Greater Pacific Construction - Home Remodeling Projects for Summer

Home Remodeling Projects for Summer

Nothing says summer like outdoor barbeques and family get-togethers. As a smart homeowner, you must have been making mental notes, throughout the dreary winter months, of the things you would like to renovate or remodel. Now it’s time to turn those home remodeling ideas into a list, the list into a plan and the plan into projects.

The Purpose behind the Change:

the two main reasons for home improvement are:

  • Upgrading for more comfort
  • Reselling

Whatever you choose to remodel, renovate, add, install or build, depends on the sought outcome. But first there are three essential steps:

  1. Make a plan: Decide whether you require Interior or Exterior renovations
  2. Decide on a budget: It is worth your while, in the long run, to invest in good quality renovations and additions
  3. Choose a contractor: your choice must be a licensed and bonded commercial general contractor

The plan:

Decide what type of renovations is most essential.

Interior Home Renovations include:

  • Kitchen upgrading: granite counter tops, kitchen cabinets, plug points for appliances, backsplashes
  • Bathroom renovation: showers, cabinets, faucets, sinks, lighting, plumbing, countertops, hardware
  • Living room and bedrooms renovation and remodeling
  • Addition of a new room
  • Flooring
  • Walk-in closets

While the most popular Exterior Home Renovations include:

  • Deck building: Get a deck constructed and spend summer evenings there with your friends.
  • Backyard remodeling: Have a charming gazebo installed in the backyard
  • Pool building: Have an in-ground pool built for your children to enjoy a great summer
  • Roof renovations: Very important repairs after the wear and tear caused by the harsh winter weather
  • Exterior Siding or Re-siding: Again, very essential repairs to carry out for more safety and protection.
  • Landscaping Enhancement: Add charm and beauty to your home with fresh new ideas for the landscape
  • Front door upgrade: Give your home that added edge and enhances its value

The Budget:

This could turn out to be quite a challenge. Have a detailed and prioritized plan to help you understand where you need to spend more. A reputed general contractor in Orange County will help you make these important choices at this stage.

Decide how you are going to finance your remodeling plans. Research charges of contractors and prices of materials. It’s important to remember here that a little extra investment goes a long way and works in your favor, should you decide to sell your home in the future.

The General Contractor:

There’s really no end to what you can do and an experienced general contractor in Orange County can have these renovations and additions constructed in the least time possible, with the least discomfort or inconvenience to your family and neighbors.

Greater Pacific Construction in Orange County are reputed and experienced general contractors. They have a very impressive portfolio of Home Renovation and Home Remodeling projects executed successfully and to the complete satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.

Greater Pacific Construction - DIY Home Renovation versus Hiring Professional Home Renovators

Home Renovation DIY vs Hiring Professional Home Renovators

Home renovation lists cost as one of the major considerations. In such cases, some homeowners would weigh in on doing a do-it-your (DIY) own home renovation or hire a residential contractor.

Let’s have a look at the advantages of opting for a DIY or hiring a residential contractor to do your renovation.

What exactly is a DIY? DIY is defined as an activity of decorating or repairing your home by yourself rather than contracting someone to do it. The Internet offers a myriad of suggestions on DIY projects from simple to complex. A DIY person may not necessarily have the skill to handle a home renovation project. Painting a wall is something most able person can carry out. However, if the project involves plumbing or electricity, then it’s best to have a professional work on it. In short, when doing a DIY, think about time, level of difficulty, and safety.

A residential contractor is a professional who builds and renovates homes or manages such projects from beginning to end. They are typically responsible for securing permits, overseeing labor, and hires construction specialists such as electricians and plumbers. It is the responsibility of the residential contractors to inspect the project from time to time for progress or any issues that may arise and must be remedied. In Orange County, Greater Pacific Construction is a premier residential contractor with numerous successful home builds and renovations.

Let us list down what must be considered between DIY versus hiring professional residential contractor.

DIY

  • Time. A DIY home renovation will definitely cost you hours more than cash itself. So if you only have the weekends to install wood flooring yourself, how much time would it take you to complete it?
  • Skill. Watching a video on how to change flooring is different from the actual application. Can you align the hardwood floor? No matter how expensive your flooring materials are, it will look cheap if it’s poorly done.
  • Cost and Savings. When you have estimated your potential savings from DIY renovation and the time involved, just divide the savings over the time and that’s potentially your cost savings for each hour of work. This is often overlooked by DIYers thinking that they get to save on labor costs when they don’t hire professionals. Would you be willing to work for that rate (especially if you miss out on work because of your project)?
  • Safety. Is it safe for you to carry out a renovation on your own? Ask yourself what the worst thing that could happen to you if you do the job. If it could potentially harm you because you’re not skilled enough or the work is too dangerous for you, then don’t.
  • Home value. Will it damage your home or potentially lower the value of your property? Think about that bathroom renovation. Will you be able to properly install bathroom fixtures? An ill-fitting fixture could result to years of weakening if unnoticed and a leak could damage your wall. Some buyers would want to know renovations or repairs done on the property and would factor the work of a licensed general contractor versus a DIY.

Residential Contractor

  • Cash. Money is the biggest investment when hiring a residential contractor. It is always best to compare your costs by trying to ask at least two contractors for estimates. Consider the contractor’s reputation, past projects, and recommendations when deciding to get one. Do your homework by checking their ratings, licenses, and up-to-date insurances. Sometimes, more than the face value of money, it’s the quality of work that makes it worth your cash.
  • Type of project. How complex is your home renovation? Is it just a room or the whole house? Some projects would also need special permits to carry out. A contractor would be able to take care of needed permits prior to starting the project. The bigger the renovation requirements, the more valid reason why hiring a professional matters.
  • Quality of work. When working with a reputable contractor, home renovation projects are thoroughly executed and supervised. A skilled professional is assigned in different aspects such as plumbing, electricity, ceramic tile or hardwood flooring fitting, HVAC, and others. Consumers who hire professionals do so because the completed projects end up having better functionality or livability.

When faced with the desire to renovate your home, always consider your options. Think about materials cost, length of time to complete, skill sets needed. Be honest with yourself if you really can do a DIY project thinking you save but not realizing that mistakes will cost.

A general contractor for home remodeling or renovation is ready to look into your desire to make necessary improvements to your property. Greater Pacific Construction-Residential in Orange County is of great reputation and experienced general contractors. Currently, they have quite impressive portfolio of Home Renovation and Home Remodeling projects completed successfully and to the utmost satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.