In Phoenix, we’ve been seeing some eye-catching home remodeling trends that are very exciting. People are making the most of their space with additions, home renovations, and luxury upgrades and the market is noticing. Not only do these changes greatly improve your own satisfaction and enjoyment of your home, but they also offer a great resale value to future buyers when you are ready to sell. Customizations that are unique to your needs can also give you the freedom to express your personality while updates and modernizations keep your home current and lively.
How To Prioritize Home Projects: What Should You Start First?
Today's housing market is leading most homeowners to avoid buying and selling, and instead, they're focusing on remodeling the homes they're already in. Because of this, many homeowners want to tackle multiple home improvement projects, which makes it challenging to determine which project to begin first. If you've got several projects on the priority list, we've provided some questions to ask yourself so you know how to decide and conquer one project at a time.
3 Ways the Design Build Process Improves The Remodeling Experience
Remodeling a home takes a lot of careful planning and thoughtful design, along with a team of skilled contractors, to get the job done. The design-build process integrates the expertise of a designer and contractor who work as a team to design and execute your finished space. For many reasons, this method far exceeds the outdated and traditional design-bid-build process.
8 Essential Features of Luxury Home Remodeling in Phoenix, AZ
There is a difference between a home with a handful of high-end upgrades and a true luxury home. The distinction comes from the beginning, in the quality of the design and the finishing touches.
At Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team, we bring luxurious elements into even the most ordinary aspects of a home to make them extraordinary. These eight essential features of luxury home design can showcase your style, from highly practical upgrades to the splurges you make for yourself and your hobbies.
Surviving the Remodeling Emotional Rollercoaster
The remodeling process can cause you to feel a range of emotions that might make you feel like you're on a wild rollercoaster. With each new phase, you may feel the rising and dipping of excitement, worry, and exhilaration as your home begins to transform. If you're starting a new home remodel, the best thing you can do is prepare to know exactly what to do every step. Then, it's best to just buckle up and enjoy the ride! Let's look at the highs and lows of the remodeling rollercoaster of emotions.
A Home Remodeling Guide for Phoenix
Remodeling your home can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. When you hire a contractor like Hochuli Design and Remodeling Team to do the job, we make it our mission to walk with you every step, so your renovation process is smooth and as stress-free as possible. Together, we'll make sure your Phoenix, AZ remodel looks exactly how you'd envisioned it, without any surprises.
Does Your Phoenix Home Need an ADU?
Picture It: Multiple generations living nearby. Grandparents get to spend time with the grandchildren, and mom and dad can be there to support their parents as they get older. If you're worried that it could get very crowded, you should know it doesn't have to be. In this vision, everyone has their own space.
How Much Does a Home Addition Cost in Phoenix? [Updated 2022]
If you feel like your home does not give you the room you need to get around or live comfortably, investing in a home addition is a worthy consideration.
There are several benefits to a home addition. Physically expanding the size of your house in Phoenix is an opportunity to create more space for an extra bedroom for your growing family, a functional multipurpose room for work and play, or much-needed storage space. With proper planning and execution, expanding your house or adding an extra room can change how you use—and see—your residence and allow your family to live comfortably and enjoy your home for years.
15 Kitchen Designs Already Trending in 2021
With the new year comes surprising changes to the kitchen trends that shaped the 2010s. As homeowners revisit the colors and styles of the past, they see plenty of reasons to transform beyond neutral shades and simple lines.
7 Red Flags: Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor
When planning a home remodeling project, choosing a quality remodeling contractor is often the most important step in ensuring your satisfaction with the results. After all, you want someone who has experience completing projects to specifications, using quality materials, staying on budget, and meeting any deadlines they set.
But how do you know which contractors are reliable enough to hire?
Knowing what red flags to look out for is key when determining who among potential contracting candidates can provide their services dependably and efficiently. Read on how to identify warning signs indicating it's best to continue your search elsewhere.
1. Poor Communication
Communication is essential when hiring a contractor, no matter the size of the project. Your contractor should be in contact with you through every step of the process and keep you well informed. Contractors often have a preference for how they communicate with you, but they shouldn’t force you to use one or the other. For example, when choosing a remodeling contractor, if you prefer to use email, yet they rely on text messages, they should be willing to follow your specifications, at least for the most important communications.
