The Price is Too High!

Renovating a room or an entire home is expensive. There is not a "cheap" way to do it properly using quality materials. Homeowners are often shocked at the cost and then think the contractor has an exorbitant profit margin added to the job. This may be the case with some builders. However; you have done your homework on builder #1… got referrals, trust him/her, and you want to work with him or her. But the estimate came in higher than you expected! What now? You dont feel comfortable with the other contractors that bid the job even though their price came in lower. Should you ask builder #1 to lower their price? NO, and here are the reasons why.

An experienced builder doesn’t try to make a fortune off of one job. They want you to be happy with the project and refer them to your friends. They are local and have a reputation to uphold. The experienced builder hires a better craftsman so that you will be happy with their work. A good craftsman is going to charge more for their experience and quality of work. The experienced builder uses quality materials and doesn’t cut corners because he takes pride in his work, and doesn’t want to be doing tons of warranty work. Time and money are put into areas that are never seen in the finished project. There are overhead costs such as general liability and other commercial insurance, continuing education, memberships to numerous building and design organizations… to name a few. Every successful business has to invest back in the business. This is what sets them apart from their competition. If your contractor is able to negotiate a large sum this should raise red flags.

1. There was extra profit included on the job that wasn't necessary. Is this a person you can trust to partner with on a large financial business transaction?

2. The contractor is hurting for money and needs a deposit from a new job to pay for his last job. When there isn't enough money, corners start to get cut, sub contractors are forced to take less money. Everyone is in a hurry to get done with your job and move to the next more profitable job. 

3. In rare cases a homeowner doesn’t care if the builder makes a reasonable profit or not. Unfortunately this usually ends bad for all parties involved. 

So you have decided to use your favorite contractor and feel you’re not being overcharged, but the estimate is still out of budget. What do you do now? Talk to your builder. Most of the time, the price can be reduced with your selections. For example; a recent client wanted stone on their fireplace. They let us know the price was too high. SHR found an almost identical stone… for half the price. The client was thrilled, we got the job, and everyone was happy. A good builder has plenty of work and it won’t matter to them if you want get the price down. It needs to be done through the selection process usually, not by cutting a reasonable profit margin. Another option is getting a low interest loan, if it makes sense to keep the budget. Builders like Superior Home Renovations are already approved by lenders and make the process easy. 

I hope these tips have helped when picking your builder/contractor. We are here to answer any questions you have, whether you use SHR or already have a contractor you love. 


The SHR team

Top 5 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Top 5 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Your bathroom should be your sanctuary, an escape from the hustle and bustle of life - inside your home. It should be a place of relaxation that provides a calming vibe. A dated bathroom can not only be unappealing, but also lack functionality. There are many ways to refresh your bathroom space, and listed below are the top reasons to do so.

1. Increase value - When looking to sell your home, it is important to have an updated bathroom. An outdated bath area will turn off prospective buyers. Refreshing this space will provide significant market value.

2. Add storage/space - Adding space to your bathroom will increase the function of this area. Cabinetry can bring extra space and also keep clutter off of your countertops and out of sight.

3. Energy efficient - Save on your water and electricity bill by installing energy efficient faucets and fixtures. You an also update the light kits in the bath area to an energy saving type.

4. Update features - Replaced outdated fixtures with new technology can help save time and be much more convenient. An awesome rain shower addition, shower speaker,  or automated electronic system will instill that WOW factor, every time you take a shower!

5. Make it a space you enjoy - The bathroom should be your own personal spa. Update your bath area to become a place you enjoy to spend time in!

You can make your bathroom the best room in the entire house! There are so many options when it comes to updating and refreshing this space. At Superior Home Renovations, we want to provide you with a space that you are proud of. We are dedicated to quality and love nothing more than helping our clients make their dream home become a reality! Give us a call today to schedule a free in home estimate!

-The SHR Team

Top 7 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

Top 7 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. During household gatherings and events, you will most likely find the majority of guests mingling around the kitchen island. It is important to have that area not only welcoming, but also functional. A dated kitchen is not only unappealing to the eye; there are many other reasons besides looks that provide it beneficial to update. Listed below are the most common reasons homeowners choose to remodel and refresh their kitchen. 

1. Add value - Whether you may be looking to put your home on the market in the near future or possibly farther down the road, an updated kitchen brings significant market value to your property.

2. Energy efficient upgrades - Save on your electricity bill by replacing dated appliances and light kits with more energy efficient options. You could also add skylights to provide natural light instead.

3. Modernity - Styles and trends change over time, so refreshing your kitchen to reflect a more modern style can be a great addition. An outdated kitchen can negatively impact the feeling of the home. Also, deterioration in a dated kitchen may cause updating to be more of a necessity. 

4. Achieve greater convenience - The layout of your kitchen may not provide as functional as it once was. Updating the layout to fit your lifestyle needs can prove to be a time saver.

5. Easier maintenance - No one wants to spend endless hours cleaning their kitchen. Changing your countertops to a material that is easier to clean, such as quartz, is an example.

6. Children/family - Has your family grown or changed over the years? What once was enough storage may now not make the cut. Adding more cabinetry is an upgrade that will help improve the function of your kitchen for the entire family.

7. Selling home - The kitchen is the main hub of the house. It is a major selling point. A kitchen that updated and well taken care of with functionality is key.

As mentioned, the kitchen is a vital part of the home. It is important for this area to be one that you enjoy to spend time in. At Superior Home Renovations, not only are we are dedicated to quality, but we want you to love the space you are in. Please give us a call to schedule a free in home consultation, and we can help you create the kitchen of your dreams!

-The SHR Team