Monthly Archives: June 2014

Renovation Resource: How do I select a contractor?

CIMG28891. Get referrals: The best way to find a contractor is usually by referral. Ask friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, your real estate agent, and lender. If that doesn’t yield enough names, check Houzz, Angie’s List, and Yelp.

2. Start calling: Call several until you are able to secure a few appointments. Don’t panic if they don’t call you back immediately. Contractors are on their feet or in the car most of their days – so sometimes can’t easily return calls the same day.

3. Have a plan: The key to getting comparable clear estimates is to have a plan for what you want to do. Type it up and print it out to share with each contractor. Or use my renovation consultant services to help you figure out what you want and to put together a plan for you!

4. Questions to ask: Make a list of the questions you want to be sure to ask each contractor. Some topics important to include: approximate start and end dates, architect/permit requirements, licensing, insurance, lead certification, communication style, and how overages are handled.

5. Price isn’t everything: Be wary of bids that are much higher or lower than others. Check these to be sure something extra isn’t being added or something important forgotten. If a reason is not clear, you could risk paying too much or selecting someone who doesn’t do a great job.

6. Pick someone you can work with: Most projects are tense, emotional, and have some problems. Pick someone with whom you can go through these ups and downs.

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The Power of a Front Door: June 2014

April 2014Tip of the month: There are many creative ways to put flowers near your front door!

Note the pretty hanging baskets in this picture. You can also do pots. Or simply plant flowers near the door. Remember to do shade plants if your front door area is covered.

My suggestion with front door flowers is keep it simple. One or two pots can be plenty – and easier to do and maintain. And don’t get caught up in symmetry. One pot on one side of the door looks great!

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How’s the Market? Washington DC May 2014

032The DC market picked up pace in May. Buyer activity increased with closed and new pending sales up slightly this May over last. Inventory also continued to improve, with increases in active and new listings, but still remains historically low. (Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence).

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Interest rates also remain relatively steady and historically low making it a great time to buy!

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