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How to Choose a House Framing Company

Selecting a house framing company to build the skeleton of your new home is a task full of pitfalls for consumers who are not experts in the industry. It requires diligent research and thorough checking of facts and references. Start with a list of local companies, and narrow it down to a few potential choices by doing the following:
Visit the house framing companies’ websites and determine whether the companies seem to be professional and to have good reputations. Read customer reviews and the “About Us” pages to find out how long each company has been in business and what its qualifications and areas of expertise are. Determine each company’s area of specialization and make sure it is competent in drywall framing, if that is the type of work you want.
Select a shortlist of between five and 10 house framing companies to investigate further. Check each company with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for your state to see if there is any record of the company and feedback on its performance. Confirm legalities such as business registration, and find out whether the companies are licensed to operate in your state. For example, in Florida you can use the resources at sunbiz to check if companies are active and filing taxes.
By now, your shortlist should be down to around three to five house framing companies, by eliminating those whose credentials may not be impressive and those who have negative BBB reports. Contact these companies and ask each one for a list of at least 10 contactable references, as well as addresses where they have done other work. Don’t accept written testimonials, which are easy to fake, or comments on their website from “former clients’ who are not identifiable.
Contact each telephone reference personally, asking a variety of questions about the house framing contractor’s expertise, reliability, honesty, adherence to completion dates and any other points. Visit the sites for which you have addresses and inspect the drywall framing work done by the contractor as closely as you can, and speak with the homeowner if he or she is not on your list of telephone references.
Contact each of the house framing companies and ask for detailed, written quotations for the work you want done, with breakdowns of all costs including labor. The contractors should meet with you individually on site to survey the land available, discuss the home you want to build and identify any areas of concern. Ask each to explain what the job will involve, the equipment that will be used and whether they carry insurance for accidents or failure to perform.
Once you know which house framing company you want to use based on your research and reference checks, obtain the contractor’s draft agreement and get a lawyer to take a look at it before you sign. Make sure you know what is expected from you and when, and what the implications are for breach of contract by either party.

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Tips for Remodeling Your Home

When you decide on remodeling your home, there are some tips you can follow to make it the best experience possible. When remodeling your home, prices should not matter when it comes to the quality of your home. However, there are some things you and do to make it as wallet friendly as you can.
If you are always debating whether to remodel your home, just start by doing a little bit at a time. This is especially for the family that wants to do a big project. Split your project into different phases, and when you are paid, buy a little bit at a time.
Deciding your budget is a key element to think about, when you are wanting to remodel your home. Every home project needs a budget. Even if you do not plan on doing a lot, or only doing one room. You still need to come up with the budget. When knowing your budget, you can focus on what you can buy and when you can buy it. If you do more than one room, keep your budget, and do one room at a time to ensure not breaking the bank.
Get creative when doing some remodeling. You do not necessarily have to buy all new things when redoing your home. Refreshing your items can mean saving lots of money. Home improvement stores carry many items that can be used to transform older items into better working, and newer looking items. Refinish your older furniture, and re-stain your hardwood floors if you have them. Many people do not opt in refreshing older items; they stick with buying new items. You do not always have to spend extra money on hiring anybody to do this for you either. There are lots of books, and videos to look at to find out how to do these things the right way. There are many little things that add up to big results when redoing your older things.
Get ideas and get inspired by different items you see. Get ideas from the internet. If something jumps out at you, use that item for something. Some of the smallest of items can make a huge difference in remodeling your home. Make it fun for you and your family. This will ensure you to get to going with your project, if it is fun and simple. Allow your whole family to jump in and help with certain projects.
When you want to remodel your home, always think ahead. You may want to resale your home one day. Make sure with whatever you do, it will make for a great way to resale your home, and add value to it. Buyers will want a home that is well laid out, and appears very attractive. Always consider changes that are not permanent. Make sure that the things you do to your home can be altered.
Remodeling your home can be a job for you and the family. However, it can be a good thing to make for a better living space for you and if there is ever a possibility you want to resale, it can be a sufficient project. Remodeling a home requires perseverance. Always stick to your budget, and have a plan before you ever start. Good luck and happy remodeling.