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    Categories: Remodeling

Do Your Homework Before Remodeling

A big reason many people go over their budget when remodeling is because they don’t do proper research. The remodeling process is a great time to ask questions and really explore your options. Having thorough research methods will save you both time and money during the actual remodel. We’ve aggregated a few areas to research before jumping into your remodel.

Manufacturer and Model Options
Price isn’t the only comparative measure when it comes to the make and model of your installation. You should also consider their warranty and guarantee policies. Cross reference with other manufacturers to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Materials
There are not cost differences between building materials, but quality differences as well. Typically, the pricier options means the quality of the product is higher and should last longer. With windows you must consider not only the glass but the frame material as well. Wood, vinyl, steel and fiberglass all have different pros and cons. Make sure you research each type of material.

Manufacturer and Retailer Specials
Manufacturers and retailers may have seasonal sales. Sometimes they become overstocked with a certain product and will sell it at a discount rate. Calling these manufacturers and retailers or visiting their websites should answer any questions you have about sales and specials. They can also let you know if there is a sale coming up soon.

Consider The Long Term Savings
Spending more money for higher quality materials will usually mean long term savings in the end. Do it right the first time so you don’t have to do it again. Energy efficient products may cost more upfront, but the savings you experience through lower bills could have you breaking even in the end. Look at your remodel as an investment, not a purchase.

Installation Methods
Are you handyman who can do it himself? If you’re not you may want to consider working with the retailer to see if they have a preferred contracting team who can help with your remodeling project. Youtube tutorial videos are great, but when it comes to door or window installation, leave it to the professionals.

You could save hundreds potentially thousands of dollars by doing your homework before a home remodel. Be sure to research some of the following areas: materials, manufacturer and model options, manufacturer and retailer specials, long term savings and installation methods. What are you waiting for? Start doing your research today!