Happy New Year everyone!
We have a new year, new resolutions, our best foot forward, and plans for what we will accomplish this year, including what we wish to improve on our homes! The question then becomes, “Where do I begin?’
Most homeowners know what they want or have a rough idea, but quickly become overwhelmed and bombarded when it comes to starting the project, only to put it off indefinitely, not get it done at all, and before you know it, this years project resolution for the home becomes next years, and the year after that. Not any more! Its time to take charge- let THIS be the year it gets done! Over the course of this year, with weekly blogs and tips, we will help you along the way as you plan and accomplish this year’s project, and hopefully, many more in the years to come.
Improving your home should be fun, and the sense of accomplishment is beyond gratifying! So before it becomes a headache, let’s review a few common mistakes and the simple solutions that can make the difference for you and your home.
1) Too Many Ideas at Once
Most of us have more than one project we wish to accomplish, even a grand design and a vision when its all through! That grand design is composed of many smaller parts, and it is by focusing on one, that first one, that we begin. (Rome was not built in a day, and neither was your home!) So let’s begin by prioritizing which project is most important to you THIS YEAR.
Let’s say for example, it’s the windows. Step 1 accomplished! Now we begin clearly defining the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ from there. How many windows are in my home? Am I replacing all of them, or starting with a few at a time? Which ones are my priority? These questions tend to go hand in hand with our next step.
2) Price- Budget and Affording
As the old saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’, and the same is true for home improvement. Buying low-end cheap products for your home is like throwing a cup of water on a 3 alarm fire- your arm (in this case, your wallet and time) will get tired before the fire goes out. In other words, you will replace lower end products over and over rather than replacing and moving on the the next project with finality. There will never be a finished grand design if you are going from one to the next continuously because of rushed decisions based on ‘cheap stuff we can afford right now.’
Start step 2 by getting out of the mentality that you can’t afford decent quality products. You don’t have to have a 6 figure income to afford the kind of home improvements you can count on- you simply need a plan of action that suits your circumstances and income. We define that plan by answering the following- am I planning to finance, or do I have money to put down towards this? What is my credit like? Even simpler- how much can I afford a month towards this? Micromanaging yields large results! Consider your budget, take on what you can afford, then move to the next. Using our example of windows, most homeowners don’t know off the bat how many windows are in their home until they stop and actually count them, then suddenly realize, there are a lot! Some folks start with a few windows in one particular room, others with the first floor this year, second floor next year- sit down and make a tentative budget ‘plan of action’. Personally, when I budget for ANYTHING in life, from groceries to bills, I factor in the space that may go over that budget, and if I am under budget, I generally consider it a pleasant surprise! Factor in the unknown and find your comfortable space. We are also here to help you, offering several different financing options tailored to suit your needs and helping you find a game plan that works best for you.
3) The Wrong Sources of Information
Many of us try to find out what we are up against by researching as much as we can- if you are reading this blog now, you are one of those people! While the internet is undoubtedly a great source of information, however, there is truly no way of knowing all that you are up against without a trained professional coming to your home, seeing what exists there, factoring in your preferences and assessing the entirety of the situation. Again using windows as an example, while you can look up a brand of window and it’s price, you may not know the difference in quality, material, or which qualities add value and why. This goes far beyond the measurements and material- do you know the sill type, or the jam-depth of your window? Nearly all homeowners, even those with above average home improvement knowledge, would not know of these factors or how they apply. Just as you would not see a dentist to fix a sprained ankle, you are best suited to seek out a professional who knows the in’s and out’s. This is why we offer free bids and estimates- you can spend hours upon days searching the internet and still not be able to come up with an accurate, thorough, and knowledgeable estimate the way someone who owns a window brokerage with 20+ years experience can. More importantly, making sure the knowledge and information comes from a reputable source with verified credentials and reviews, from Angie’s List to the BBB and many others is worth the entire project. You work hard for your money- don’t throw it away on a non-reputable company!
The time to plan your next project starts now, and we are here to assist you every step of the way! Questions or comments about this article? Call 314 656-1410 for further information and inquiries anytime!
Happy New Year from your friends at Energy View- we look forward to making this a great one along with you.