Tips To Help You Get the Most for Your Money

One of the best ways to maintain and increase the value of your Kauai real estate is to keep up a regular schedule of home maintenance and improvement.

If you are undertaking significant home improvements or home remodeling, here are some tips to ensure that the process goes smoothly and results in the best quality work at the lowest possible price.

Hiring A Kauai Contractor

Only hire a contractor if you have checked them out thoroughly for reliability and trustworthiness. There are various ways to check this including the Better Business Bureau, but the only sure way of knowing you are dealing with a responsible and trusted contractor is by knowing someone who has used them in the past, so ask around for personal references.

In a bigger city you could check online and get a large number of consumer reviews of particular contractors, but this is not as feasible on a small island like Kauai.

You can also ask the contractor for references and then contact those references, which you should do, although you may be given references who have already been coached and have some personal interest in the matter.

A top rate contractor may cost a bit more, but this extra cost compared to fly-by-night contractors is more than paid off in the assurance that you don’t have to worry about worst case scenarios where you become financially entangled with a con-artist who will try to take your money and do shoddy work if any work at all.

Even if you a contractor’s references check out fine you can still do a background check on the contractor just to make sure, and check with Better Business Bureau. Also make sure their license and insurance is up to date. No one should do work on your property who is not insured.

Buying Supplies for your Kauai Home Improvement Project

Buying from a home improvement chain like Home Depot is one of the best ways to save money on supplies.

You can also order materials online and you will have a wider selection for many items (e.g., faucets, tiles, etc.) and very competitive prices. However you will also have to account for shipping, and make sure and clearly check the return policies and warranties since you are not able to actually see the items before you buy them.

Buying materials online can also be tricky if you have not planned well in advance. If there is a delay you may end up holding up the trades people who are working on a schedule. Holding up one of the part of the project may end up delaying the other trades people as well.

You also need to make sure that any bid you receive from a contractor does not already include certain materials, or requirements for specific materials, before you order anything. If you plan ahead and get the proper materials, however, there are often significant price advantages obtained by ordering online directly from suppliers.

Following these tips will help ensure that your home improvement goals are accomplished without any significant problems.

For more information about homes on Kauai please feel free to give us a call. Also see our Kauai Real Estate Galleries or use our unique Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

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