You can often get a good idea of how effective a communicator a contractor is in your initial dealings with him or her. For example, is the general contractor quick to respond to e-mails or calls, and do they respond professionally? If not, then it might be time to look elsewhere.
2. Won’t Show a License or Insurance
Arizona law requires a license for most types of construction work. However, many home remodeling contractors claim to have a license and don’t. That can be bad for homeowners, especially if they get work from someone who hasn’t invested the time or effort to qualify for a license. Failing to get or keep a license may mean that someone doesn’t have the qualifications for the work they’re advertising. It might also mean they had a license, but there were so many complaints about their work that theRegistrar of Contractors revoked it.
When considering a potential contractor, ask them to show proof of license. If they can’t, there is a reason. Even if they show one, looking them up at the business bureau or the state licensing board is smart. This way, you can verify that your contractor has an active license and confirm that they’re licensed to do the work you need. As theArizona Registrar of Contractors' website states, "Anyone can pretend to be a contractor. Check the license."
When following up on the licensing, ask about insurance, such as liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Some projects require additional insurance to protect you, your property, and the workers on the job. Most contractors will cover this as part of their estimate, but you’ll want to follow up. If something goes wrong, the last thing you want is to get sued and be held liable for an accident you didn’t cause.
3. An Impossibly Low Estimate
No homeowner wants to spend more than they need to when undergoing a home renovation. However, a general contractor who offers a significantly lower estimate than others is a potential red flag. Their low bid may indicate that they are cutting corners or not including all of the costs involved in your remodeling project (expenses such as dust protection, debris clean-up or employing licensed sub-contractors).
4. Very Little in Writing
When you hire a contractor, documentation is the best way to protect yourself as a homeowner. When you conduct most of your communication over the phone or in person, you lose access to those records that help you ensure you get what you want. Sometimes, you have a misunderstanding with a contractor that would be better clarified in writing. Be wary if they’re unwilling to answer your questions by email or text. Contractors who won’t communicate with you in a way that leaves a paper trail may be trying to cover their tracks.
This is particularly true for the estimate. Never take someone’s “back of the napkin” quote as a final indication of what something costs or the total cost of what they expect you to pay. Get a detailed estimate and review it carefully before you let anyone start work or request permits. Go through each item and make sure that you understand it all. If you see vague terms in the estimates or categories like “labor” that cover the whole project, get clarification.
5. Lack of Past Work
Reputable remodeling contractors should have photos of their work from former clients readily available in a portfolio or gallery of completed remodeling project pictures on their website--not stock images. If you’re unsure whether someone’s work is their own, do a reverse image search to confirm.
Additionally, look at the contractor's online reviews in places like Houzz, Google and Facebook to help gauge their reputation and check references. This will also help you understand better the types of remodeling projects they do.
6. Inability to Obtain a Permit
Any reputable contractor should be happy to go through the process of obtaining any necessary building permits from your local government. If a contractor asks you to get the permits for any reason, this should be considered a red flag. More than likely, this contractor is asking you to do the work because he or she isn'tlicensed to obtain the permits as a contractor, which is a huge red flag. You may need to sign the paperwork, but that's the extent of your involvement in the permit process.
7. Requesting Total Upfront Payment
Contractors will set up a payment schedule and review it with you before the job even begins. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay a portion of your project cost upfront, but you should never be expected to pay in full before the home renovation project has started. A contractor who wants your business should allow you to put down a deposit and then render the remaining payment throughout the project or upon the project's successful completion. Ensure the contractor has clearly outlined the full payment terms and schedule in their contract or construction agreement so all parties understand when progress payments are due and for how much.
Also, be skeptical of any home remodeling contractor who asks you to pay by cash only. You want to have a record of your payment, and money doesn't allow for this. You'll have a payment record by paying by credit card or check. Additionally, only make checks payable to the company name; a home remodel contractor who asks you to write a check out to him may not be properly set up as a legitimate business.
There's much to remember when searching for the perfect contractor for your home improvement project. Take the stress and hassle out of this task; you deserve to enjoy remodeling your home.Learn more about the Hochuli's, and look at these additional homeowner resourceswe've included to help you choose a quality remodeling contractor for your project that you can trust.