Foundation Repair Contractor

If your house or any part of your property experiences foundation failure, it is not a job you want to correct yourself. In order to do this properly you would have to be extensively trained and have a fast knowledge on the subject. This is not your everyday fixer upper project. Chances are to get the job done right; you are going to need to hire a professional. If you are like some people, this might make you a little uneasy. After all, how many times have you heard about contractors taking advantage of their customers? Some not so ethical contractors will charge you more than the job is worth. If you are a little uneasy calling in a professional, here are some basic guidelines for what to expect from a good foundation repair contractor. The first thing any foundation repair contractor should do is an initial investigation and then a foundation failure report to some extent. Report will explain how severe the problem is and list the proposed repairs needed. If they are going to have to pier, they much included pier spacing and foundation lines in the reports. This takes some time. It might not be a one visit evaluation.   A foundation repair contractor may have to come out, do an investigation and then present you with a formal report at a later time that will detail all the work. If you find a contractor who quotes you a price right then and there, chances are they are not a good one. Also do not be surprised if you are charged a fee for the inspection...

Taking Your Final Walk Through

Before you close on your custom new home, you and your builder will “walk through” the house to conduct a final inspection. This is the best opportunity for you to learn how your new home works and to notice items that need to be fixed or adjusted. At the same time the builder will inform you about the following items: The operation of the house’s mechanical systems. The homeowner’s responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep. Warranty coverage and procedures. With a new house, you will be receiving a stack of instruction booklets all at once. It helps if someone can take the time to show you how to operate all of the kitchen appliances, the heating and cooling systems, heat recovery ventilator, the water heater, alarm system, and other features in the home.   Such an orientation is particularly useful considering that when moving into a new home, people often are so busy that they have trouble finding time to read instructions. All new homes come with a one-year warranty on workmanship and materials for the most part. Structural defects are covered for up to seven years depending on the problem and the place.. These types of warranties do not cover problems that develop because of failure to perform required maintenance.   Should a warranted problem arise after you move in, the builder is likely to have a set of warranty service procedures to follow. Except in emergencies, requests for service should be in writing. This is not because the builder is trying to be bureaucratic. Rather, it is to ensure that everyone clearly understands the service to be performed....

Bathroom Design Ideas

In our day and age it is actually possible to over accessorize a bathroom. With so many bathroom decorations on the market, from toilet seat covers to over the toilet shelving, it is very easy to get carried away with decorating the smallest space in your home. Your bathroom design should be based on one simple concept; keeping it simple. Creating a visually appealing bathroom while sustaining its functionality will create comfort for your guests and your family. A bathroom should be considered the extension of a guest room in that it should be kept clean and comfortable. Hardware options are basic concerns when designing a bathroom. Faucets and spigots, as well as tubs and toilets, manufactured in a number of shapes and materials can become the centerpiece of your bathroom. Open showers are very popular and claw-foot bathtubs are always considered to be classic and attractive. By simply choosing a certain style tub, you can create a sense of “old world” charm, or heighten your guest’s sense of modernism. Quick Tip: Evaluate privacy issues first; don’t put the toilet and tub too close together. Is it possible to design your bathroom around a favorite theme? The answer is most certainly “yes.” Keeping in mind that less is more, have fun hanging pictures and displaying unique hand towels and candles. Simply remember the bathroom is a small space and should be kept clean and uncluttered. Choosing a decoration pattern that will coordinate with the rest of the home will open many design possibilities. Finding a color or pattern inspiration from your favorite artwork may be the first step toward...

How Much Will It Cost To Build Your New Home?

Dreaming of building a new home, but worried about the expense? Long before you draw up the final plans, it pays to do some “guesstimating.” Knowing how much the project might cost will help you modify your plans to meet your budget. 7 Tips To Lower Home Construction Costs… 1. Contact Local Builders: talk with several custom builders in the geographical area in which you plan to build to get a rough idea of what it may cost to build your house. Builders can give you a range of costs with the associated quality/features. If you are serious about building and feel comfortable with a particular builder, consider having the builder work up some more detailed plans and an estimate of costs as part of a design-build process. 2. Start With Plan The Builder Has Used Before: It may be to your advantage to start with a plan that the builder has used before and “customize” it to suit your objectives. The builder already knows how much it cost to build and what it took to build that particular model. 3.Standardize The Size of Home: When building a home, it’s best to work with even numbers. Have your home size rounded up or down to increments of two feet. This reduces wasted materials. Also, it’s most economical to build a home which is no deeper than 32 feet. If the depth exceeds 32 feet, then your roof trusses may need to be specially designed and will be more expensive. 4. Some Features Cost More: The most expensive areas in a home are usually the bathrooms and kitchen. The number of...

Construction Price Per Sq Ft

Dilemmas with Pricing the House per Square Foot One of the first steps in building a home is determining your budget. Contractors often try to avoid firm and exact prices, preferring to “leave the door open” - You should not allow this to happen. Dilemmas with Pricing the House per Square Foot After sorting through the issues of location, price, floor plan and features, do we go with Builder A or Builder B? For many new home buyers, the choice comes down to which one offers a lowest cost-per-square foot price.Unfortunately, It has been said that estimating a home on a per square foot bases is like estimating the cost of building a house by counting the number of electrical power points in the building plan.There are several problems with this approach. First, no two builders work alike or use identical materials, so the calculation will not be an apples to apples comparison. Observant buyers who know something about material costs may factor this in. For example, if Builder A’s standard kitchen cabinets are white with vinyl wrapped raised panel doors and Builder B has oak cabinets with flat panel doors, Builder B’s costs are higher.Builder B’s costs may also be higher in less obvious ways. For example, he may use a 90 percent efficient gas furnace instead of a 78 per cent efficient one. Or he may use plastic pipes instead of copper ones, or he may use stronger concrete for your slabs so the cracks are hairline instead of ¼ inch wide. What no one is telling you… Even when builders in the same market are consistent...

Build or Buy a New Home

Do You Feel Frustrated With The Home You’ve Been Living In? - Advantages and Disadvantages of Building a New Home Advantages of Building a New Home: When building a new home, you have a great deal of control over what the home will be like. You can pick out the material, floor plan, decorating etc.The house may be a much better fit for your lifestyle and interests. Everything is new. Repairs and maintenance will less likely be needed. A new house may have a warranty. You can take advantage of newer technology, newer materials, and more modern floor plans. You can create a more energy efficient home and save on utility bills. Your property taxes will probably be less during the first year (because the land might be taxed as undeveloped land). New subdivisions tend to have better utilities (such as buried electric lines) and are therefore less prone to outages caused by storms. Also it is more attractive not having telephone poles and wires strung through a neighbourhood. New subdivisions also tend to have better streets. Home insurance may cost less for new homes. New homes have newer materials, conform to newer building codes, and are less likely to have problems than older homes. Because of this, some insurance companies offer lower insurance rates for newer home. Last but not least is the  Pride of Ownership; which occurs from a home that you “helped create”. Disadvantages of Building a New Home: It may be harder to find a good location or a convenient location to put the home. It is becoming harder to find land to build a...

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