#1 WAY TO AVOID OVERPAYING FOR REPAIRS & RENOVATIONS
When I'm renovating a home, no matter how hard I try to control costs, I always end up paying more than what was on the contractors' original estimates.
I realized that it's because contractors love to use this sneaky technique of adding extra to the job. This is how it goes:
Contractor gives quote based on minimal amount of work required for job.
In fine print it will say that the price can be adjusted if the work turns out to be more involved than originally estimated.
Well, guess what, the work ALWAY turns out to be more than originally excepted.
So, how do we avoid paying extras?
1. Make sure you go over all the details of the job up front. If you forget something, it will become an extra
2. Make sure contractor gives your a best case, and worst case scenario of the scope of work.
3. Make sure you are clear with the contractor that you will not pay ANY extras unless they are discussed
and approved in writing FIRST, because the work is completed.
Use these 3 tips to make sure your next home improvement project doesn't cost you an arm AND a leg!
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5 things to do today to protect your home
Is your home ready for Winter?
It’s almost end of November so you know winter is coming soon. It starts to get cold early around here, and before you know it you got freezing temperatures.
When I first bought my house I didn’t take very good care of it, and I had no idea what to do maintenance-wise, especially for winter.
So I did some research and I started doing these 4 basic things every year around this time to help keep my home in top shape for the brutal months ahead.
#1. I winterize all the exterior faucets and hoses. I’ve had to replace a few of these over the years because I would forget to drain the water from the lines. Once it freezes it could burst
#2. I get my gutters cleaned. I’ve been guilty of not doing this in the past but now it is mandatory due to the amount of foliage in this area.
#3. I get my boiler serviced: If you have radiator steam or baseboard heat, get your boiler serviced once a year. You don’t need to get it drained and refilled, just have the plumber clean up the parts that usually get clogged up.
#4. I check for drafts. Check for drafts throughout your home. This is where you get to see how good your windows are. Calk around window or door frames where necessary.
#5. I cover and tie up all the furniture. True story - powerful winds have sent my stuff flying into my neighbor’s yard, destroying her furniture. Now everything is covered and tied down.
I know this might all seem like common sense
but for me it took years to figure out!
So if you haven’t done these 5 things already this year, it’s probably a good time to start!
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