No Better Time to Start your Home Improvement Project
Although times have been rough lately as COVID-19 has decimated New York City, this is one of the best times to consider working on your next home renovation/apartment renovation. With interest rates so low and many companies available and eager to get back to work, you should consider calling a home remodel remodeling contractor.
You’ve Had Time to Think About and Design your Remodel
Odds are during this pandemic; you have had a lot of time to sit at home and think about what you like and do not like and envision what a new space could look like. Perhaps you have put off that kitchen renovation, or you just had that vision you had for a bathroom remodel come to fruition and your itching to get it done, especially if this Corona Virus could keep you at home much more for the foreseeable future. In a time where COVID 19 has brought a lot of people down, put a positive spin on these times, and bring in a home remodel remodeling contractor to complete that home renovation you need.
Before you bring in a specialist, you may want to take the extra time you have had on your hand to do some of the pre-planning needed for your house project. Therefore, this can greatly minimize any potential need for a designer or contractor to have to enter your house for any pre-construction activities.
First, you should take as many pictures as you can of your existing room you plan to renovate. Take it from all angles and be ready to run through all the existing features. Take pictures underneath sinks and depths of cabinets and flooring as well. When you upload photos, you could label things if you have a software that allows you, but if not, you can easily explain features of the room.
Second, take measurements, and a lot of them. Measure the length, width, and ceiling height. Measure doorways and any windows, and what type of clearances you have. Explain how big your appliances are and what brands they are. If for some reason you have access to blueprints of your apartment or house, that is a huge plus and can make the designer’s job much easier. If you do these two steps generously, you may find that a firm may not even have to step foot into your house until the first day of construction.
Use a Design-Build Firm
If you’re considering a large scale home remodeling apartment renovation and need some design assistance, then you should strongly consider a design build firm to help you. A design build firm’s staff is equipped and ready to work with you online and over the phone to run through your ideas and come up with a design for either that kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel you have desired. They have the computer technology on hand to easily share files through email and instant messages, so it is a painless collaborative effort.
Once the design is complete, a design build will handle all the permitting and approvals and bring in their licensed contractor to perform the work. It will work great because, throughout the project, you will only be working with one or two people, while the firm manages all the project steps.
Concerned about Safety? No Worries
For those who are concerned that bringing in people is a safety hazard, these contractors are fully prepared and have taken the precaution’s necessary to ensure they will not be carrying the virus into your house. They will ensure that they perform only what is necessary for your house, and any other contact with you will be via online or over the phone. When they are in your home, they will wear the proper masks and wash hands and/or wear gloves. There will be minimal interruption to their workload so they can get your home renovation done quickly. Safety is always the top priority.
Fiscal Responsibility First
For those who may have a more uncertain fiscal situation or limited funds, it does not mean that you should not move ahead with some of your New York City apartment or home projects. While a kitchen remodels may not be ideal for someone with a more constrained budget right now, anything critical like electrical work, HVAC installation, or plumbing repairs are relatively inexpensive and may serve more value to someone who may be home more frequently. While aesthetics is great to focus on, it is always important to make sure you have a house or apartment that functions properly.
More importantly, during this COVID 19 epidemic, you may start to see house values go down so make sure you are not investing in aesthetic projects that don’t improve house value, as during this time you may not get the rate of return on your home investment. So, do not let the pandemic shut you down entirely from spending money, but rather get some of those essential repairs done now.
Alternatively, you may find that during these times some contractors who have seen their work dry up may be offering their services at a discount. If you are in a better financial position, some of those non-essential repairs like a kitchen remodel and bathroom renovations have dried up for kitchen and bath specialists and they may offer their services at a discount to get back to work. A design-build firm can likely steer you towards a discounted price if that is your ambition to get on with your next housing project.
Do not let COVID-19 be defined in your life as a negative moment, but rather take a bite out of something positive. If you have the money saved up and feel your job is secure, use this time wisely to invest in your property. You will likely find a discount and will enjoy the space more if you intend to be home more often for the foreseeable future. Safety measures are intact so there should be no concern on your part. Bring in a design-build firm today to make your space the shining star during this rough time.