Of all the tasks you can now complete online, remodeling doesn’t seem like it would be one of them. Everyone has gotten used to online banking, gaming, working and more, but remodeling is a hands-on activity — it’s not virtual. But like everything else, that’s changing now too.
The old go to spot for remodeling trends and ideas used to be magazines. You can still get them, but many of the same ideas and more can be found online. The sheer number of sites that provide remodeling ideas and data has grown steadily and is set to explode in the near future. The success of the remodeling industry is tied to the housing market and the economy because the bulk of remodeling tends to be done by new homeowners wanting their property to be more reflective of their style. Therefore, the more houses sold, the more remodeling required.
Matches with Contractors
But it’s not just ideas and pictures anymore — websites are becoming more localized, offering users tools to find a local contractor to perform the work as well as portals to buy materials. For some, these sites are one-stop shopping. Everyone’s busy today and time saved is a hot commodity. But you must weigh your choices and their consequences carefully when selecting remodeling contractors online.
Question the Data
Even if a company gets 100 percent glowing reviews online (which would be rare), you still have to take this information with a grain of salt. How long has the company been in business? Is their 95 percent approval rating based on three reviews? And are the reviews only in the last six months?
Many building and remodeling companies have their own websites today. It’s an important way to convey needed information to the consumer and a great forum for receiving questions, requests and feedback. A company without a website is definitely behind the times. That being said, an online presence is often not enough to guarantee the workers will always be busy. So contractors are opting to jump on the bandwagon and be a part of this burgeoning marketing tool that not only gives homeowners ideas, but also connects them with the people who can bring those ideas to fruition.
Check it Out
If you choose to use one of these soon-to-be ubiquitous sites, don’t just trust implicitly the information that you find there. Look at the available contractors, but then contact the ones you’re interested in directly. And do it far in advance — truly skilled and reliable contractors are always busy.
FCI has been building homes and doing renovations in and around Ogden, Utah, for 26 years, and their list of satisfied customers is long. Check out home remodeling ideas online, then call FCI, a local, trusted general contractor, to perform the work for you.