Comparing Apples to Apples in Your Home Improvement Project


Whether you’ve just begun your home renovation project, or you’re already taking on step 4 and 5 of your redevelopment plants, you’ve probably heard that you should get multiple bids. But how do you compare companies that bid completely different from each other? Getting more than one bid may sound simple, but inconsistency across estimating procedures can make it difficult for you to make an educated contractor decision.Home Improvement


So how do you compare home renovation companies apple to apples?


Your project is completely unique, and every company you speak with can bring various assets to the table. In order to compare them fairly, you have to be looking at the same specifications, materials, and project scope.


Consider these tips to compare companies applies to applies.


  1. Use the Same Spec Sheets


In order to compare companies equally, you’ll want them each to estimate your project in the same manner. If you like the way that the first contractor bids your project, request that all of the other contractors you speak with bids in the same way, on the same aspects.


  1. Avoid Low Bidders


Contrary to popular belief, the lowest bid that you receive is not necessarily the best. Often times this can be a red flag. Low bids can often give you an indication of inferior materials, cutting corners on quality, a misunderstanding of your project requests, or a lack of experience. In some cases, companies may rope you in with a lower bid only to surprise you later on with expensive upgrades.


  1. Make a Checklist


Keep in mind that some companies may be a better fit for you than others. In addition to price, it’s important to compare several other important points. What’s the point of discussing an estimate with a company that doesn’t hold property and liability insurance or valid state permits?


Before discussing a contract, make sure you that your contractor measures up in these key areas:


  • Valid State Licensing and Permits
  • Length of Business
  • Employees vs. Contracted Work
  • Holds Liability Insurance
  • Reasonable Payment Schedule
  • Work Guarantee


Remember, hiring a contractor for your home renovation job is an important decision. Consider these key steps before deciding on a contractor that is the right fit for your home!\




How Many Different Floor Types Are Too Many For The Main Floor?

You’ve decided that your house needs new floors, and you’ve found what you think are great fits in different rooms – but how many different floors is TOO many for the main floor in your house?

Using different floors in your home is an art form and often requires the assistance of a designer. Too much variety in flooring can make your home appear choppy, and from a resale point of view, can quickly turn off buyers.

So how many floor types are too many?

There are no hard fast rules on how many different types of flooring is too many, but there are some key principles you should follow. The most important to keep in mind is that you want your home to flow aesthetically. Entering a tiled foyer, a wooded living room, and a differently tiled kitchen is just too much.

The type of flooring that you choose should complement the size of your house. If you have a large foyer, 6,000 square foot house, you can easily use ceramic, cork and wood all together in the same home. If your house is on the smaller side or you live in a townhome, flooring that looks similar will help you open up and feel more spacious.

The goal with flooring is to have people’s eyes keep flowing, from your entryway to the rest of your house. Various and abrupt changes in textures and colors can prevent that and disrupt the eye.

This doesn’t mean that you have to use one flooring type in all rooms in your house. Floors can mix as long as transitions are gentle in texture and tone.

A general rule of thumb: Stick with only two types of flooring on the main level of your home – if one of these textures is carpet, stay with the same carpet throughout. Generally, hardwood and carpets work well together. More than three different types of flooring are definitely too many.


Light Fixture Trends

Light FixtureIf your perception of light trends is that lighting design tends to be short-lived or not worth looking into, you should leave room for reconsiderations. The fact is that light trends not only serve as an indicator of where the light industry is headed but also reflects the latest creative technological advancements in the design world.
As we move through 2017, here are some of the lighting trends you’ll want to pay close attention to in order to ensure that your design choices reflect the best of what’s available in the lighting market right now.
Wall Plate
If wall plates currently stand as an afterthought in your interior lighting plans, we strongly encourage you to re-evaluate. The right wall plate has the power the dramatically Bolden your design narrative, or subtly uplift any room. The trend leans toward modern or contemporary, minimal designs that add just a touch of sophistication.
Falling Back to Modern
If you’ve spent any time flipping through pages of recent home décor magazines, or even dined at a contemporary restaurant of late, then you are well aware that Mid-century Modern design is coming back to stay. This in-demand lighting style pairs smooth clean lines with appealing minimalistic shapes. One of the most sought after qualities of these historically inspired recreations is that the fixtures tend to hold timeliness, iconic quality that never seems to go out of trend
Steam Industrial
Commercial and industrial trends have long since strived to gain its place in interior lighting, gaining, even more, steam during 2017. Industrial type light fixtures are often designed to focus light downward and other directions. The best part? Industrial lights are available in a variety of modern and traditional styles and a variety of finishes.
Energy-Saving LED
If LED is your lighting aesthetic of choice, you’ll love the trend of this leading edge, energy-efficient technology. LED’s subtle design and clean, sharp patterns are a key indicator of where the future of lighting design lies.