Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Painting is the most convenient and money saving upgrade project you can do to your home. With hundreds of colors and shades your choices are endless. Create a space of visual appeal, comfort and value. Stick to shades that bring out your personality to include a theme. Tranquility, fun and energy are some of my favorites.

Get some feedback from family members to include them in the process. Why break the bank trying to improve your home when this simple project makes a huge impact. As a professional real estate appraiser my advice is always upgrade!

For kitchens I suggest bright and energetic colors since this is where the life of the home resides. Good lighting is a must therefore color should be the focus. The family room should be a shade that reflects energy from the whole family. Remember this is the gathering space for movies, music and overall social space.

Pick a shade that reflects your personality and ambiance. If movies are your family favorite pastimes in this space then a subtle shade should be your choice. But if you prefer listening to music in this space you should choose a shade that reflects that particular genre. Maybe a bold shade for salsa music and a pale shade for classical music.

Now for the master bedroom I strongly suggest a color that reflects your personality. This is particularly important because this room is made to be your sanctuary. Keep in mind that if you have a master bath you should allow the color scheme to flow.

This will give the space a visual appeal. The bedroom linens and coverings should be kept in the same color flow. Don’t allow your colors to clash. Another tip is to purchase good quality rollers and brushes. You should keep in mind that choosing a satin based shade is best for both the bedroom and baths. The satin finish brings out a touch of glow to space. In other words, it gives it a high-end look.

I prefer satin finish throughout the home, but again the choice is yours. Whichever color finish you decide to use it will always create value. Remember value is key when maintaining your home’s condition. Touch up is simple too. Wipe and clean to bring out the fresh appearance should you get marks or spots. Painting is just a cost-effective and easy way to achieve … Read the rest ...

Whether you are planning a basic remodel of your master bedroom, adding a family room or building a house, one of the most important aspects of the job is hiring a competent, reliable, and trustworthy contractor.

When you hire a contractor, it is vital that it be someone you feel comfortable with, since you will likely be spending a fair amount of time discussing the work to be done. Keeping this in mind, you will want to take your time choosing a general contractor.

Talk to those you know for recommendations, contact your local home builders association or make inquiries at your home improvement store to get a list of the contractors in your area who meet your needs.

Before Hiring a Contractor

Once you have made some inquiries and have a list of contractors, you will want to do a little research before you schedule the first interview.

Verify that the contractor is registered with your state’s contractors association.

Check out the contractor online with sites like Angies List; call your local building department or the BBB to find out if there have been any reports about the contractors you are considering.

Find out how long the contractor has been in business and if there are any pending or past actions against a contractor’s bond.

As you make the calls, be sure that you have a clear idea of what the project will be. After all, if you don’t know what you want to have done or are unable to clearly explain it to the contractor, it will be much more difficult to find someone willing to work for you.Queries for Interviewing a General Contractor

Once you have the scope of the project determined, you will want to start talking to prospective contractors. As part of the interview, there are several items that should be discussed.

Ask for references and then check them out. If at all possible, ask the other homeowners if you can see the work. Also, see if you can drop by a current jobsite to see work in progress.

Ask for references of suppliers that the contractor works with and check out their payment record. If they are behind on any bills, find another contractor!

Ask for a copy of the contractor’s insurance policy and make sure you understand what is covered.

Ask that the contractor post a performance bond for the entire … Read the rest ...