8 Tips for Efficient Home Maintenance

Home maintenance includes keeping your home in great repair, but also basement remodeling and up keep. When doing home maintenance and basement remodeling, find a reputable handyman or contractor. If you do not feel confident about any of the contractors in your area, do it yourself guides are available, and remodeling can be very fulfilling. It can also be quite stressful!
• If you want to include basement remodeling in your home maintenance schedule, transforming your ugly unfinished basement into bonus living space can actually improve the value of your home. It is often best to avid the common pitfalls of do it yourself, but if you have expert advice on walls, entertainment rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and storage spaces it can be extremely rewarding to jump in and being constructing. You will need to know how to do electrical work, plumbing, and how to hide all the ugly beams and wiring that basement remodeling exposes.
• It might be advantageous to look through decorating books to get ideas on how you want your basement to look. Design pamphlets, agencies, and remodeling books can also have great ideas for home maintenance and remodeling basements.
• Do research. Do not go with the first local basement remodeling contractor you find in the phone book. Check out credentials. On the web, there are nationwide contractors who have helped thousands of homeowners with remodeling needs. Get their opinions. Remodeling your basement may seem simple, but it is not.
• Go to your local contractor’s development agency or community better business bureau. Get multiple quotes from many contractors. You will find it very interesting that there are many different prices available. Do not always choose the lowest price. An old adage is “you get what you pay for.” Research and discuss options with all contractors.
• Make sure your contractor uses quality materials. Do not skimp. After all, this is your home and the place where you will be entertaining and living. Always get a “no obligation” quote and give contractors the opportunity to compete for your business.
• Questions you should ask when hiring a contractor for your basement remodel include determining whether or not they are licensed, bonded and insured. Double check credentials. There are many stories of contractors who have false credentials, take your money and either do not start, complete, or even begin your remodeling job. Most companies are required by law to meet minimum requirements, and you should not hire any contractor without these documents. You will find that the majority of contractors are honest and hard working and do have references and credentials.
• Ask for pictures and testimonials. Just as if you are hiring an employee references can be a great help. If your contractor hires subcontractors, make sure these subcontractors are also bonded and licensed. Never hire any unknown contractor without “checking” them out first.
• With the difficulty of selling your home in today’s markets, home maintenance and upkeep plus additional space options will give you an edge if you choose to sell.