Home Improvement: The Basics

Home Improvement: The Basics
Dear Brad,

Before you begin any home improvement projects, it is important to get organized.  Be sure that you know what you would like to accomplish before you begin the process of hiring a contractor, or purchasing any materials. 

The Home Services Directory is a great place to visit for information on any home improvement project.  You can find the HSD Home Improvement Checklist at http://homeservices-directory.com/homeowners/tips/checklist.html.  This informative "quick guide" to getting your project started can help ease a lot of the headaches that come along with home improvements.  Throughout the year we can explore a number of topics and resources to help you as a home owner.

Here are some highlights from the HSD Home Improvement Checklist:

Before selecting a remodeling contractor, you should do the following:

• Plan your project from start to finish.
• Be specific in explaining exactly what you want.
• Be sure to approve any architectural plans that are involved before the contract work begins.
• Compare costs before making a financial commitment.
• Discuss bids in detail with each contractor.
• Ask the contractor for local references and find out if he or she is a member of a professional remodelers association.
• Contact your Better Business Bureau to learn how long a contractor has been in business.
• Find out if a contractor is insured against claims covering worker's compensation, property damage, and personal liability.
• Check with state, county, or city housing authorities to be sure that a contractor meets all area licensing/bonding requirements.

Be sure to visit their website for details on each item on the checklist.  When it comes to home improvements, you can never be too prepared.

Thank you, Brad B. Bergamimi
Brad Bergamini
Realty Executives Northern Arizona
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This is not the opinion of Brad Bergamini, Realty Executives Northern Arizona or any of its affiliates.  This post is for informational purpose only and is not guaranteed and does not render as legal advice.  Buying and selling Real Estate in Arizona or Prescott Arizona is a serious task and should be consulted with personally with Realtor or Real Estate Attorney.  Please visit my website for contact information