A contractor can help keep your remodeling project on budget and in style

A contractor can help keep your remodeling project on budget and in style

Submitted by Moss Building & Design

As consumers watch the housing market and wonder if its recovery has started, many are finding it the right time to tackle their list of home improvements. Whether staying in their homes longer or doing the work to enjoy it before selling, people are more concerned than ever about value. And with all the decisions faced in a typical home improvement project, how can one be sure of getting good quality at a reasonable price without sacrificing style?

The first step in any home remodeling project is finding a reputable contractor who prioritizes value and has your best interest at heart. For example, one decision many remodeling customers face is what faucet to choose. Prices vary wildly, yet the functionality is exactly the same, and often even the materials are essentially the same. The options can be overwhelming, and an Internet search or showroom visit may not help narrow down the selection even with a budget amount in mind. A contractor who knows the options can help direct a search for maximum value based on budget and style preferences.

A qualified contractor can also help when purchasing costly items, such as cabinets. Cabinets are the single largest budget item for any home improvement project that includes a kitchen remodeling. There are three key criteria for evaluating cabinets:

  • Design: Defines the room
  • Construction: Options include solid plywood frames, full overlay doors, full extension drawers, soft-close drawer glides and dovetail drawers
  • Handling and delivery: Determining who is responsible

Regardless what type of remodeling project you're considering, material selection is the area that can make or break your budget. As tempting as it might be to hire a friend or attempt the project yourself, the money you can save without sacrificing quality or style makes working with a trusted professional well worth it.

Moss Building & Design, based in Chantilly, Va., is a family-owned business that has established a reputation for excellence in remodeling additions, kitchens, bathrooms and basements throughout Northern Virginia. The company boasts an 80 percent repeat and referral rate.

As of July 25, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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