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More tips to better-manage home improvement

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 3:34:01 PM

Like so many other activities people embark upon today, there are plenty of life hacks to guide them through home improvement projects more efficiently, quickly and productively. Homeowners should always look into the tips, tools and other assistive matters available before launching an improvement project, as a failure to do so can translate to wasted time, energy and money. 

With so many families looking to make upgrades or renovate their abodes today - thanks to more working capital and a stronger overall economy than seen since before the recession - life hacks are abundant. Let's take a look at a few of the tips and tools available to homeowners today that can go a long way toward boosting the overall success of their improvement projects. 

Understanding the right approach
The Huffington Post recently published a blog post regarding the decision to either take a do-it-yourself approach to a home improvement project, or to spend a bit more on a professional contractor. According to the news provider, it is important to recognize the fact that certain projects will truly necessitate a contractor, such as a bathroom or kitchen remodel. In these instances, if the project is a real remodeling, there is no real way to avoid high costs. 

However, simpler upgrades can go a long way toward boosting the value of the home and will not necessarily demand the high costs of hiring a contractor. For example, if a homeowner changes out the countertops, cabinets and potentially appliances, the project can often be completed on a DIY basis. This will mean that the only real price of the project will be the materials. 

The source pointed out that replacing front and garage doors can also be great projects to improve curb appeal and value without having to bring a contractor into the mix. Although these assets can be on the expensive side, avoiding labor will definitely lead to savings. When hiring a contractor, there is a new way to save money and time as well. 

Using an app
The Next Web recently reported that the ServiceWhale app, which automates the process of finding and hiring a contractor, can help homeowners reduce costs and speed up the acquisition of a qualified professional. The news provider stated that the app will empower users, putting them in the driver's seat when it comes time to negotiate the deal and schedule appointments with the selected contractor. 

"Our service takes the guesswork out of home improvement," ServiceWhale Chief Executive Officer and Founder Dmitri Saveliev told the source. "We are doing for home improvement projects what Amazon did for retail, it's all about simplifying the service and offering transparent pricing."

When the homeowner needs to finance the project, one of the best ways to go about the search for a loan is to contact a local, community bank. These smaller financial institutions will offer a more personalized experience to their customers, ensuring that the home improvement financing program chosen is in the best interest of the homeowner.