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Remodeling Your Mobile Home – Hiring a Professional is Always a Good Idea

Remodeling your mobile home is a great way to improve its livability and value. Tackling the project yourself in order to cut costs may seem like a good idea, but before you do, consider why hiring a professional is a smarter move.
Though mobile homes and traditional homes may seem similar, there are actually many important structural differences with which a professional is well-versed. A lack of knowledge will trip up even the most savvy home owner. This can turn a weekend project into a series of chores that never end. While a professional will initially cost more, the experience and knowledge you pay for will save you a lot of trouble.
Some remodeling projects, such as electrical or plumbing upgrades, require specialized skill, education, permits, and licensing. Improperly routed wires could pose a fire hazard. You will definitely want to hire a professional to make sure everything is done properly. A professional will know the legal and safety requirements necessary for completing the job. They will know when inspections are required and how to set them up so as not to fall behind on their project.
Permits are not required for relatively simple projects such as wallpapering or painting, but may be required for more complex undertakings. Permits are set up for the safety of the residents in all homes. They cannot and should not be ignored. Professionals know what types of projects require permits and usually have contacts within the city or county building departments to facilitate the permit process.
Take a moment to consult your homeowner’s insurance. If you take on a remodeling job yourself and accidentally damage your home, your insurance very likely will not cover the repairs.
Once you decide to hire a professional, you will want to do your homework. Check for complaints against the company online. Run a check on the company with the Better Business Bureau, and the Consumer Affairs Department for your state. You’ll be surprised how much information will be released to you, with relatively small effort on your part. Verify the contractor’s reputation and confirm that the license is current and valid. Once you are done checking, check once more. You will need to know that the contractor is insured, and that the limits on his insurance are sufficient to cover your project and workman’s comp in case of a worker’s injury. Any professional builder will be able to provide you with proof of insurance.
When you meet your choice for the first time, take some time to assess the quality of service you will receive by asking questions and making observations. You will want someone who is courteous to you, respects your home, seems knowledgeable and arrives on time. Discuss that contractor’s cleaning policy. Will they clean up when the go home every night? Will they clean up at the end of the project? Are there certain areas you must have clean? Once you are both on the same page, you can sit back and watch someone else handle your remodeling project.

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Deck Builders – Designing Your Perfect Dream Deck

It’s amazing just how many people who have a home also have a custom built deck. Of course there are many reasons that this is the case, but the obvious reason is because homeowners are hiring deck builders based on referrals from other satisfied clients. You probably already know of a friend or a neighbor who had a new deck installed recently. And as the nice weather is approaching, now would be a great time to consult with a few deck builders and have your own deck installed right away.
When a homeowner begins to work with a deck builder, ideally they should have a vision of what they want their deck to look like already before speaking with the contractor. But if they are not sure, then this is where the deck builders can assist the homeowner because of their knowledge and expertise.
Deck design is a very personal and as with most things associated with one’s home, the overall look of the deck will somehow be a reflection of the homeowner’s personal tastes. The overall deck design in most instances will also have to complement, and accent the home and become a distinctive part of the homes overall look.
While the design of the deck is important, what material is used to actually construct the deck usually is what will determine the overall cost of the project’s design. Good deck builders will not only be able to advise the homeowner about the materials, but also will be able to advise them about the cost advantages of one material over another.
In many instances, a homeowner may not be aware of the laws pertaining to required building construction permits for the city or town where they reside, but again this is where a highly recommended contractor is well versed in matters concerning building permits, and in most cases will handle the details for the homeowner.
The contractor will go over what the cost of materials should be with the homeowner. This figure can vary from project to project and the homeowner should have this explained to them by the contractor, as they may not understand that the same sort of deck design that a neighbor two house down from their home paid a few thousand dollars less for, more than likely had to do with the sort of material chosen for the construction of their deck vs. what material was used for their neighbor’s deck construction.
And of course, the contractor wants to get paid, so he will go over what he will be charging the homeowner for his time and labor in getting the deck finished. It should also be noted that any reputable contractor will ask for a partial payment of the total cost, to get the construction of the deck started. Usually this will cover some of the cost of materials and labor to get the job started and also the cost of the required permit(s) to begin construction.
Professional deck builders with a strong client base usually can complete a project on time and on spec, and in many cases even ahead of schedule. For time sensitive projects or for homeowners that are all thumbs it may be best to invest in the skill of a professional deck builder.