Taking Advantage of a Buyer’s Market Without Getting Taken Advantage of …
• Reputation and References: Only hire reputable professionals that provide you with current references that you actually call and talk to. Don’t hire your neighbor’s friend from church who works out of his 1985 pick-up truck.
• Residential Experience: Do not hire a commercial professional to do a residential project. The two building types are completely different animals. Would you take your child to a vet or your dog to the pediatrician? I hope not.
• Don’t Automatically Go With the Low Bid: The lowest bid is rarely the best choice. Get at least three bids and if one bid is significantly lower than the others, then they probably left something out or they don’t know how to estimate. Ask your designer to review the bids and compare them with you.
• Desire Quality not Quantity: Bigger isn’t always better, so don’t sacrifice quality building products or methods for more space. Your renovation done right will add value to your home and life, but poorly built additions and renovations will actually decrease your home’s value and result in headaches and repairs galore. If you don’t know the difference between high quality and poor quality building products and methods, you need to hire a designer that does.
This is great time to take advantage of some lower construction costs, but there are also more people willing to take advantage of you in the process. Don’t be afraid to pursue those renovations and additions you’ve been dreaming about. Just be smart about who you choose to help make them a reality.