Do you have enough outdoor lighting in your Florida home? For most Miami homeowners, outdoor lighting is more than just a luxury. It’s a true necessity. Here are five reasons why landscape lighting is simply something you must have if you call Florida home. You Will Be Outside In Florida, outdoor living is simply a …Read More
Does your home need a bit of a facelift? The holiday season an be a great time to give your home a little TLC, especially before you host family and friends for the season. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you can also become quickly overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you …Read More
Living in Miami means enjoying fun in the sun all year long. For this reason, many homeowners will transform their yards into outdoor living spaces with all of the features they need to fully enjoy the space. One way to do that is by adding an outdoor kitchen. Here are six reasons why having an …Read More
If you want additional privacy for your Coral Gables home, you can either build a tall, unsightly fence, or you can invest in privacy landscaping. Privacy landscaping in Coral Gables ensures that you have the privacy you crave, with an attractive look that benefits the aesthetics of your home, rather than detracting from it. Here …Read More
Are you currently living with an outdated, cramped, or poorly functioning kitchen? Kitchen remodels in Coral Gables top the list of home renovation projects among Miami homeowners, for both the aesthetic and resale value. A professional, high quality kitchen remodel is one of the most important improvements you can make to your home, and there’s no …Read More
If you have been dreaming of adding a pool or remodeling your pool in South Miami, Habify is the smart choice. The pool builders at Habify work to make your pool building project simple by putting our smart design processes, expert contractors and knowledgeable construction team to work for you. Because we are a full-service …Read More
One of the simplest and most rewarding ways to expand your living space is with an outdoor patio, complete with ample space for entertaining, relaxing, cooking, or recreational activities. With an endless amount of design choices at your disposal, the sky’s the limit, so we decided to share our favorite patio designs for 2017 to provide you with …Read More
Are you planning on a home remodel in Coral Gables in 2017? If you have a number of projects you wish to tackle, you may find it overwhelming to determine which should be first, or which should take precedence. As you’re making your list, here are some ideas you can use to prioritize your projects from …Read More
If you’re set on adding a paver driveway in Coral Gables, your smart choice is Habify. As an add-on to your landscaping project, we can create the perfect paver driveway to frame your home. We emphasize durability, sustainability and energy-efficiency in all we do, including driveways, and will handle the project from the initial start to the …Read More
When remodeling a property in a hot, humid environment like Miami, Florida, you will need to give careful attention to the materials used. Some standard building materials, including many woods, are prone to damage and warping when constantly exposed to humidity. To avoid this problem, choose the right building materials for your next project. Here are …Read More
Remodeling your bathroom in Coral Gables, FL can add exceptional value to your home. Yet this is also a remodel that can be a bit on the costly side. As you are planning your budget for a Coral Gables bathroom remodel, you need to know how much to plan. Here’s some information about what the …Read More
Remodeling your Miami home? These 7 key design elements will help you make sure to have a stunning space. Click the image for a printable PDF! Light – Allowing natural light in your home makes it seem bigger, brighter, and more open. Sustainability – Using sustainable flooring, solar electricity, or energy-efficient lighting and appliances will …Read More
Are you looking for a way to make your Miami yard really shine? With our mild climate and warm nights, outdoor entertaining is a way of life here. Fire feature installation in Miami can make your outdoor entertaining even more engaging and comfortable. Here are some design ideas to consider if you are looking to …Read More
Some Miami homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath of our latest hurricane, while others are considering what they would do in the future to protect their homes in the next one. While your landscape may be the last thing on your mind as you deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, it’s a good …Read More
Today’s modern, elegant bathroom is about much more than just function. Bathroom design elements are suggestive of your personal taste and style, and when chosen correctly, can invoke a sense of relaxation, calm, light, and space. When it comes to choosing the right fixtures for your Coral Gables bathroom remodel, the sky really is the …Read More
Are you planning a Miami kitchen renovation? Breathing new life into your kitchen space can make your home more comfortable and your kitchen more functional, and this upgrade can add significant value to your home. In fact, a major kitchen remodel can add almost $40,000 in value to your property and recoups over 60 percent …Read More
Miami’s agreeable year round temperatures are conducive to outdoor living, providing the ideal setting for open air gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues. Regardless of the scope or nature of your backyard event, preparation—including backyard landscaping—is the key to its success. No one is more qualified to assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of a flawless …Read More
Planning a Miami kitchen remodel can be a fairly large task. It involves a ton of details, logistics, planning; the list could go on. And at Habify, we like to think we take a large amount of the sting out of the whole process. Our goal is to leave you enjoying only the best parts of …Read More
1) Invest in Design
Choose a team with expertise in space planning, plants, and construction. All of these skills are important for a successful project. A beautiful and practical landscape increases the value of your property and shouldn’t be left in the hands of the yard guy.
2) Eat, Play, Relax
There is a reason that you live in South Florida rather than South Dakota. What features would allow you to spend time enjoying your garden. Pools, Outdoor dining, cooking, entertaining and relaxing areas help you spend more time outdoors. Include a mix of play areas, patios, areas shaded by trees or trellises, sunny areas, and privacy hedgerows.
2. Hiring the wrong professionals for the wrong reasons Basing your decision to hire a professional solely on price can become a huge regret in the end. The cheapest bids often times have left things out of the scope of work or under-budgeted the materials that would be best suited for the project and the client’s expectations. This is sometimes by accident, or worse- on purpose- in order to “get the job”. Unscrupulous professionals can “forget” items with the knowledge that they will be captured down the road in the form of change orders that can cost the homeowner a lot of frustration and “creep” the overall budget past what was anticipated on the outset of the project. The best business-minded and customer-service focused professionals, by contrast, will attempt to capture the complete scope of work and have detailed discussions about your expectations in regards to the quality of the materials being used, along with the actual work required, to try and hone in on the proper pricing for the project up front. In addition, the lowest bidder may use unlicensed workers, not carry the proper type or amount of liability insurance, or cut corners to save money on the project instead of doing things to industry standards. The implications of many of these cost-saving practices can result in serious consequences ranging from fire or safety issues to shoddy craftsmanship and cheap-looking results. Conversely, hiring the most expensive firm can have the consequence of saddling the cost of the project with the cost of higher overhead as they are offering a lot of services you don’t want or need. There are times when the business model is not well suited to your specific budgeting goals for your project, and flushing those items out is imperative to avoiding regret in the choice and expense of hiring the right professionals.
Another factor to consider in hiring professionals to manage the project for you is to determine what style of business works best for your expectations. Do you expect daily interaction initiated from your service providers? Do you expect your call or email to be answered immediately every time you pick up the phone or click send? A higher level of interaction in most cases, requires a larger amount of staff (and overhead) which, frankly, just costs more. These costs often result in fewer headaches and clear expectations though, and should not be discounted if this is what is important to you.
The bottom line here is that you want to vett the professionals you are working with and base your choice on all of the factors to be considered and pricing is certainly important to meet the bottom line budget. These professionals will be in your home- your personal space- and communicating with you during what most homeowners would consider to be a very stressful time. The level of attention being paid to service, detail, craftsmanship, safety and satisfaction contribute to whether the price is right…and not regrettable.
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