Presently, and as we are all already well aware of, the housing market is clearly blanketed under quite a sizable and rather depressing shadow. There is a lingering gloom hovering over the housing market, one with seemingly no parts or any breaks within it as to let, at least, a few hopeful rays of sunshine through to warm the industry up once again. Yet, there is promise to be had, even in the thick grayness that currently is the housing market. There are partial moments of light that do end up leaking through and end up not only warming homeowners’ pessimistic hearts, but also spotlights a few renovation-driven home improvement opportunities.
Letting The Opportunity of Bright Remodeling Light In
With Federal Reserve rates being cut back in an aggressive manner many homeowners have taken notice and strongly considered household betterment actions with intent to increase their property and home values. And using the most common financial tool when initiating the financing of home renovations, the second mortgage option has recently been a prime choice with temptingly low rate interest rates attached to them. Also, by utilizing a home equity loan to renovate a living space, contractors can be targeted and hired by homeowners without almost any difficulty. Yet, on the other hand, if you’re a first-time renovation individual, the “find and hire" process itself and pinpointing a particular contractor might prove to be a trying process.
Conduct Research Amongst Family, Friends and Fellow Homeowners
If you have no idea what to expect in terms of home renovations and what a contractor is capable of doing, and doing well, it’s best to ask around, get a referral or two. Inquire to family, friends and other neighbors or fellow homeowners who have been through the home renovation and/or remodeling scenario. See how they feel / felt about their contractor and how he or she carried out and finalized their project. Get a feel for what they went through and how they felt about the end result.
Getting a referral from a trust-worthy source that can both direct you in the right direction as well as confidently assure you that ‘contractor X’ completed professional-quality work, stayed within a set schedule and maintained an outlined budget. After gaining a few recommendations, it’s time for you to go to those contractors directly.
Choices, Choices and More Choices: Not A Bad Thing
Make your contractor options many, as having a good amount of options is better than have only one or two. Go out of your way to speak with as many referred contractors as you can. Get multiple feelers out there and be sure to get a few estimates so you can compare and weigh different bid options you’re receiving. Also, be sure to speak with your desired contractor. Have confidence in him or her; be comfortable around this person. This individual will be in your home, altering it and interacting with you on a daily basis - make sure you can cooperate and even become friendly with this person.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to one option you need to lay out plans and expectations. Review and fully understand involved intricacies within the contract, including the overall project forecast, starting and ending dates, payment plans, warranties, insurances and so forth. Be sure to set exact budgets too, as to not have any surprising additions to you remodeling bill.
With that home equity loan under your homeowners belt, you know you can get a contractor with ease. Yet, the process of getting that perfect contractor for you and your home’s needs might be a bit daunting. Don’t fret, just know it’s a task requiring both in depth research and comparative tactics.