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May 15, 2019

3 Tips to Renovate on a Budget

A renovation budget helps you prioritize your project and prepare for any surprise expenses that arise. Whether you're planning a minor update or a major overhaul, keep these tips in mind along the way.

SUBSTITUTE

Substitutions will increase the style and function of your space for a fraction of the price. For example...

  • Acrylic Laminate vs. Marble
    • Marble costs $125-$250 per square foot whereas acrylic laminate costs $75-$120 per square foot. That's a difference of $50-$130!
  • Composite vs. Wood
    • Installing factory-finished hardwood floors in a 12x12 foot room costs $1,140-$2,000 whereas installing laminate flooring in the same room costs $1,000-$1,585. That's a difference of $140-$415!

DO IT YOURSELF

If you're ready to handle a challenge, think about making the improvements yourself. Depending on the scope of the project, you'll save money while improving your skills in the process. 

Take a class at the nearest home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Lowe's or at your local community college. Classes are often targeted at beginners, and you'll have an expert available to answer your questions. Tap into the knowledge of the staff at your local hardware store. Employees often have first-hand experience to answer any questions you have about your renovation project, and can recommend products to make it easier. YouTube offers a wealth of how-to videos for any project around the home. Watch a video or two before you start a project to see what it entails.

RETHINK YOUR PLAN

Do you want to make one big update or several small ones? If your kitchen is out-of-date and/or you're thinking of listing your home soon, a kitchen remodel may help you boost the value of your home. However, if your home is up-to-date or relatively new, small cosmetic changes can really make it pop.

RENOVATIONS THAT PAY OFF

  • Minor Kitchen Remodel -- ROI 79.3%
  • Bathroom Remodel -- ROI 70.0%
  • Family Room Addition -- ROI 64.1%

Completing a project yourself has its benefits, but know your limits. Consider hiring a professional for complicated or extensive work. If you're on the fence, visit DIYorNot.com. This website features cost estimates by zip code for many major renovation projects, both indoors and out. Once finished, contact The Swede Team and we can recommend handymen or contractors to help with your major project. Or, buy a new home with all your desired wants and needs by calling 571-377-8696 or emailing Team@TheSwedeTeam.com

May 8, 2019

How to Prepare for an Emergency

As of July 2017, there have been nine weather and climate disaster events with losses totaling more than $1 billion in the U.S. alone.

More than 80% of Americans live in counties that have experienced a weather-related disaster. However, only 39% of Americans have created an emergency plan for their households. While it’s almost impossible to predict when an emergency or natural disaster will occur, creating a plan may help keep your family safe in the event of one. The better prepared you are, the more comfortable you’ll be if you have to put your plan into action. 

KNOW THE RISKS

No matter where you live, your region may be susceptible to one or more emergency situations or weather hazards, including: earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes or blizzards. Although some of these events — like hurricanes — may provide some advanced warning, others — like earthquakes — are hard to predict. Most of these occurrences may lead to extended power outages; however, if you live in an area where they are likely, having a plan will help you prepare for the next event. Other emergencies can happen at any time, such as a house or building fire. Common causes include faulty appliances, electrical components and smoking. In fact, cooking equipment was the cause of 46% of home structure fires from 2010-2014.

DECIDE ON AN EMERGENCY MEETING PLACE

Emergency situations are chaotic. In the midst of the confusion, it can be difficult to get in touch with loved ones. Decide on a meeting place with your family ahead of time to reduce some of the initial stress. Choose three locations: one in the neighborhood, one in your town and one out-of-town, and make sure everyone knows how to get there. Your safe area may vary depending on the emergency—for example, in the event of a tornado or hurricane, stay away from windows and take cover in an interior room of your home or building, on the lowest floor.

MAKE A PLAN

Make a plan that outlines all the information you’ll need to know in the event of an emergency. Not only will it help you get to a safe location, it’ll also allow you to let your loved ones know you’re safe.

1. Create a spreadsheet that includes:

  • Names and nicknames of each family member
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Names of doctors
  • Places of work
  • Schools

2. Plan a safe evacuation route. If you’re home when an emergency occurs, you may have to evacuate with little to no notice. Select several safe evacuation routes, and make sure everyone is familiar with them.

3. Assign roles. Have someone turn off the utilities, like water and electricity, while another person packs the important documents and another grabs pets. Giving everyone a responsibility will ensure nothing important is left behind.

