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15 May

National Home Improvement Month is in May!

For most of the country, May is one of the best times of the year for projects. For us in Arizona, we like to get started on those home improvement projects before our belting hot summers relegate us only to places where we there is air conditioning! So it’s only fitting that in 2002, Congress and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry declared May as National Home Improvement Month to celebrate the traditions of home improvements that take place in the spring.

According to NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), the top 5 home improvement projects are kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, basements and exterior replacements and suggests that there are 4 major steps in the remodeling process. These include:

Step 1: Finding inspiration
The internet has a vast array of pictures and ideas for your remodel. Visit websites and buy magazines that have image galleries, such as Pinterest, Houzz and your favorite remodeling professional. Ask yourself why you are remodeling and what you hope to accomplish in the process. Is your family growing? Do you need more space? Is your home outdated or not functional? Does it need repairs? All of the answers to these questions will help steer you in the right direction.

Step 2: Creating a budget
Consider how much the remodel will affect the resale value of your home and choose one that will have a positive impact (such as a replacement front door). Remember when deciding on your remodel, that the size and scope of your project will greatly impact cost. While kitchens and bathrooms may be smaller, they also may require (expensive) plumbing work, appliances, electrical features and fixtures in addition to the other basic requirements of a remodel. Ask your remodeling professional about the many different quality options on any products you choose. Price does not always dictate quality (although often does), and features that you don’t need or want can quickly add to the costs. Choose carefully, take into account the age of the rest of the home, and buy products from reputable companies with good warranty options wherever possible.

Step 3: Selecting and working with a professional
When deciding who you should hire for your remodeling job, whether it be a general contractor, architect, designer or a specialist, checking references and reviews is the only smart thing to do. Word-of-mouth referrals from friends, relatives, colleagues and realtors remain your best sources for leads, but you should also check out Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau and other review sites for ideas and personal experiences. Ensure you are a given a written quote and a time estimate before you sign any contracts, and also check out the workmanship and product warranty. Ask to see working models of any products and be sure you get satisfactory answers to any questions you might have before making your final decision.

Step 4: Concluding your remodel
At the end of the project, take a moment to walk through and make any necessary requests for changes. Again, communication is key – ask your professional about anything you are unsure of. Also, be sure to find out any maintenance schedules you need to adhere to in order not to void the warranty. If you are happy with the way your job turned out, word-of-mouth referrals, reviews and references are the best way to thank your contractor. Offer to have your project photographed for their portfolio if at all possible

Above all, when you are ready to start your remodel, do your homework before paying a deposit. Call around, speak to professionals and choose the right fit for you. And if you are in the market for a new doors, gate, sunscreens or artwork, you know that our Design Consultants are standing by! (800) 360-1788