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Moving vs. Remodeling

You love your neighborhood; can’t bear the idea of up-rooting your family, but you’re busting at the seams!

“Don’t Move, Improve!”

 

If you’re like millions of other Americans facing the classic housing dilemma: remodel or move? Here are some things you should consider about this all too important decision.

 

It’s not only about space – it’s about personal preference.

Sure there are other, larger homes in the area surrounding your home, but do these homes represent your style; do they serve your family’s needs?

 

Making a move costs much more than just a higher mortgage payment.

Consider all costs when contemplating a move such as: time away from work, movers, new coordinating furniture, finance charges, closing costs, as well as realtor fees.

 

Remodeling your home allows you to customize your space.

Seldom used spaces in your home can be transformed into more livable spaces, where your family will love to gather.

 

You have much more than money invested in your home.

Over the years you have made your house your home, whether it be through decorating, painting or landscaping; your house has become an extension of you.

BEFORE HIRING A HOME REMODEL

Finding the right contractor to remodel your home can be quite a challenge. Your family and friends have given you lots of advice and you have heard your fair share of horror stories. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed. We hope to make this process easier by narrowing down the list to just a few warning signs you should always look for before hiring a contractor.

What to watch out for when interviewing contractors:

  • High pressure sales tactics. You should be sold on their work not their sales tactics.

  • No office, no land line, no service. A legitimate business should always have these. If they don’t, you may have trouble contacting them.

  • Working odd hours and no overhead

  • No references

  • Unusual payment terms

  • No written contract or estimate. You have no legal protection.

  • Bid or schedule is too good to be true. Contractor maybe have trouble following through and you will be left with unmet expectations.

  • Incomplete specifications or unclear terms in contract. You have no idea what you could be getting.

  • Your gut instinct says “No”. Don’t ignore that nagging feeling. It’s usually right.

  • Shoddy or incomplete workmanship

  • Doesn’t provide a warranty on their work. If your contractor won’t guarantee their work, they lack confidence in it so why should you trust them?

  • Appears unkept and disorganized

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