COLLECT IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Organize important documents in one place—such as an accordion folder or fireproof safe—so you can easily grab them in case of an emergency. Sort them into categories: personal documents, financial, home, insurance, taxes, health/medical and employment. Also, keep any flash drives, removable hard drives or other storage media in the same location.

PRACTICE

Now that you have a plan, be sure to review and practice it with your family regularly. The more familiar you are with your plan, the more prepared you’ll be in the event of an emergency. And, the more prepared you are, the safer you’ll be.

STAY CONNECTED

Know what to do when disaster strikes! Sign up for text alerts from your local emergency services to receive warnings and other up-to-date hazard information. Also, download weather apps to your smartphone to stay on top of dangerous weather-related activity.

REMEMBER YOUR PETS

Our pets are family members, too. Don’t forget to include them in your emergency preparation and evacuation plans. Visit ASPCA.org to get a free Pet Safety Pack, that includes a window sticker to let rescue workers know if your pet is inside or if has been evacuated. When you're searching emergency meeting places, make sure they're pet friendly!

Your Pet’s Emergency Kit

  • 3-7 days worth of food and water
  • Documents, such as copies of the pet’s medical records and current photos, just in case you’re separated.
  • Sanitary items, such as garbage bags, litter and disposable trays for cats, and cage liners for dogs.
  • Miscellaneous pet items, such as extra harnesses, collars, leashes, a travel carrier and a blanket

Visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan to download an emergency plan template you can tailor to your family’s needs. If any emergency disrupts your home, contact The Swede Team and we can recommend vendors to assist you or help you buy a new home.

May 6, 2019

New Construction Mondays: Virginia Crossing

An exceptional new home opportunity in the Gainesville area arrives to Haymarket, Virginia this Fall with stately residences by NVHomes at Virginia Crossing! Coming soon from the low $700s. The community is located off of James Madison Hwy. in between Villages of Piedmont and Madison Crossing!

Perfectly located within 4 miles of Battlefield High School, Virginia Crossing offers the perfect blend of neighborhood vibe and city-style convenience. Here, you can build a gorgeous new NV home from 3,500-6,500 sq. ft. on a half-acre homesite backing to open space. Plus, you’ll enjoy more included features than you ever thought possible: Signature kitchen with quartz countertops, handsome trim throughout, home technology package with Nest Learning Thermostats, and a grand owner’s retreat with tray ceiling and spa bath. Our modern floorplans offer flex spaces like private studies, first-floor guests suites will full baths, finished rec rooms, play rooms, and more. Plus, you can even add a covered porch for dining al fresco all year long. 

From Virginia Crossing, you won’t have to travel far for dining, entertainment, and shopping. Our new homes will be located just 2 miles from The Shops at Stonewall with Wegmans, just 3 miles to Piedmont Club, and just 5 miles to Virginia Gateway with Regal Cinema. Dulles International Airport is a short half-hour drive for easy weekend getaways. And proximity to I-66 opens you up to the entire Northern Virginia jobs corridor.

One of the homes placed on the page is the Longwood Model. Who says you can't have craftsmanship, an innovative design, and livability in this popular home? No matter which options you select, the Longwood comes in a variety of traditional, craftsman, and manor elevations to make this home your own! 

The foyer is airy and open to the dining room, making even formal dinners feel casually elegant. The kitchen is a gourmet paradise and features a huge walk-in pantry, eat-at infinity island, and built-in microwave and wall oven. The dinette is perfect for evenings at home and opens to the optional covered porch, bringing the outdoors in. A family room is large but still feels homey – don’t forget to add the fireplace for a cozy focal point. Tucked off in a service wing is a large family entry with arrival center and and coat closet, and a powder room. A study with optional book shelf makes the perfect place to work from home. Or choose a flex space for a hobby space or gift-wrapping area – whatever you need. You can even select a first-floor bedroom with a full bath for a guest suite on the main living level.

Upstairs the livability continues with a large stair landing that feels welcoming. The owner’s bedroom features double door entry, a standard tray ceiling, two huge walk-in closets (one with a full length mirror) and an amazing owner’s bath with dual vanities and separate soaking tub and shower with seat. Each of the other bedrooms have large walk in closets and access to a private bath. A laundry room featuring a sink and generous linen area round out the floor. You can even opt to have a loft on the second floor for an upper level gathering area – you won’t lose a bedroom! Many areas offer a finished lower level that can features a wet bar, full bath, and basement bedroom. 

Thinking of buying new construction? Contact The Swede Team today at Team@TheSwedeTeam.com or call 571-377-8696

May 1, 2019

5 Tips for Navigating the Real Estate Transaction

Thinking of buying or selling a home this year? Here are a few tips to help you get through the real estate process.

