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REMODELING MAKES PERFECT SENSE
By SHUBHANG K. PATEL
Before he was nominated for the Democratic Party, Barack Obama said that “I have sworn that we're taking out the bowling alley in the White House and we're putting in a basketball court.” New presidents are allotted $100,000 to remodel the White House residence and the Oval Office, and President Obama hired Hollywood remodeler Michael S. Smith.
Our presidents are no different from regular homeowners. Every family who moves into an existing home or new home purchased from a developer with fixed floor plans wishes to customize and wants to give it their distinctive touch to call it “My Home.”
President Obama proposed a new program on Dec. 8, 2009, which if approved that would reimburse homeowners up to $12,000 for energy-efficient appliances and insulation (windows, doors, etc.), part of a broader plan to stimulate the economy.
The most common type of residential remodeling project is kitchen remodeling, i.e., total kitchen remodeling, new kitchen counter tops, changing kitchen cabinets, replacing sink, and constructing a Kitchen Island.
The second most common type of residential remodeling project is bathroom remodeling. These include installing a standing shower with jets and steam, including foot massager, replacing tank water heater with tank less instant water heater, installing tub with jets, and replacing tiles.
Other remodeling types include wall and ceiling repainting, making two small rooms into one larger room, constructing a home office, installing crown molding, windows and doors replacements, changing carpet flooring to hardwood or tiles or polished concrete and upgrading appliances.
But, why remodel in the first place? If you live in a house that you generally love, you plan to stay there for at least two or more years, and it’s located in a desirable neighborhood – remodeling makes perfect financial sense. Remodeling can give your kitchen a fresh, updated look. It can give your family the space it needs or make an ordinary bath luxurious. Well-planned and utilized square-footage, efficient and up-to-date kitchens, and design-smart bathrooms generally increase the value of your home. Some home improvements, such as the installation of well-made replacement windows, can both boost the value of your home and help you control ever-increasing heating and cooling costs.
The cost of remodeling varies depending on the scope of work, quality of materials required by the owner, and the quality of workmanship accepted by the owner. High standards don't have to equate to a high budget.
Following are the three most important issues to consider for a successful project:
1. Safety first: The owner who is not fully aware of electric hazards, state building codes, or OSHA regulations should not attempt any sort of remodeling or repair project on its own.
2. Most important decision you will make throughout the remodeling process is choosing the right general contractor for your specific project. Consider hiring a full service general contractor who can provide architectural design renderings (3-D design views). You need a Florida State Certified General Contractor who approaches the job as a true professional; one who does the very best to ensure that life in your home continues as smoothly as possible during the remodeling process.
3. The work completed by an illegitimate contractor is not warrantable. Your insurance company will not reimburse you if the damaged caused to your property resulted by an illegitimate contractor or if the work was not permitted by a local regulating authority.
Overall, remodeling project should be enjoyable with dreams to create lasting memories. In our next article, we’ll discuss residential and commercial addition projects.
Shubhang K. Patel, president of SAVITARA – General Contractors in Florida, can be reached at 1-800-245-9944 or visit www.SAVITARA.com
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