are making more decisions, home owners want flexibility and more remodeling is being done.