  • DON'T OBSESS ABOUT TIMING.

Many buyers and sellers attempt to anticipate the movement of the market so they can time their purchase or listing right. In realist, the right time to buy or sell is when you're ready to buy or sell. Instead of obsessing about the perfect time, focus on making sure you're ready.

  • CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Television and the experiences of your friends and family may color your expectations of the buying or selling process. Everyone's experience will be different. Learning more about the process and the state of the market will help you set realistic expectations. 

  • KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS IN CHECK

Most people go through the real estate process a few times in their lives. Buying a home is a huge investment, and buyers may put extra pressure on themselves to find the perfect home that meets all their buying criteria. Similarly, selling a home is an emotional journey -- you've put a lot of time and energy into fixing up a home and made a lot of good memories there. When emotions are involved, it's easy to make a rash decision. You'll feel more in control of the process if you try to stay focused and calm.

  • DO YOUR RESEARCH

If you're thinking of buying, check out the neighborhoods you want to live in, think of how long you'd like to live in the home and write down your must-haves and deal breakers. If you're thinking of selling, The Swede Team can help you position your home to sell in our market.

  • RELY ON A PRO

You're not alone on your journey. The Swede Team is here to answer your questions, ease your concerns, and guide you through the process. 

If you have your eye on a home, try before you buy! It's smart to visit at different times of day before you make an offer

  1. Rush Hour -- How long is your commute? The house may be 7 miles from work, but if you have to drive through 17 traffic lights or merge onto several busy highways, your commute may be much longer. Testing the commute is another way to help you decide if the home is right for you.
  2. Mid-Morning -- Visiting during the day allows you to see if any neighbors are home. You will also be able to determine if there is any additional traffic noise from autos or trains nearby.
  3. Mid-Afternoon -- If you have children, visit when school is dismissed. Not only will you see if the street is heavily trafficked at this time, you can also see if children use your yard as a shortcut.
  4. Evening -- Visiting at night provides insight into the personality of the neighborhood. Are there children playing outside? Are the neighbors entertaining guests? Are people outside running or walking their dogs? Is the neighborhood deserted? Once you get a feel for the neighborhood, you can assess whether you want to be a part of it.

The process of buying or selling a home can be overwhelming for many people. If you’re thinking of entering the market this year, remember to give us a call. We would love to chat with you about our local market.

April 24, 2019

Landscape Your Property to Sell

Many potential buyers drive by a property they're interested in before they arrange to view it with their real estate agent. If the outside of your home is unkempt or neglected, your potential buyers may overlook it, even if it's updated and clean on the inside. Make sure that potential buyers get a great impression of your home by improving and maintaining its curb appeal.

ADD COLOR: Low-maintenance seasonal plants in brightly colored planters add a pop of color to your landscape and create visual points of interest

5 GO-TO PLANTS FOR CURB APPEAL: Rhododendrons, Hosta, Boxwood, Lavender, and Hydrangea's are the most popular plants to add to front of a home to add instant curb appeal for buyers.

KEEP YOUR GARDEN BEDS IN TOP SHAPE: Weeds and dead plants may give buyers the impression that the rest of the home has been neglected. Pull the weeds, and clear away any dead leaves and plants.

PLANT COLORFUL FLOWERS: Inexpensive annuals such as pansies and daisies are an easy way to add splashed of color to your garden beds. Plant flowers in complementary shades or the same color for a high-impact monochrome effect.

MULCH: This makes the garden look more polished. It also helps the soil conserve moisture and prevents weeds. If you have mulch in your gardens or around your trees, freshen it up with a new layer

FRAME YOUR ENTRYWAY: Well-maintained shrubs tie together the look of a yard. When placed on either side of your entryway, they can create a pleasing symmetry that enhances the exterior of the home. Just be sure to keep them trimmed and well-shaped.

MOW YOUR LAWN: A well-manicured lawn makes an immediate positive first impression on potential buyers. Plan to mow your lawn once a week; more often if it grows rapidly.

Did you know that a few well-placed shrubs, trees and flowers, along with a well-manicured lawn can boost your home's curb appeal enough to reduce its time on the market by as much as 6 weeks? Think your home and landscaping is great to sell? Contact The Swede Team today at 571-377-8696 or Team@TheSwedeTeam.com

April 17, 2019

Do You Have Different Home Buying Habits than Your Parents or Children?

