Getting The Right Contractor – Some Tips

A home is probably the largest investment any person will ever make. It is a financial investment that is expected to grow in value as the years go by – and it is also an investment in the happiness of friends and family. It is that place where stressed urban professionals can enjoy a sanctuary from an ever more fast-paced and stressful world.

In other words, your home is important, but in order to maintain its value – or even add to it from time to time the services of a contractor may be required. Whether it is roof repairs, electrical issues, or that new extension that will increase living space – and make a real difference to the quality of those in the home a professional and reliable contractor is essential.

But how do you make sure that the contractor selected can get the job done, on time, within budget, and using the best quality materials based on years of experience?

Here are some hints and tips to ensuring that your contractor will deliver – and that the contractor experience will not be a source of stress and sleepless nights.

Firstly, it is essential to get recommendations. Not all the marketing blurb on a company website can be taken at face value. Speak to friends and family – they are a great and trusted source of information – and they may have had a wonderful experience with a contractor. Alternatively, reach out to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry – they will have great recommendations for a contractor in your area. You could also pay a visit to a retail outlet that supplies contractors. They will have a good idea of which contractor pays their bills and time – and is reliable.

Get on the phone for an initial chat with the contracting company so that you are satisfied that the contractor has experience in the sort of job you have in mind. Ask if they are willing to supply the contact details of previous clients – those clients will be able to give you insight into the professionalism of the contractor. Ask them how many jobs they have going at once – you require a contractor that will focus on your specific requirements – not one that is spread too thin.

After these steps, you should have a shortlist of potential contractors. Now it’s time to get in those estimates. Make sure that the estimate you receive is written and detailed – and enquire about the payment schedule. You do not want any nasty surprises when you get your bill. Ensure that the contractor has visited your home so that they are aware of the scope of the project and any potential challenges. Ask about the cost of materials, labor, and profit margins, as well as other expenses.

How to get the right contractor 

When all is said and done don’t let price be the only factor influencing your decision. Reputation, experience, and customer service are all also important. Beware of estimates that are suspiciously low. With the right research, your search for the contractor that is the perfect fit for the job – and your individual needs will be successful.

Let The Light Shine In – Choosing The Perfect Window For Each Room

Researchers are of the opinion that natural light is best when it comes to enjoying the perfect home environment. However, aside from letting in that mood-enhancing light, your windows may perform many other functions, such as optimizing energy consumption and enhancing your home’s aesthetic appeal.

There are geographical factors that will also influence your window choice. Things like temperature fluctuations, altitude above sea level, your home’s alignment (the sunrise/sunset cycle and which side of the home gets the most sun and when), as well as climate throughout the year.

Choosing the right window for each room in the home can be a challenge, and that challenge is made even more complex when your personal tastes and sense of style are part of the equation.

Always remember that your windows are an investment in the value of your home. They increase the appeal of each room and that has a positive effect on the sale price of your most valuable asset.

To help you make the right choice when it comes to windows, here are some tips that will allow you to enhance your home – in line with your unique window preferences and requirements.

Living Room Windows

Your living room is one of the most important places in the home. It is where you will spend time interacting with family and friends. It is also (usually) the largest room in the house. This makes it ideal for large-scale picture windows, bay windows, or casement windows for those warm days (they allow great airflow). If the living room boasts exceptional space don’t be afraid to mix and match – as long as there is a common theme (material, finish, color etc). There are also a variety of coatings available to enhance the appearance and functionality of these windows. You can also opt for double or even triple panes to keep cold out and heat in the home – and cut down on the monthly power bill.

Living Room - Choosing the right Window for your home

As important as the living room is, there is one room in the home that acts as a magnet to all those who visit or family members. That is the kitchen. Adding new windows to the kitchen space is a great way to enjoy that natural light and make the business of preparing meals even more rewarding and pleasant.

Kitchen Window

Hard-to-reach spots like that above the kitchen sink are ideal locations for casement windows. These windows offer exceptional ease of use requiring very little effort to open and close. Sliding track windows are another good choice as they are easy to clean and again – easy to operate. Keep in mind the option of protective coatings as kitchen windows are subject to temperature fluctuations and the build-up of oily residue. Bay windows can allow those in the kitchen to easily see out – better for keeping an eye on the younger members of the family – or simply basking in the sunlight.

Bathroom Window

Bathroom windows need to function as privacy screens, as well as letting in natural light. Larger bathrooms would benefit from single-hung or casement windows. Consider the options for tinting and or other privacy-enhancing applications – or go for one of the many ‘frosted’ glass options that are on the market.

Bedroom Windows

We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, and bedrooms are the focus of many other activities even while we are not getting those essential hours of rest. Double-hung or casement windows are both exceptional choices, both allow for fresh air to efficiently circulate through the room. Make sure that the glass is energy efficient so that the correct temperature can be maintained during the course of the night. Bow or bay windows are also great for those who want to incorporate a reading nook into the bedroom.

Bedroom Windows - Choosing the right windows for your home

Take into account your unique needs, style, and aesthetic choices. Stick to a budget and remember that exceptional windows are a solid investment in the value of your home. A careful choice will help make the house into the home of your dreams.