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6 Important Tips for Starting a Remodeling Project in Your Home

Cynthia Cannazzarro, President of One Design Place recommends 6 Tips for Success:

1. Be Clear About What You Want.

Decide whether you want a “facelift update” or a “total remodel” project or something in between.  Price differentials can be considerable and much can be done with simple updates or paint color changes.  Pull photos from design or home magazines, so you can explain clearly when getting estimates.  “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

2.  Design First, Build Second. 

It is always good advice to hire professionals — an interior designer or an architect for larger jobs.  Paying a few extra dollars could save you money in the long run.  Mistakes can be expensive.  Having an actual design plan will keep your contractor on track and everyone on the same page.

3.  Choose Your Contractor Carefully.

Unfortunately, we all know there are unscrupulous people everywhere in life, so protect yourself.  Make sure the business is insured.  Get recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors.  Check out reputations on the many resources available, such as Next Door, Home Advisor, or Angi.  Have a clear agreement before giving any upfront deposit.

4.  Make Sure Your Contractor Fits the Scope of the Job

Different skills are needed for adding a closet or an island than are needed for a whole kitchen or bath remodel.  Sometimes additional craftsmen for specialty work are needed.  Know the capabilities of the contractor team.   Know the levels of labor pricing in your area.

5.  Consider the Middle Price Bid.

Sometimes the low bid is just that, a low bid is given to “get the job”. Then a situation may occur where more “add-on” surprises will be needed that could bring the price even higher than some of the other bids.  Learn about current prices in your area.

6.  Don’t Choose All High-End Expensive Finishes.

You can blend high-end products with inexpensive standard finishes to give an elegant, inspired flair and ambiance.  For example, use a basic builder-grade tile and use expensive marble inserts as a focal point for your kitchen backsplash or bathroom shower.

Follow these guidelines and you will have the start a smooth and trouble-free project.  Then you can enjoy the fresh new look of your home for years to come.

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Handle All Your Small Home Repairs with Ease

Do you have the winter doldrums? Do all the undone repair items keep you from enjoying your home? Worry that tasks might turn into costly repairs? Can’t find a good handyman who actually shows up, who charges less than $120 per hour, with a 2 to 4 hour minimum? 

One Design Place is addressing this problem with the company’s new service called The Reliable Handyman Program.

Having a Reliable Handyman account will: 

  • Create on-going relationship and peace of mind 
  • Have your home be in tip-top shape 
  • Avoid costly home repairs 
  • Mitigate risk 

The Reliable Handyman Annual Program includes: 

  • Home inspection to check items that need attention regularly 
  • 1 hour to handle your “small tasks” list and small repairs 
  • Discounted billing rate for any additional hours at any time during the whole year. 

The Reliable Handyman Annual Charges – $199/ year Schedule 

Your First Reliable Handyman Visit – Call or Text One Design Place Today 

One Design Place is a full-service interior design firm specializing in transforming Houston homes and can help with upgrades for enjoyment or with a sale in mind. Cynthia Cannizzaro, owner of One Design Place, believes that “when a person has a home that is created with their lifestyle in mind, it truly makes a difference in their everyday life.” 

One Design Place was recently showcased in the Memorial Lifestyle Magazine. 


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