Your budget finally allows you to do that long-overdue bathroom remodel. Or maybe you’ve just bought your first home and want to do some renovating to make it your own. Before rushing in to complete your first home remodeling project, you would do well to research 1) exactly what you want done and 2) who will do the work. Without proper research, you could end up spending more money than necessary on your project or getting a finished product that you either don’t like or that doesn’t meet all your needs.
It’s easy to spend an hour walking around your local home improvement store, eying flooring, cabinetry, and window options. It’s also easy to walk out of that same store with no more of an idea of what you want than when you first went in. That’s because you can’t really envision a finished room or project when the piece parts of that project are spread out across numerous store aisles.
Save yourself the drive, and log onto your computer where you will find valuable sources to get just the ideas and inspiration you need – websites tailored specifically to home design and décor, including renovations to update and upgrade your living space. These sites provide countless ideas, so you are sure to find one that aligns with your project, whether it’s a bathroom remodel, kitchen renovation, flooring replacement, deck or patio addition, or trending paint colors. (You will also find plenty of ideas that don’t match your taste or style.)
One popular website is Houzz, described as the world’s largest home design community. Once you join the Houzz community, you have access to thousands of images, so you can see how design elements combine and come together beautifully. Another trendy site for ideas is Pinterest, where members post photos and videos of things they like. Pinterest topics are wide-ranging, with home décor just one of many, and you are sure to find interesting and unique ideas, whether you’re redoing an entire room or looking for suggestions to make a space more usable. The wildly popular HGTV television programs where home sellers and buyers renovate and redecorate have led to the HGTV website, which provides tons of ideas for renovating every room in your home. Full-color images show complete rooms as well as the individual components that go into the design.
Once you have decided on your remodel choices, your next step is to find a reputable contractor to do the work. In recent years, online directories of home remodeling contractors have facilitated the search. The most common sites include: Angie’s List, Porch, Home Advisor, Bark, Yelp, and Thumbtack. Users of these services should, however, be aware of an important caveat. As a general rule, these companies charge contractors a fee to use their services and bid on leads they receive. So, while it may be free for you to search for, and hire, a contractor, that contractor will likely pass their cost to bid on a job onto you. Additionally, some contractors bid low just to get the job. If you are shopping on price alone, remember the adage “You get what you pay for,” as it applies here.
Other professional organizations can also help you find a trustworthy and reputable contractor – and do so without adding unnecessary cost to your project. These include NARI (National Association of the Remodeling
Industry), NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), and NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). These organizations are comprised of remodeling professionals who are committed to integrity and high ethical standards, professional education and certifications in their areas of expertise, and top-quality work and performance – in other words, proven within their own industry to be professionals of the highest standards of excellence.
Sovereign Construction Services is a full-service home renovating and remodeling company and NARI member. Owner Steve Rush brings years of expertise and experience to every project he completes. No job is too big, or too small, for Steve. He enjoys making other people’s dreams of a beautiful home come true. Call Steve today at 610-639-2986!