Buyers purchase homes for many reasons. However, studies show that each generation has their own buying tendencies that may differ from those generations older or younger than them. Find out what the differences are, and if you agree with your generational peers. Feel free to forward this information on to your family and friends

What do Buyers Choose in a Home? Younger buyers cite convenience to work, affordability, and the quality of the school district as reasons for choosing the home they bought. Older buyers say that living near friends and family as well as convenience to health facilities played a large role in their decision to buy their homes.

1,900 is the median square footage of home purchases by all generations. Millennials, Generation X, and Younger Baby Boomers tend to buy higher square footage homes, with Generation X buying homes over 2,000 sqft. The GI generation bought the lowest square footage home, just shy of 1,500 sqft. of space in their homes.

For Generations X & Millennials, bigger is better. Gen X and Millennials are moving towards larger, higher priced home, whereas Baby Boomers, the Silent Generation, and the GI Generation (aka, The Greatest Generation) are downsizing. It's thought that younger buyers seek to upgrade to a larger home and older buyers tend to want a smaller home in retirement or wish to sell the home due to the cost of upkeep.

We help buyers of all ages with their real estate needs. Call The Swede Team today to learn more about our local market or if you have questions about the buying and selling processes.

April 10, 2019

5 Tips to Improve Your Family's Time Management

If your family is like most, your mornings may be a chaotic flurry of everyone getting ready, while your evenings are filled with extracurricular activities, meetings, workouts, and whatever else comes up. Although many families wish they had more time together, busy schedules often don't allow this to happen. Here are five helpful time management tips designed to streamline your schedule and make the most of out of family time during the week.

  • ELIMINATE THE CHAOS

How much of your morning involves looking for your keys, your child's homework, or bills you need to send? Streamline your morning process with better organizational tools. Buy a pretty bowl to put your keys in and a letter sorter to place outgoing or important mail. Ease the stress of the morning rush with baskets placed near the entryway for your family to drop shoes and backpacks and use hooks to hang jackets.

  • TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF DINNERTIME

On Sundays, plan your dinner menu for the week or make the meals ahead of time and freeze them. Download quick, easy, and yummy recipes on websites such as delish.com and epicurious.com. The Cozi app also includes a wide variety of recipes sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

  • GET THE KIDS DRESSED WITH EASE

Do you spend time in the morning wondering what to wear (or wondering if it's clean)? For many families, dressing children and themselves within a short period of time is a challenge. Save time and stress by planning your outfits and your children's outfits for the week, or narrow each day down to two options.

  • BREAK UP HOUSEHOLD CHORES

Instead of spending the weekend cleaning the whole house, plan to clean one room or area of the house each day. It'll make cleaning less of a drag and free up your weekends to do fun activities.

  • TACKLE THE NOT-SO-FUN TASKS FIRST

Encourage your children to finish their homework when they get home from school. Similarly, tie up loose ends from your day and tackle any chores when you get home. That way, you have the rest of the evening to relax together.

Many of us want to spend more quality time with our families, but are bogged down by chores and other must-do tasks. We hope these few tips help you and your family to get organized. Share this info onto your family and friends to help them improve the efficiency of their homes as well.

Think you need a new home? Contact The Swede Team at 571-377-8696 or Team@TheSwedeTeam.com

April 8, 2019

New Construction Mondays: Blackburn

Welcome to the Blackburn, a community of townhomes and single-family homes; the community the area has been waiting for! Come home to a brand new townhome or single-family home in an amenity-filled community, close to commuter routes, shopping, dining, and more! For the townhomes, their newly designed floorplans are designed for the way you live. If you've been craving bright, open layouts and a gourmet kitchen with 3-4 bedrooms and 2.5+ bathrooms, these townhomes are for you! For the single-family homes, these designed floorplans and gorgeous craftsman-style exteriors have a modern design, space to host family and friends, and a gourmet kitchen perfect for any chef featuring 3-7 bedrooms and 2.5-5 bathrooms!

It includes future amenities such as a pool with clubhouse for hanging out, hosting parties, BBQ's and more, a fitness center, and tot lots for little ones to play.

There are lots of home designs in this large community with modern designs.

Mozart: The sculptural staircase sets the tone of elegant simplicity and functionality that continues through the rest of the home.  On the main living level, an enormous Kitchen with island opens onto a bright and airy living Room, perfect for entertaining and featuring either a handy coat closet or a conveniently placed powder room. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms with ample closet space, a hall bath, and a generous Owner’s Bedroom that features a tray ceiling and a huge walk-in closet. For a truly spa-like experience, the separate Owner’s Bath features a dual vanity and 5’ shower with dual shower heads. Several lower level floor plans are available – all feature options for a finished Recreation Room, Study, and Powder Room. 

