“To hire or not to hire … that is the question”
Okay … it’s time. You’ve discussed this home improvement on and off for quite some time. You’ve clipped pictures from magazines, created an ‘idea-book’ on Houzz® and written lists of ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. Now it’s time to take action and pursue the ‘dream project’ that will truly improve the quality of life in your home …perhaps even make the difference between wanting to stay in your home versus moving. But a big question looms before you … how to proceed? Should you ‘do-it-yourself’ or hire professional services?
Many home improvement projects can be done by the homeowner. The most important consideration should be that you have the desire, time, skill and patience to tackle a project that could leave your home in a state of ‘construction zone’ for weeks, if not months. Tackling a major project can be very satisfying so long as you know what you are doing … especially if significant structural and mechanical changes are involved.
Alternately, if you are embarking on a major renovation of your home, be it a kitchen or bath project, a basement completion or an addition … and, if you want this new space to both function and look its optimal best … then retaining the services of a professional design/build company may be the best investment you could make.
The term ‘design-build’ is used to describe a service that takes you from the very beginning stages of a project (budget development & needs assessment) into a thorough design study offering cost options, product specification and selection; and provides comprehensive management services for the construction phase of your project.
There are many reasons to choose this direction, besides the obvious benefit of experience and expertise brought by a professional … one of the most compelling is the convenience of ‘single-source responsibility’ for all the details of your project. It’s well understood in the construction industry that the fewer people involved in the design and expedition of a project the more successful it’s likely to be. Figuratively speaking, ‘the left hand always knows what the right hand is doing’. Quality design/build or ‘turn-key’ service eliminates costly errors, duplication of services and simplifies the communication chain. “He said – she said” pretty much disappears as a project dilemma. And because the project has been designed, ordered and installed by this single source, you will have the best chance of your project coming in on budget, on schedule and even better… done right the first time!
How does one find the right professional? Talk to folks who have completed a similar project and ask for a recommendation. Another option is the internet which makes it easier than ever to search and scrutinize a company through their website and on-line reviews. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple good companies, schedule interviews. Face time is important to get a feel for the personality of the company and its people. Then choose someone you feel comfortable with, as you will be spending a fair amount of time working together. If you’ve done your homework, you will be in good hands. And now … it’s time to pursue your dream!