10 Most Common Home Improvement Questions, Answered
1. When Should I Bring in an Expert?
Many home improvement projects can be completed by the homeowner. Other projects require technical skill, industry know-how, and the right tools! Check out our Blog to learn more about which projects to leave to the professionals!
2. Do I Need to Insulate My Attic?
Attic insulation is not a requirement for existing homes. However, the Department of Energy recommends that all homes update their attic space to have adequate insulation for their region. Attic insulation works hand in hand with your home’s roof system. Attic insulation promotes proper ventilation, keeping your roof in tip-top shape. Insulation also acts as a barrier to heat transfer, keeping the interior of your home consistently comfortable without the need to adjust your thermostat. A properly insulated attic will save you money with improved energy efficiency. The right attic insulation will also deter pests, reduce the risk of mold or mildew, and protect your home for years to come!
3. Does the Weather Affect my Home Improvement Project?
While adverse weather can affect the timeline of some home improvement projects, most projects can still be performed year-round in the Northwest. A reputable and knowledgeable contractor will have the right processes, equipment, and people in place to effectively plan and execute any project. Valentine Roofing is a Northwest contractor well versed in the climate and weather conditions that may arise in any given season. The knowledge material performance during installation from season to season allows us to work year-round for all of our service offerings.
4. Does your Homeowner’s Association Prevent Anything?
Many Homeowner Associations (HOAs) have Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs). These are regulations that dictate material types, colors, and styles that can be used during home improvement projects for homes in the neighborhood. Typically these CCRs are in place to maintain the physical appearance of the neighborhood. Cohesive aesthetics ensure property values are not diminished. These CCRs are community records and must be made available to all members during regular hours. If your home is part of an HOA, be sure to request a copy of your CCRs before deciding on a home improvement project, to avoid delays!
5. What Kinds of Warranties are Available?
Manufacturers typically offer material warranties that cover the material for a specified amount of time. This ensures that faulty material will be replaced without placing the liability squarely on the homeowner’s shoulders. Many reputable contractors will also offer a workmanship warranty. This is often in addition to the manufacturer's warranty. A workmanship warranty covers the installation of the material. They protect the homeowner from human errors during the installation process.
6. What are the Best Home Improvement Projects?
When it comes to home improvement projects, their value can vary from year to year. It often depends on current market conditions. A great place to start when deciding on your next home improvement project is the annual cost v value report by Remodeling Magazine. The report is broken down by region, then by metro area. This report takes into account the average cost of a specific product. Once an average cost is determined, the return on the cost is calculated and compared for each project. The projects that provide the most value for homeowners are placed at the top of the list for that year! Some projects that are on the list year after year include kitchen remodels, roof replacements, vinyl window replacements, and garage doors.
7. What Should I Look for in a Professional Contractor?
An honest contractor will be transparent with potential clients. This includes answering questions, providing an estimate for free with the best price forward, and setting the expectations for the project. Legitimate contractors will also have a license in good standing along with any required bonds, insurances, and certifications in their field. Be sure to ask to see those documents before deciding on a contractor!
8. Are there Rebates for my Project?
Home improvement rebates typically come from the local utility companies and often revolve around energy efficiency. We recommend that homeowners check with their local utility to see if they are offering rebates and how they can qualify.
9. How Should I Pay for my Home Improvement project?
Established contractors will accept many forms of payment. Some contractors may even offer financing options for their projects. To decide which method is best for your circumstance, check out our blog on ways to finance your project!
10. Are Estimates Free?
A great roofing and home improvement contractor will always provide an estimate for free when it comes to home improvements. There are some things that you can expect to pay for after an estimate has been provided. These are secondary documents like the design plans, certifications, or certain specifications. However, most contractors will waive those fees if a contract has already been signed!