Strauss: On the main living level, you’re greeted by an enormous living room featuring a large coat closet or a convenient powder room. A window-lined morning room off the kitchen provides room for dining and is accented with an optional hutch. Up a flight of stairs designed to be elegant and functional, the upper level boasts three bedrooms, two baths, and a 2nd floor laundry.  No need to worry about storage space – generous closets abound in all bedrooms.  The Owner’s Bedroom is a private retreat accented with an optional tray ceiling and featuring an enormous walk-in closet. The Owner’s Bath boasts a soaking tub and separate shower with seat. Several lower level floor plans are available.

McPherson (Front or Rear Loading Garage): The McPherson is an innovative townhome floorplan that gives you everything you need, with all the luxuries you hoped for. Enter into the home on the lower level where a two car garage means you’ll never have to worry about parking again.  A generous recreation room is perfect for entertaining – or choose the 1st floor bedroom and you’ll have a full bath. The main level features a modern open floorplan, with a generous island as the focal point of the floor.  The huge great room gives plenty of room for entertaining, while the large dining area can be used for more formal gatherings or as a second seating area – whatever fits your lifestyle. Add the optional 4’ extension and you’ll have a convenient pocket office with a double-door pantry and a planning desk built in. Upstairs the luxury continues with a huge owner’s suite featuring a double bowl vanity and oversized shower with seat.  The second floor laundry room is functional and convenient.   The secondary bedrooms are well-sized and feature large closets. 

Hudson: You asked, we listened. You said you wanted a home that was open, but still functional; beautiful, but practical. You said you wanted the spaces to fit the way you live, even if the way you live changes. So we designed the Hudson. Make the first floor what you want it to be, with an open flex space that can become a library; a study that can become a first floor bedroom with a bath, a huge island and living space that can feature a covered porch. The second floor has an owner’s suite that’s like a personal spa with a flexible bath and two huge closets. Choose an extra bath, a loft, or a bonus room – whatever you need, the Hudson can do it. Many areas come with a lower level that can be finished to have another bedroom, bath and wet bar.  The Hudson comes in a variety of beautiful facades, all featuring a covered entry.

Ballenger: The Ballenger is like the “Goldilocks” of home models – not too big, not too small, it’s just right. It gives you just the right amount of space, but over-delivers on flexibility. From a choice of attractive styles in front, to an optional covered porch out back, you can make it yours. Enter through the covered porch into the flex space – a room that’s whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s a living room, dining room or study is up to you. The kitchen comes with a huge modern island, and flows neatly into the dining area and large family room. It’s a great way to stay in the conversation while making dinner for family or friends. If you really want to cozy things up, you can add a fireplace, too. Upstairs, the owner’s bedroom has two separate closets, so there’s no tug-of-war over wardrobe space. You can have four bedrooms, or turn one into a loft, for a welcoming, second-floor living space. However many bedrooms you have, getting dirty clothes out of them is easy with an upstairs laundry room! In some areas, you can also finish the basement with another bedroom and a wet bar. 

Columbia: The Columbia is more than just great looking, it’s smart and versatile, with a spacious, inviting floorplan. It fits your life – functional, but never stuffy. A variety of gorgeous exteriors all come with a covered entry. Several areas in the home can be whatever you need them to be. For starters, the flex room can be your living room, dining room or a study with French doors. The family room flows into the kitchen and dining area, so you can grab a drink without missing the conversation. Add a covered porch for those warm summer evenings, or a fireplace for chilly winter ones. On the second floor, four large bedrooms await (or three and a comfy loft space, if you prefer). In the owner’s suite, there’s a huge, walk-in closet and your own luxurious bathroom. And as most of your clothes begin and end their day on the second floor, the laundry room is up here, too. Finally, many areas even have a lower level that can include a full bath, bedroom, and wet bar.

Lehigh: The Lehigh offers looks and smart design in equal measure. The foyer is open and airy, and can be whatever you imagine – playroom, living room, formal dining room. You could make it a glass-doored library for some old-world charm. Or use the secluded study, which can also be a first-floor bedroom. The kitchen has a huge island and walk-in pantry, and flows into the dining area and family room. A family entry keeps dirty shoes and wet clothes from flowing into your home. Upstairs, the loft makes for a great family hang-out or another bedroom. The owner’s bedroom is your comfortable getaway. Two large walk-in closets help avoid “space battles,” and the luxurious bathroom you can customize however you need. Many areas offer a lower level you can finish with a wet bar, full bath and basement bedroom. In the Lehigh, you don't have to sacrifice style for sensibility. 

