Home improvements: What to expect?

By Kelly Christian

No matter what type of home improvement project you are wanting, they are always a process. One must put a lot of thought and research into these projects. These projects take your time and money; often involving laborers invading your space, so to speak, for a period of time. You want to know you are making the right decision in your project for both your enjoyment and your investment in your home.

When looking to do home improvements one must keep in mind that the cheapest way is not always the best way. Of course, we want to save money along the way but if we have to turn around and re-do the home improvement in 5 years or less then was it really worth the money you saved?

The first thing to do is your research. Find out what professionals are out there. Research their reputation, speak with their previous customers that you may know. In looking at reviews, keep in mind no company is going to have perfect reviews. Although companies try their best to maintain the satisfaction of their customers, no one that can keep everyone happy. In researching the company, you must also research their products. Do their products have good reviews? Are they products that last? Are the products what you are looking for? If possible, take the time to visit their showroom to take a look at their products first hand.

Next Schedule an estimate. Have them come out and take a look at what you want to do around your home. Discuss with them what you are looking for, your likes, dislikes, ect. “Leave no stone unturned” so to speak. Leave the representative with no question of your desired result for your project. You are going to have to make multiple decisions for your project such as style and colors.

Keep in contact with your representative though out the process. There are a lot of decisions to be made and open lines of communication are key to a successful home improvement project. By you and your representative communicating efficiently you can quickly smooth any bumps in the road along the way so that they won’t lead to issues later for both you and your home improvement company.

Remember, Home improvement projects take time! Any home improvement company’s goal is to do your job quickly and efficiently while also ensuring that it is done right the first time. They don’t want to “invade your space” any longer than necessary to complete your project.

Once your project is complete look over your project. If you have any questions or concerns communicate that with your representative. Once you and your home improvement company have settled all your obligations to each other stated in your contract then you only have to sit back and enjoy your beautifully completed project! Not only that, you now know where to go for your next home improvement project.

Kelly Christian is not only a team member of Thrush & Son: Complete Home Improvement Company in Dayton, Ohio and Troy, Ohio, but she is a wife, a mother of two (with the third on the way), and is working towards her degree in Ministry. Kelly brings a great wealth of knowledge not only when it comes a woman’s perspective, but also when it comes to working with customers and any questions or concerns that they may have regarding the home improvement industry.


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