Hiring the Right Contractor for your Home Improvement Project

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. One way to make it easier on yourself is by making sure you pick the right contractor for the job. A stranger will be in and out of your house during the course of your project. You want to invest in someone who’s trustworthy and gives peace of mind to you and your family. Here are some things to check for and to be wary of when you’re looking to hire a professional for your home improvement project.

How to find a good contractor:

  • Get referrals from friends and family.
  • Make sure to conduct thorough online research. Read more about vetting a company online.
  • Go in knowing what you want before you start asking for estimates.
  • Do over the phone followed by face to face interviews so you can put a face to the name of the person who’s going to be working in and out of your house.
  • Don’t let price be your only deciding factor, don’t forget that price does not always equal quality.
  • Get everything in writing – pricing, start and finish dates, etc. This makes it easier to follow up and fight a case if worst case scenario your contractor starts the job and disappears before finishing.
  • Verify with the contractor which part of the work they will be doing and which parts a subcontractor will do.
  • Before you make the final payments get receipts for all materials purchased.

Things to Check for:

  • You want to check and make sure your contractor has a license and insured in your state.
  • If you’re getting work done on your walls or pipes, check to make sure your contractor is EPA Lead-Safe
  • Check the references of anyone you interview for the job.
  • Length of the warranty that comes with the job and what the warranty covers in totality.

Things to be wary of:

  • The contractor is unable to give you a demo or actually show you what they’re going to be installing.
  • Your contractor can’t provide you with the written warranty or estimate.
  • The contractor tries to sell you on either the cheapest or the most expensive material without consideration for the quality.
These are a few tips to help you navigate hiring for your home improvement projects. A smooth process is a win for everyone involved.

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Unlike wood, vinyl doesn’t rot but it does crack and puncture over time. Like every other part of your home, your vinyl siding requires basic care and maintenance to keep it looking good as new. Here are a few basic maintenance tips to help your vinyl siding last a long time.

Yearly clean up:

Make it a habit to clean your siding at least once a year. Spring or summer might be a great time to clean your siding since it’ll be warmer out.  Scrub the siding with a stiff-bristle brush or a sponge depending on how dirty it is. Use warm soapy water mixed with mild detergent, rinse off with a hose and let dry.  You can use a pressurized hose to get to the far-to-reach places to wash off grime and gunk that has built up over time.  If there are any plants or greenery near the house make sure to cover them with a tarp so they don’t get dirty soapy water on them.

Paint:

Vinyl color is in the entire material instead of the surface so it can’t really be peeled off. If you want to change the color of your siding without having to purchase new siding, you can just paint over them. Use 100% acrylic paint for best results. Unfortunately, paint is just on the surface so it will wear and peel over time and repainting will be required to keep that color looking fresh.

Avoid heavy objects:

Vinyl can get brittle and crack due to cold weather and extreme heat conditions. One benefit, however, is that vinyl doesn’t rot like wood or bend like aluminum.  To help it last longer, be careful about parking or leaning heavy equipment like lawn mowers or bikes against your siding. However, for damaged sections, repair and secure them properly.

In addition to these basic care tips, don’t forget to regularly inspect your siding to make sure it’s still in great shape and are not hiding moisture in the walls. If you’re looking to replace your siding all together, Peoples Products provides quality Stylelite Premium Siding. Get your free estimate here! We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know in the comments if there are other things you do to keep your vinyl siding looking good as new.

Weekend Home Improvement

Home improvement projects can take some time and be hefty investments, but once complete it can be worth the effort. Home improvement projects can help to brighten up your home, help your home feel less cluttered and even improve the resale value of your home. Not everyone has the time or can afford big home improvement, but there are definitely quicker home improvement projects that are just as effective in helping your home look better. Little changes and updates that can make your home feel almost new again.

Here are some DIY home improvement projects you can get done over a weekend.

Garage cleanout

Has your garage become the holder of junk instead of a place to park a car? It may be time to clean it out and reorganize. Clean out garage clutter by throwing away what you don’t need, and keep what is important. Make some room in the garage to make it easier to move around and possibly have enough room in there to put the car back in. A weekend may be all it takes to actively clean your garage out.

Repainting/staining the fence

A fence plays an important role in protecting your home, providing some privacy and also framing your home’s aesthetics. Over time the paint fades on the fence. A faded fence ruins the aesthetics of your home. Luckily you just need a dedicated weekend and the right supplies to get your fence looking its best once again. Grab a few friends or family members and make it fun with some snacks as you work.

Rearrange the furniture

This can be one of the easier DIY home projects. If you’ve had your furniture in the same place for over a year it might be time for a slight change. You can move furniture around in the living area, like repositioning couches, moving the coffee table closer to the wall or center of the room. These are little things that can help improve the energy of space, sometimes making the room seem more spacious.

Repaint a room

Is the paint on the walls peeling, or in need of a change in color? With the right tools and a dedicated weekend, you can repaint a room, add a new gloss or matte finish with

new colors or patterns to change the feel and look of the room.

Apply new wallpaper

Not up for the task of repainting? For more patterns and options you can cover the walls with wallpaper. Wallpapers are sold in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. It’s a simple DIY project that brings some personality and uniqueness to your home.

These are just a few DIY projects you can do without having to pay a professional and still have your home feeling almost new again.

For bigger efficient home improvement projects, we can get you started. Just get your free estimate here.