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Choosing the Right Remodelers

Remodeling your home is a big deal, and because of that, you want to feel comfortable with whoever you’ve chosen to work on your home, like Best Buy Homes. If you aren’t sure who you want to work with yet, here are some tips that can help you to make the difficult decision of who you want to hire on for your remodelling job for your Winnipeg house for sale.

Go Check Out Other Work

Many times, renovators will be working on multiple jobs at the same time. Because of that, you may have the unique opportunity to go and take a look at the other jobs that they’re doing. Look at the work site, see how they keep it, talk to the people that they’re working for, and inspect the sort of work that they seem to be doing for their clients. For more, check out the best buy homes reviews.

Look For People Who Are Licensed and Certified

Even though this isn’t a must, it’s definitely a “should.” If your renovators are licensed and/or certified, then you have the backing of whatever organization that they’re licensed or certified through. They have to maintain and meet certain requirements in order to keep those things valid. Chances are, they’re going to be much more meticulous and they will keep up to higher standards because of those requirements.

Keep an Eye on Communication Skills

Because these are your renovations that we’re talking about, you want to make sure that the people you’re working with are good at communicating. How quickly do they get back to you about a question? Are they clear when they speak? Do they give you clear directions if they need you to do something? Are they open and honest about the process? Is the contract detailed and easy to understand? All of these fall into the category of good communication skills, and if they don’t have them, it’s going to be a bit of a rough ride for you.

So, if you’re looking to hire a renovator, make sure that you keep these ideas in mind. That way, you can feel comfortable with who you’ve hired and get the job done correctly the first time that it’s completed.

Always Plan Ahead When Remodeling

It may seem like it’s common sense to say it, but one of the best things you can do when you’re planning for a renovation is to plan ahead what you’re going to do. Why is planning ahead such a vital part of the remodeling process? Let’s look at a couple of the biggest reasons.

You Can Prevent Costly Mistakes

Townhouse remodels are really pricey and if you do something wrong, you could end up paying a lot of cash out of pocket for home builders. That being said, if you take some extra time, sit down, and plan exactly how you’re going to move forward with a renovation plan, you can make sure that those mistakes are kept to a minimum. This is especially true if you’re working with a contractor or another professional that’s in the field.

You Have Time to Change Your Mind

Some people will think about getting a remodel and then just jump on it, no questions asked. But, if you don’t plan ahead, then you may end up with a design that you don’t even like within a few months. By planning ahead, you can get a picture of what you’re going to end up with at the end of your project, and make any changes before you start buying things and ripping your home apart to make those drastic and significant changes.

You Can Set a Budget and Stick to It

Money is a huge part of renovations, so it’s important that you do everything that you can to stay responsible with the cash that you’re using. If you plan your renovations ahead of time, you will find that you can calculate how much it’s going to cost. On top of that, you can add things if the renovation (as it is) is going to cost less than estimated, or you can take things away that would add to your costs.

What tips do you have in order to make sure that you stay on point when you’re putting together your next home remodel? How do you ensure that you don’t make big errors or don’t throw a lot of cash away during it? Share your thoughts with us!

Bigger Homes

Large homesAlmost immediately following the Great Recession, the number of homes being built fell dramatically. According to Winnipeg Stonetops not only did new homes become less numerable, they became smaller too. Before the Great Recession, the average home was approximately two and a half thousand square feet; after the Recession, the average home fell several hundred square feet in size. But today, the average home size is much greater than it was previously. In fact, homes today are actually larger than they were before the Great Recession. It’s not uncommon for new homes to be around two thousand and seven hundred square feet in total size.

• Explanation?

– Why are new homes larger than they were before the Great Recession? Part of it is because the economy has technically gotten better, but another part of it is because people are trying to put more money down for bigger homes to receive a higher credit score. This isn’t true for all people; families who don’t have the money obviously won’t put the money down and pay the monthly payments for a big home.

• The Future

– However, if homes can become more accessible to middle income Americans and more people decide to buy homes, it’s likely that the average square footage in homes will fall back again. After all, numerous surveys have revealed that a majority of Americans (nearly three out of every five) prefer a single story home to homes that have multiple levers. In that regard, the increase in square footage we have seen in homes is largely temporary.

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– Another reason why average square footage will likely fall in the future is because people want their homes to be more accessible and versatile, with the ability to multitask in the same rooms. To this end, perhaps storage rooms and utility rooms will no longer be kept separate from one another, but instead merge in the same room with a slightly larger floor space in that room. Another example would be closets and basements no longer being separated; they may be merged into the same room and placed on the main level.

Flooring Trends Part 2

Here are some more flooring trends that have gained a foothold in the housing market in 2013 and 2014 and will continue on into 2015:

• Wood

– Wooden floors are still popular in homes, particularly in kitchens. These are not to be confused with the tiled floors that look like wood. The most popular kinds of wood floors out right now are laminated wood, which is significantly less expensive than hardwood, and many would say actually looks better. For those homes that do use hardwood, homeowners and builders are drifting over to dark stains and tones, such as walnut or cherry. In addition, while the floors are all perfectly new, homeowners are preferring that the wooden floors look old and mid century.

– Another type of wood that has really taken off is bamboo wood. Bamboo is becoming popular because it comes from a renewable resource, and many of the cons previously associated with it have since been remedied, such as shrinkage issues. Bamboo is also popular as it comes in a variety of different colors.

• Vinyl

– Luxury vinyl may not be near as popular in homes as carpet or wood is, but it is making headway on its own. To make the luxury vinyl more affordable that we see today, the color and look of wood can be printed into squares. In other words, you can practically take a picture of anything and then turn it into a vinyl tile, and it can be placed into any room. Most vinyl flooring is found in the bathrooms of homes.

• Tile

– Finally, tile is also becoming a more prominent part in the housing world. Notably, the actual tiles themselves are becoming larger than the typical foot by foot long tiles that older houses have. It’s not uncommon for ceramic tiles today to have dimensions of one foot by two feet. Many of the digital prints that are used on vinyl tile are also used on ceramic tiles, which can give tiles either a marble, concrete, or a hardwood look and feel.

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Flooring Trends

What is the fastest growing part of the housing industry besides moving services? It may depend on who you ask, but many would say it’s the flooring industry. Since there are so many new materials and options available for homeowners today, there are an abundance of new flooring trends. For example, many housing amenities that were previously only found in upper class homes have found their way into lower cost and more middle class homes as well. We’ll take a look at just a handful of the flooring trends that have developed over the last couple of years:

• Carpets

carpets– The new carpets in homes are both softer than before and friendlier to the environment. This is because the carpets of today are being made with different combinations of fibers. They can do this by taking old polyester and melting it down to make new fibers. This makes the fiber significantly more soft and eco-friendly. Previously, these kinds of carpets were only known as luxury carpets and were mainly installed in upper class homes.

– Many of those in the housing industry have been surprised by the emergence of luxury carpets into middle class homes. The main reason for this is because luxury carpet is well known for how soft it is; many homeowners and builders after the Great Recession has simply decided that the softness of the carpet is well worth the extra cost.

– For the actual style of the carpet, people prefer a patterned carpet with a clean finish that fits in well with the design of the hope. Some carpets are also cut and then pieced together like a puzzle to create more unique patterns, and significantly adding on to the personality of a home.

– Do all areas of floors in homes use luxury carpets? Usually not. Typically, in the modern homes we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years and into 2015, the luxury carpets are located primarily in the bedrooms and on the stairs, no doubt because these are two places where homeowners do a lot of walking.