Zillow Offers Homeowners Cost Information for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

I like to share information on remodeling cost from outside sources to lend creditability to our own estimates.

Todays homeowners have grown up in the DIY culture and underestimate the cost to many home improvement projects when calling a professional to get involved. We often find Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most underestimated areas of the home. Many homeowners we talk with in our own business, estimate their kitchen remodel will cost $5000-10,000. Homeowners are shocked to hear in most cases, $5000-$10,000 won’t cover the cost of their counter tops and cabinets.

Zillow and other popular sites are working hard to educate homeowners on todays prices based off of local and national averages. Want to see how much home improvements average in your area just go to Zillow  and type in your address, scroll down the page about half way until you see: Improve Your Home Value. 

>Minor Kitchen remodel @$20,000 (replace cabinets existing location, new counter tops, sink, faucet, labor) No relocating of appliances, or removal of walls or bulkheads as that will start to double this figure do to additional trades such as electrical and plumbing as well as code compliance requirements. Cabinets and counter tops are usually 70-80% of the remodel budget.
>Bathrooms @$18,000 if your upgrading from a standard tub/shower surround to tile shower, flooring, new vanity, lights, sink, faucet, toilet, labor. You will also see an added value price to the right of the improvement cost, this price will change based on your homes location as this photo shows in contrast to the above photo.
Zillow also has a Home Design tab on website that offers beautiful ideas to inspire you in creating you dream project ! 

Remodeling Good, Fast, Cheap…You can have only two !

I still laugh about the contractor triangle I heard about on an episode of the Bernie Mac Show. I’ll explain, Bernie’s wife Wanda wants an new room addition for their house. The contractor gives him the price for everything Wanda has asked for and Bernie is of course shocked.  The contractor shows him a triangle that looks similar to the one above, and Bernie is told he can only have two and he needs to make his pick.

Then the contractor tells Bernie the options he will get with the two he picks:

“You can have it GOOD + FAST, but it won’t be cheap, because they will postpone every other job, cancel all appointments, and stay up 25-hours a day just to get your job done. {By the way, this is what his wife Wanda wants}.”

“You can have GOOD + CHEAP, but it won’t be fast, because they will do a great job for a discounted price, but you’ll have to be patient until they have a free moment from paying clients.”

Finally, “You can have FAST + CHEAP, but don’t expect it to be good because you’ll get what you pay for, which usually means shoddy work.”

Well this is the truth of it in a nut shell when choosing a contractor you need to decide what’s of most importance to you…Quality, Price or Time?

If you want it “Good” it will take time and you will pay more because your labor is skilled.

If you want it “Fast” quality can suffer and If you want it “Cheap” corners get cut.

Good, Fast and Cheap is the utopia of remodeling, it just doesn’t exist.

At Holp Construction & Design we offer a professional remodeling service that delivers a quality project in the time required.

We don’t cut corners or use inferior products, we don’t rush your job and sacrifice quality, and we charge exactly what’s needed to get the job done right the first time.

                     You deserve more than a cheap job!

Do your homework before having work done on your home.

Here are a few tips to help before hiring a contractor:

  • How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. If not ask for references for similar jobs, lets face it we were all new at something once. You want to know they will be around after the construction is complete to service any need labor warranties?
  • Does the builder/remodeler have sufficient general liability insurance? This does add to his overall prices but if not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Does the builder/remodeler have the proper building licenses, city licenses, and permits for your area?
  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with names of previous customers? Ask them if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Have you seen the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress? Today many established contractors have a website that will have photos of their work. Facebook is also growing in popularity for contractors and is a good place to see project photos and customer comments.
  • Are you able to communicate with the builder/remodeler, is he personably? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home. Communication is key to any successful project. Limited contact information or personality differences could be a potential red flag.
  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with a complete and clearly written contract? The contract will benefit both of you review it carefully. If you see anything that has been left out as him to make needed changes.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Make sure you have given each builder/remodeler the same information to get the best price comparison possible.
  • When deciding which builder/remodeler to hire, go with your instincts… The builder/remodeler may not be the lowest but he has the proper insurance and licenses, he has bid all the things your requested and is experienced enough to make sure he is providing the best work and amount of materials needed for the job. If you’re not comfortable before you hire your builder/remodeler take time needed to consider other options.

Adding Value to Your Home : Tip # 1

Adding Value to your Homes Exterior

#1: Spruce Up the Siding

It may not be glamorous, but replacing siding is our No.1 pick for home improvements that add value to your home. If your thinking about selling your home in the future, here is your chance to make a great first impression in the real estate world.

If your siding is in bad shape, your home is going to earn the title of fixer-upper. You’ve heard the saying “you can usually judge a book by its cover”. Old siding sets the tone for expectations of what potential buyers may find inside the house. Try adding curb appeal and lower maintenance siding.


Stucco Exteriors:

Stucco can be applied by a variety of methods, but hand-troweled is considered to be the best. It can be smooth, rough or somewhere in between. Stucco needs to be water tight. If water seeps under the stucco, it will separate the material from the home. In a virgin application, stucco is spread over wire mesh, wood slats, paper and sheathing.


Vinyl Siding:

Vinyl siding is made of PVC or polyvinyl chloride and comes in a variety of colors. The panels are installed from the bottom row up by nailing galvanized roofing nails through the slots in the panel, exposing the nail head so the panels can move. The vinyl expands and contracts in hot and cold weather and must slide freely from side to side. Two main advantages to vinyl are it’s inexpensive and never needs painting.


Composite Siding:

Manufactured siding can be created from almost any material and made to resemble natural wood. Some composite siding is made from shredded wood, binders, glue and Portland cement. James Hardie is a well known manufacturer of fiber-cement products — built to withstand rain, wind, hail and insects — and this siding is available in a variety of colors, boasting a limited 50-year warranty.


Welcome to Holp on Homes

I look forward to sharing with you all that I have learned over the years working and running our remodeling business.

A girl needs a pink tool belt, don’t you think?
I have been a contractors wife for over 20 years and see how hard he works to provide for his family and his customers.
I have worked on many projects over the years when we were short handed installing tile, siding, painting and running the saws. My children have grown up around the business and have helped during summers picking up shingles, and cleaning up job sites. Today our son works fun time as a finish carpenter alone side my husband and my daughter helps us with our marketing.
“Holp on Homes” was a name given to us by a dear customer and now friend. She hired us to do an extensive home remodel and she love watching all the home Improvement TV shows. She would ask Terry about different products and install options, and he would always let her know the products he would choose or how he would install it if it was his home. She would say “I have my very own Holp on Homes right here working on my house.”
I hope you enjoy the blog, and please be kind as I’m not a professional writer and often make spelling and grammar errors!
I’ll be sharing home tips, product info, and knowledge to help improve your remodeling experience and teach you how to communicate better with your contractor.
Since design is a big part of what we do, we’ll also will be sharing design, decorating and organizational tips.
It’s my hope that you will gain an appreciation for the professional remodeler and understand the real value they have to offer.

Thank You and I look forward to your feedback….

April Holp

Remodeling Specialist

Holp Construction & Design LLC