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
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
Are you planning on a home remodel in Coral Gables? 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 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
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
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.
We’ll be back next week with #3 in this series!Read More
When planning for a major home remodeling project, such as a kitchen or bath renovation, there is nothing more expensive than the cost of regret! Let’s break down the components of these projects to find the hidden ways your perception, decision making and outside influences can impact your satisfaction with the project after it’s completed.
It’s a simple question that we get asked everyday. “I just need a ballpark figure, can you give me a general idea” or “It’s just a small space, can you give me an estimate?” I understand where these people are coming from – they want to make sure they are not wasting their time by pursuing a project that is beyond their means or they want to feel us out to see how we compare to other options in the market. It’s not like we have published prices for how much our projects cost and people need to know what they should expect. I understand why the question gets asked.
Unfortunately, the answer is never as simple as folks want it to be. The honest truth is we don’t know. You may not like that answer but that is the reality. I wish it was more…Read More