Thinking of adding an extension to your home, or maybe revamping one of your rooms? Home improvement is so common it’s almost a pastime. That said, it’s also something you shouldn’t just dive right into without knowing exactly what you’re doing.
Clear Everything With Your Home Insurance
Your home insurance provider will not cover any changes to your home it’s unaware of, whether you’re adding an extension, making changes to a room, and so on. So before making any alterations at all to your abode, tell your provider about it. Otherwise, you’ll inevitably have to end up paying for at least some of the damage yourself should a disaster, e.g. a fire, befall your home.
Find Reliable Contractors
Don’t go for the cheapest or the first contractor you find: when it comes to your home, taking risks just isn’t worth it. If you want a feel for a contractor’s other work, trying looking up other projects they’ve done in your area, e.g. by typing in home improvement projects pensacola or wherever you happen to live. If you find a contractor that looks promising, see if you can find them on Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, as they can offer more reliable ratings than standard review sites. It also helps to ask people you know in your area what contractors they’ve used.
Look at Both Contractors AND Their Subcontractors
Not every home improvement contractor will do the entire job themselves, choosing instead to delegate to a subcontractor. Find out if the contractor you’ve chosen plans to do the same and look up the subcontractor’s credentials exactly the same way you would investigate a contractor’s. Just because a contractor and subcontractor work together doesn’t mean they have the same standards of quality.
Only DIY Unless You Know What You’re Doing
If you’re an amateur builder, that might be fine for smaller projects, but if you’re thinking of ripping down walls or making a garage, you’ll probably want to contact a professional unless (a) you’re absolutely certain your skills are pro-level or close to it; (b) you have access to all the appropriate tools; and (c) you’re absolutely certain you won’t change your mind along the way, as undoing or “fixing” changes to your home can be equally labor intensive.
Don’t let your home improvement project become a home disaster project. Take these steps to make sure your project goes off without a hitch.