There is a shortage of homes for sale in the U.S market. And if you are watching the news about home sales and prices, you know you are going to pay a premium for the home you want to buy. Your dream about moving to a new home can be shelved for a later time. Right now, your home is the place to be if you want to make a good financial decision.
Remodeling right now is also expensive because of shortages across industries, and the waiting time for the contractor to call back can be 6 months or more. Unless you are doing a small home remodeling job by yourself the waiting time can be excruciating.
So, what is the solution? To buy a new home to forge new memories, or to remodel the home you have right now?
The answer has to be a very personal decision. Remodeling your home right now might be the better option for many families in the Northeast Ohio area. And if you want to remodel instead of moving, you need to remodel the right rooms to get more from your investment.
Word of advice. Before you choose a room to remodel, make sure your home has no basement waterproofing or structural issues that need to be addressed before looking into other parts of the home.
Water damage is a very serious and common problem with older homes. The basement waterproofing issues your home needs might be minor or more serious but they do need to be addressed before they lead to structural damages.
Basement waterproofing and foundation repairs might not be the home projects you want to do first, but those are the projects that need to be fixed right away.
1. Do Your Homework
Before you hire any company or contractor to do a job in your home, you need to call at least three different companies to get a quote. You need to compare prices, materials used, and time frames to be able to hire the best company for the job.
It is extremely important you hire a company that is fully bonded and insured. Do they have the license to do the job you are hiring them to do? Do they have the experience and history in the community to do the job and back it up with testimonials from other customers? Have they been doing this kind of work for a long time?
2. Financing The work
If you have the company you want to hire lined up, excellent. Now, it is time to find the financing options for the work. There are very few owners that can pay cash for the work. If you are one of those homeowners, congratulations. If not, finding financing for the work can be time-consuming and frustrating. Check for home improvement loans with different banks or check the financing available through the company you are hiring to do the work. Usually, those companies work with a financial lender to make things easier for you. Check their rates and terms of conditions to choose the best option for you.
3. Compare Quotes and Companies Before Signing a Contract
Be careful before signing any contract with anyone. If you have done your homework and have chosen the best company for the job, look over the contract carefully before signing it. Have they included materials they will use, time frame for the job to be completed, clean-up, and other relevant information? Remember the more ambiguous the contract, the more they can substitute materials for cheaper ones, and charge you the full price. Not everyone does the best job possible every time, and not everyone is out to get you. But, remember to read the contract carefully before signing it. It is for your protection after all.
4. Be Vigilant
When the company you hire starts working on your property, make sure you are aware of what they are doing. If you see something wrong, talk to the contractor or ask questions. Redoing work can be expensive and take longer. Make sure the clean-up is done well and any damage done to the property is addressed before the contractor or company leaves the premises.
It is very easy for companies to advertise on TV to get noticed. But, a TV advertisement does not guarantee the company will deliver a job well done. Pioneer Basement Waterproofing is a company with a long history in the community delivering every job with excellent craftsmanship. Contact Us today to talk about your options with the basement waterproofing and finishing of your home.