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Home Improvement

Considerations When Hiring a Home Renovation Contractor

Home renovation can be pretty costly depending on the house conditions and the level of upgrade you want. Hiring a reputable contractor to handle the job can save you unnecessary costs and also get the best upgrade out of the available resources you have reserved for the whole exercise. You can choose to renovate the place you have been living in for years to get a new touch, or you can renovate a newly bought house to give it a personal style. There are many befits of renovating a house. Below are some of the considerations before hiring a contractor to do the renovations. 

Make Plans and Get Bids

plan and get bidsRenovating your home can be a costly affair and getting the expected value for your money is a satisfying experience. Firstly, you need to make a plan of how you want to renovate the facility and the budget estimation depending on the available resources. If you do not have any referrals or contractors you have already worked with before, you can ask for bids from contractors online or physically within the locality.

Evaluating bids from different contractors is a great way of narrowing down your choices based on the prices and services offered. A conscientious contractor will want to know what you want to achieve, the complete blueprints of the project, and then a clear breakdown of all the expenses will be drafted for you to evaluate.

Consider Proper Paperwork

consider proper paperworkA well-established contractor will have properly organized and legitimate paperwork from the word go. You can observe this element from the first time you receive the bids and quotes. The contract engagement stipulates the terms of engagement and it should be drafted properly and payment methods directed to official accounts.

Putting all details in writing prevents misunderstanding throughout the project because every party has a point of reference. Take your time when drafting the engagement letter to include every aspect of the home renovation project.

Seek Referrals

Recommendations from satisfied customers can be a sigh of relief when working with a new contractor. Contractors have also established websites where you can evaluate their work and services and if interested in their job, you can request them to work for you. Reading client feedback can tell you whether the contractor is well experienced at their job. You can also rely on close friends to find reputable contractors who will give your home a new outstanding look. The professionalism and transparency in carrying out their business is key to sustaining relationships throughout the contract so take note of it before engaging them. 

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Homes

The Primary Perks of Living in a Condo

The ideal living place to many people is perhaps the single-family detached homes. But such a dream may not be the option in some situations. For instance, in Singapore, the price of land property is irrationally high. And in some areas, especially the business districts, such a housing is not available at all. Only apartments and condos are open for business. Check Clavon Clementi, for instance. It is located in the city’s most strategic region because it is close to the transportation network, educational institutions, and many other amenities.Now, let’s learn other benefits of living in a condo.

Free of Maintenance

If you own a house with yards, and you have a swimming pool there, you will have to allocate a maintenance budget for that facility. Needless to say, you’ll face the same burden if you want to have a garden or an outdoor kitchen there. In a condo, there will be a management department responsible for all the facilities there. All you need is to pay the maintenance fees, and you can use those facilities anytime you want it

Modern Facilities

The facilities in a condo are most likely to be updated to follow the most recent technology and design trends. But this still largely depends on the owners’ agreement. And you will have to pay for the upgrades, though. But even if it still costs you some money, it will be pretty much more hassle-free than if you were to get those upgrades on a single-family detached home.

Profitable Investment

A condo’s appreciation is indeed slow. But if you can rent it, it can be the most valuable property to have on the market these days. For example, when you are out of town for vacation or work for several weeks, you can rent your condo. And considering the fact that most condos are placed strategically, getting tenants usually won’t be a problem at all.

Free Parking

parked carsIf you have not moved to a big city before, you may not know how costly it is to park your car, especially in commercial areas. If you have a condo, a parking lot is always an included facility. And you don’t have to pay extra for it. Besides, there will always be security officers guarding the parking lot so that you don’t need to worry about the safety of your car

Safety and Privacy

Imagine if you were to hire security guards for your home. For two or three days, this idea may be sustainable. But in the long run, such a safety measure will be costly, indeed. If you live in a condo, all the security cameras and guards are included. You don’t need to worry about burglars or robbers. Besides, living in a condo can give you better privacy than if you are to live in a housing complex.