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6 Contractor Hiring Tips

Remodeling a home can be a stressful, expensive hassle. With these tips, though, hiring the right contractor for the job should be that much easier. Communicate Clearly You should know your contractor well before you let him into your home. Make sure to ask for recommendations – here at OMG, we suggest Redi Renovations – but also judge for yourself based on online reviews and personal, over-the-phone interviews. This way, you can become comfortable with them and establish a relationship that will make it easy to get updated during your home-improvement project as well. Premeditate The Price Understand that remodels are expensive. You can price-match all you want, but know that sometimes cheap service equates to a cheaply-done job, and sometimes the lowest price won’t provide the best remodel. You’ll want to balance this mentality, though, with knowledge of what similar remodels would cost if you hired another company or contractor so that you’re not over-paying. This is another reason communication is so important, too – you need to know exactly how much a contractor is going to charge you for the job, as well as why. Ask for a budget breakdown that shows the costs of materials and manpower so you […]
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4 DIY Dos (And One Don’t)

When buying or selling a home, there are plenty of ways to save money by taking on DIY projects. Here are some tips to make sure you DIY the right way. Do: Your Research It’s important to understand everything you can about a home you plan to buy or sell. If you’re selling, know the square footage and amenities of the property, the pricing of similar homes in your area, and what projects you’ll need to undertake in order to sell the house at its highest value. When buying a home, it’s best to understand your needs – whether they be space, bathrooms, bedrooms, or location. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to real estate, and knowing what you want lets realtors help you find what you need. Do: Set A Budget Once you’ve done your research, you can set a price point. Understanding your needs and income is the best way to calculate what you can afford when buying or renting a home, and knowing when (and where) not to take on a DIY project will keep you from leaving it unfinished due to a lack of funds. Do: Know Your Limits Three weeks before putting your home […]
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