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A. First, you need to decide what does not meet your home needs. Don't concentrate so much on the physical aspects of your home that you are unhappy with, but rather answers like We're tired of going to the basement to do the laundry or We find the kitchen to be cramped come meal time. Collect magazine articles, pictures, and other materials that will help you decide exactly what changes you have in mind. Also look at features of friends and neighbors houses that you particularly like and imagine how they could be incorporated into your project. Once you have stated your needs, the employees at Cisney & O'Donnell, Inc. will be able to help provide a solution.
Once you have decided on what needs fixed or added, often times you will need to find a plat map of your property. A plat map is a drawing that shows all lot lines with bearing and distance, occasionally including existing buildings and other useful information needed to obtain a building permit. You probably got a copy of a Certified Survey Map in your closing documents when you closed on your property. If you cannot find this document you may need to have one created by a certified surveyor so that we may use it to produce the necessary drawings for your permit.
Q. How do I decide on a budget?
A. One way to create a budget for your home improvement project would be to find out what the homes in your neighborhood are currently selling for. The difference between the current selling price for these homes and the price you paid for your house should be an indication of how much you could spend on the project and get your money back if you were to move within the next few years. If you plan to stay where you are for more than three or four years this becomes less of a concern.
Q. Are estimates free?
A. For the most part the only chargeable estimates are those pertaining to insurance claims. Some insurance companies have a policy where they will compensate you for estimates, the best thing to do would be to ask.
Q. How should I finance my project?
A. Financing can come from various sources. You can use savings, liquidate investments, borrow against retirement funds, or use one of the many options from a full-service bank.
Q. Will we be able to live in our home during construction?
A. Typically you will be able to live in your home during remodeling or addition projects. Cisney & O'Donnell, Inc. will discuss the details entailed with the project prior to each phase, and workers will aim to minimize disruption of your routines caused by construction.
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