Home Remodeling Considerations for Arizona Homeowners
|Doege Development is a Phoenix residential construction company that is acutely aware of the fact that house remodeling has been on the rise for a number of years. While the property market may be close to recovery after the subprime mortgage crisis, many homeowners are not prepared to sell and would rather remodel their house to bring it closer to ‘dream home’ status. The home renovation process doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful as long as everything is planned in a professional manner. If in doubt, contact Doege Development and we’ll help you quickly and easily with your Phoenix house remodel.Below, we give you some valuable information about Arizona remodeling and renovating.|
Is Now the Right Time for You to Remodel?
If you are only living in your home for a few years, you may not recoup what is spent on renovation costs. Short-term owners should keep remodeling to the basics, such as updating fixtures, painting, and refinishing floors. If you intend on staying more than 5 years, a bathroom or kitchen renovation starts to make sense. After all, why not have a luxury bathroom with Jacuzzi tub or gourmet kitchen, with all the functionality you’ve always wanted, if you don’t plan on moving any time soon?
Financing a Renovation Project
Before renovating, estimate the cost and decide how you will pay for it. If looking for a home-equity line of credit, it may be better to overestimate slightly, as you’ll then have a cushion in the event you underestimated the overall cost. If you have enough savings to cover renovating costs, it makes sense to dip into them rather than placing yourself in debt. Above all, a common rule of thumb is to never try and improve your home by more than 25% of its current value. Please contact our build team today for an estimate on your remodeling project.
Get to Know Your Contractor
Before the project begins, you need to be 100% sure that the contractor and subcontractors being used have full insurance coverage like Doege Professional Builders. Worker’s compensation is very important as it covers lost wages and medical expenses for employees injured on your property. Without proper insurance coverage, you could become liable for any medical expenses if a worker gets injured and you could potentially be sued.
The contractor you hire has a certain number of obligations, so be sure that any contract you sign emphasizes this. For example, the contractor must supervise the work and be aware of all construction laws pertaining to the state of Arizona. A budget must be established and followed as closely as possible, plus the contractor should be responsible for obtaining the materials needed for the project. It may be your duty to pay for these supplies, but a professional contractor should honestly source the best value for money, in regards to materials and subcontractor work, in each and every project bid. This is something we insist on at Doege Development, as the complete satisfaction of our clients is of paramount importance to us.
Building Regulations & Permits
With a Phoenix house remodel, it is certain that you will need a building permit from your local municipality before beginning a major remodeling project can begin. Generally, substantial changes to the electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems in a home will require a construction permit, whereas basic jobs, such as painting or building a small fence or deck will not require city approval. For example, Prescott allows 4-foot high fences only, whereas a 6-foot fence does not need a building permit in Page (at the time of this publication). Nonetheless, different cities and counties have their own rules for Arizona residential construction, so do your research and work with a contractor who is familiar with such laws, like Doege Development. Regulations change all the time and we’d rather be safe than sorry, which is why we always look into procuring appropriate building permits.
To learn more about Phoenix house remodeling from the pros at Doege Development, pick up the phone and call (623) 242-5247 or click here to email us today!