Celebrate National Home Remodeling Month Responsibly

May 16, 2013

Costs of Remodeling in ChicagoAs May is National Home Remodeling month, the National Association of Home Builders wants to remind you that before you start making plans, tearing down walls and adding all manner of new customizations to your real estate in Chicago, you should consider three difficulties that are usually discounted in the eagerness to renovate. These include the safety risks, time delays and hidden costs associated with do it yourself projects.

With DIY projects accounting for a staggering 37 percent of all home remodeling between 2010 to 2011, taking an honest measure of the unseen side of a project can help you save money and be happier.

Hidden Costs: In addition to things just adding up more quickly than many consumers expect, many of the products purchased for the DIY market are not always the same quality available to contractors, so you may need more to get the job done. It is also important to verify the terms of the product warranty; many warranties become void by improper installation.

Safety: Make sure that you properly train and prepare use with new tools to keep out of the emergency room. Unfamiliarity with new tools and techniques can lead to life-threatening accidents. A good rule of thumb for any home owner is to avoid projects that require a license or structural changes to walls, roofs and floors.

Time: Troubleshooting unexpected issues often takes more time and expertise than originally planned. Hiring a professional will ensure that you have a contract with a completion date and that the remodeler will bring in whatever help is necessary to get the job finished on time.

With these in mind, what projects are you hoping to complete during National Home Remodeling month? Are they for your own benefit, or to help your home sell more quickly or for a higher price? Let us know in the comments!

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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