Monday, December 29, 2014

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Remodeler

If you're among the  millions of Americans that are looking into remodeling their home, you're probably contemplating doing it yourself versus hiring a professional. According to the American Housing Survey, over 60% of home owners hire contractors like Fred Oakley Construction for home improvement projects. 

Remodeling your home can give you plenty of opportunity to re-design your space to better suit the needs of your family. Remodeling can also give you a say in which materials are used, which appliances or fixtures are purchased and give you the chance to fix and upgrade the overall appearance, and value, of your home. Of course, all of this decision making can be overwhelming for a homeowner.

Why hire a professional like Fred Oakley in Hendersonville, TN? A top reason it's recommended for home owners to hire a professional remodeler is due to safety reasons. Most homeowners have a lack of familiarity with tools and techniques which can lead to serious accidents. Working on a roof is often cited as a remodeling project with the most potential for serious injury. Another reason to hire a professional is cost. You might think, "Wait! It'll be cheaper if I do it myself!", but are you factoring in the cost of, say, tools? Many remodeling projects require specialized tools which a home owner will have to purchase (because how many of us just have a sander lying around?) and will only use once or twice. 

Another advantage of a well qualified professional remodeler like Fred Oakley Construction is experience with the appropriate tools and specialized knowledge needed to perform correctly. Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be a very detailed and expensive project; cutting corners like trying to do it yourself will just cost you more money down the road. Remember that if you think you can go to your local home-improvement store to get your materials and save money, that isn't necessarily true. Professional contractors get discounts on products therefore, saving you money. The cost of a project can escalate if it is done incorrectly the first time and therefore, has to be re-done. Maybe the second time around you decide to hire a professional; think about all the time and money you've lost!

Call Fred Oakley Construction today for a free estimate at 615-975-8916. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips For Home Restoration

Fred Oakley Construction specializes in all types of home construction including additions, remodels, room conversions, build outs, kitchens, baths, and other types of home improvement. Our favorite type of construction to focus on is home restoration! We love turning old houses into the house of your dreams.

If you're considering restoring an older home, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into! Below you'll find the top three common mistakes people make when renovating a house...

1. Starting without a plan. Big No-No! Old-home renovations often don’t go according to plan because too often, there is no planning! Too often, homeowners assume; they assume if they just want to change the cabinets, they only need to worry about the cabinets. Make sure you hire a reputable contractor like Fred Oakley Construction who is always thinking one step ahead while working on your home renovation!

2. Going into your home renovation to "flip" your house. TV makes everything look easy, doesn't it? Flipping houses is NOT easy and what's more - old homes simply take too long to flip. What you see on TV are usually minor repairs (like changing out carpet, etc.) and old homes require much more work than that! If your home requires all new systems and foundation work, the process of fixing it up can take longer than a year; successful renovations on old houses take time - flipping houses does not.

3. Setting an unrealistic budget. Fred Oakley has been in the business for over 40 years! He knows what a realistic budget is and will provide you with a professional, accurate, and performable budget.

Whether you're looking to remodel your older home, start new construction, build the kitchen of your dreams or an oasis in your bathroom, Fred Oakley Construction has the experience and knowledge to do it all! Call today at 615-975-8916 to schedule a free estimate!