Follow our tips to ensure that your home improvement project comes in on time and on budget.
Starting a home renovation project is exciting. But working with building contractors can mean big headaches: a two-week delay between removing your old bathtub and installing a new one; a kitchen island that ends up costing more than expected; or, worst of all, the contractor who disappears with your down payment and your dream.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from delays, cost overruns and outright fraud. Follow these tips for hiring and working with a contractor.
Where to look
How to choose
Get it all in writing
Paying the piper
As your project moves along, ask for regular progress reports and keep a good line of communication open with the contractor. If you don't know one end of a hammer from the other, you might consider hiring a home inspector to keep an eye on things.
A home equity loan or line of credit is an inexpensive way of financing a renovation project. Some lenders will advance you as much as 125 percent of the appraised value of your home, less existing mortgages.
Whether you are thinking of painting some rooms in your house or your house or the outside your house, there is a process that you will want to be aware of and follow when it comes to hiring a painter.
Almost anyone can paint a room, but who has the time? Those who don't have time or the umpphh are at the mercy of the local painting contractor. It can be difficult to choose a contractor without a word of mouth reference.