Located in the Prince William County School District, your kids will enjoy learning at all ages. Commuting is easy with major routes such as Sudley Rd, I-66, and Prince William Pkwy are nearby. Shopping centers nearby include the Promenade at Manassas, Parkridge Center with the Regal Cinemas, Bull Run Plaza, and The Virginia Gateway Shopping center in Gainesville. Fun activities include the 2 Silos Brewing Company and the Winery at Bull Run. It is also 5 miles away from Historic Old Town Manassas

The Blackburn community is moving fast. If you're thinking about moving to this area, contact The Swede Team by calling 571-377-8696 or emailing Team@TheSwedeTeam.com! 

April 3, 2019

7 Great Benefits of a New Home

Low housing inventory in many areas of the country is causing many buyers to turn their attention to new homes in growing housing developments. Here are some of the benefits of buying a new home:

1. The home is tailored to your specifications -- Not only can you customize the paint color and flooring, you may also be able to work with the developer to choose a layout of the home that will maximize its flow to fir your needs.

2. You can focus on decorating the home to reflect your style instead of spending days repainting, updating appliances, and installing new flooring

3. Warranty. Most home builders include a warranty to take care of any repair work that might become necessary in teh first year.

4. New homes are smart; features include hard-wired smoke detectors, and can accommodate structured wiring, security systems, and your electronics as well as green appliances

5. Building codes require increased energy efficiency and a tighter-sealed building envelope to keep your home cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter.

6. You're part of a growing community. Many subdivisions offer amenities that encourage neighbors to connect with one another from common areas to organized block parties.

7. You may be able to get a better deal. Home building companies may be more open to negotiating a deal and may offer other perks if the home is financed through their own mortgage company. 

Are you in the market for a new home? New home construction is on the rise in many parts of the United States including Northern Virginia. If you have family or friends who are looking for a new home, forward this information on to them and make sure they contact The Swede Team for more information!

Feb. 13, 2019

Why It Makes Sense to Hire a Professional

Many homeowners weigh their options before beginning a home project, often considering its size and scope, their budget and their own technical abilities. However, there’s one other thing to consider: your time. Hiring a professional will allow you to spend time doing other things on your to-do list. If you’d like to hire a pro for your next renovation project, big or small, give me a call and I’ll connect you with reputable professionals in my network.

3 REASONS TO HIRE A PRO

1. It may be less expensive in the long run. A professional has the experience to handle the issues that arise in a timely and more cost-effective manner. While you’re watching how-to videos on YouTube or scanning instruction manuals for the right procedure, the professional and his/her team may have already completed the task.

2. One entity is responsible for everything, including materials, labor and budget controls. You won’t have the stress of procuring the right materials and hiring help if necessary. If there are issues with the project, such as delays, etc., you’ll deal directly with the professional.

3. Better chances of high-quality work. When you hire a reputable professional, you can be sure the work will be done to code and high-quality standards. Since they do these types of projects all the time, you can be confident that the finished project will meet your expectations.

STILL ON THE FENCE ABOUT HIRING A PRO? 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER.

1. Do you have the skills and tools to do the work well? If you don’t have the tools or the technical and mechanical aptitude, it’s best to leave your project to the pros.

2. Do you have the time to work on it? If you work full-time, you may only have time to do the work at night and on weekends. Working on the project sporadically will increase the amount of time the entire project will take. While time may not be an issue for smaller projects, the longer it takes to finish large projects, the more of an inconvenience they may become.

3. How extensive is the project? Major projects, particularly those that alter the footprint of the room or entail working with electricity or plumbing, should be handled by a professional.

4. What is the risk involved? Extensive projects often carry bigger risks. For example, if your bathroom renovation involves major plumbing tasks, you may increase the risk of severe water damage if the pieces aren’t properly tightened and installed. Similarly, if your project requires installing electrical wiring, you may increase the risk of fire if it’s not installed correctly. An experienced professional is able to mitigate the risk and ensure everything conforms with the current building codes.

5. Does the project require a permit? Depending on where you live, if a project requires a permit, you may have to hire a professional to complete the work. Contact your local building inspector to learn more about the regulations and permits that may apply to your project.

Need a professional to handle your next renovation? Renovating in order to sell your home? Give me a call and I’ll set up an appointment to talk about your home and connect you with a reputable pro in my network.