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Remodeling Your Home

Many people like the neighborhood they live in and don't want to move, but they may need more living space, or they may want to move into a bigger home in another neighborhood, but can't afford a larger house payment.

If you are one of those people, instead of selling your home and moving, you may want to consider renovating, either totally remodeling it, or just adding on more bedrooms, maybe another bathroom, or a family room, or upgrading your kitchen and dining room to meet your needs.

With gas prices going up almost every day, many people have decided that moving out of the city and commuting to work everyday is no longer an option.

They have looked at the costs of buying a new home, the costs of buying a new car every three or four years, the cost of gas, the time spent on the freeway, and the mental and physical anguish of commuting, and they have decided that remodeling, or at least making some room additions to their current home makes a lot more sense.

If you are thinking about remodeling or making room additions, here are some timely tips to follow.

  1. If you know how to do some of the work yourself, great, but if you don't, hire a professional licensed contractor. A contractor can save you time and money and make your remodeling job more attainable. If you attempt to do the work yourself, it may cost you even more if the contractor has to go behind you and repair or complete something that you started and could not complete.
  2. Ask friends, neighbors, or family members to refer you to a contractor and don't be afraid to ask the contractor to take you to see some of his work.
  3. Make sure that any contractor you use is licensed, bonded, and insured. Note: You can find out if he has a valid contractors license by contacting your state's contractors licensing board.
  4. Take your time and don't rush yourself into making decisions, and never let someone else rush you. Give yourself plenty of time to think and plan, and then follow your plan.
  5. Get estimates from more than one contractor, but keep in mind that the lowest bid may not be the best bid and it may not get you what you really want. Sometimes the higher bid may be the one that is right for you.
  6. Always compare costs of building materials and labor. Make a budget, but keep in your mind that there may be unexpected repairs.
  7. Don't rush the contractor, but make sure he finishes the job within a reasonable amount of time. Always remember that things can go wrong, and they often do.
  8. Keep in mind that following trends may be a little expensive and what you see in magazines, someone else's home, or on television, may not look good in your home.

If renovations are done right, they can greatly enhance your property and the neighborhood you live in. Although remodeling can be costly, it may save you many thousands of dollars in the long run.

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