How To Plan Your Home Renovation

In Improving America’s Housing 2019, Harvard reports the home remodelling market to be worth $450 billion.

Anyone who has ever been through a home remodelling project knows that it always ends up taking longer and costing more than expected. We gathered our top tips for planning your renovation that you can be as prepared as possible.

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  1. Choose a contractor with excellent communication – Communication should be your most important decision factor when choosing a contractor. Imagine you taking a day off work to welcome your new contractor. You agree to that they will arrive at your home at 10:00am that day. It’s 10:30am and they haven’t appeared. They haven’t called or texted you. You have tried calling multiple times, and there is no answer, and now an hour has passed. Yikes!
  2. Focus on value rather than cost – Home remodelling expenditures appear to be increasing more than ever before. This is likely due to the fact that home owners are willing to invest in the best service and experience they can find. You want to find someone who is punctual, skilled, experienced, and hard-working. These qualities will save you from unnecessary headaches and should be more important to you than getting the cheapest quote.
  3. Read reviews on contractors – Not all contractors come equal. Be sure to review their portfolio and reviews so that you can choose someone with a reputation for quality, excellence, and care. Melissa Alesi found herself in a nightmare of a home renovation after the contractor had not only failed to meet her requirements, but also left her with a mess to clean up. Had she chosen someone with a proven track record rather than her first Google Search, she could have found someone who would have delivered a beautiful end result, right from the start.
  4. Expect there to be dust – If you are allergic, be sure to stock up on your medicine and dust masks! It will be virtually impossible to clean up while the renovation is in progress. You will have to bear with a lot of dust, but it will be worth it in the end!
  5. Store everything in sealed boxes and bags – This will protect your belongings from dust and accidental damages. You also want to give your contractor a clean and tidy workspace so that they can work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Contracting requires physical labour and time, which will go directly to your invoice. Clear out the clutter and remove anything that can slow down your renovation.
  6. Communicate with your contractor – This ties back to the first point, as communication must take place in both directions. You cannot expect your contractor to know exactly what you want unless you have explained it to them in detail, and shown photos or examples, if possible. As much detail as possible will give your contractor a better understanding of exactly how you want your home to end up.

If you are looking for a reputable and experienced home contractor, we highly recommend Inspired Remodels.

Inspired Remodels
21098 Bake Pkwy
Ste 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630


Luxury Landscaping

Melissa, a reporter for the Sanborn County Daily, walked into the Cozy Café and looked down at her watch, 5 minutes until 7 AM perfect, she thought. She grabbed a coffee, sat down, and waited. After another 5 minutes, she saw a gentleman walk through the door wearing a Torrey Pines Landscaping San Diego shirt. Melissa waved her hand and smiled. The man waved grabbing a coffee quick and then approaching her.

“Hi, Melissa?” he questioned.

“Yes, hello!” She stood extending her hand, “You must be Paul it is so nice to meet you! Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of your work.”

“Wow, thanks,” he replied. Melissa couldn’t help but notice the glimmer of genuine happiness in his eyes. He must receive compliments all the time, she thought. How refreshing it was to talk to someone with a bit of modesty.

“Well, let’s get started, Paul you have recently relocated to our town and with you came quite the business. What inspired the move?” Melissa questioned.

“Well, my family and I were just looking for somewhere quiet to settle down and this seemed like the perfect place,” Paul replied.

“That’s interesting,” Melissa continued, “Most people have never even heard of our quiet town, let alone relocated here on a whim without some sort of family tie. So, you really have no ties to the area?”

“Um, no. We don’t have any ties to the area, unfortunately,” Paul went on, “we had heard about the town through a friend who absolutely raved about it and we just couldn’t get it out of our heads.”

“Well, we are certainly glad you are here!” Melissa said, “I’d love to hear more about your work.”

Paul started, “Yes, I love my work! My business caters to homeowners who are bored with their current backyard set up. I work with my customers to create their dream oasis. It honestly is a dream come true for me. I love seeing a customer’s face when a project is finished. That is the best part of my job by far.” Paul smiled genuinely and Melissa could tell he meant what he said.

“That is so endearing Paul. I think the public would love to know how you got started in the landscaping business.” Melissa said.

“Well, it is something that has run in the family, my grandfather had a landscaping company and then my father and then me. I guess you could say it just runs in our blood.” Paul said with a laugh.

“That is so sweet,” Melissa said, “Okay, one final question for you, What is your number one goal for your business?”

“That is a great question,” Paul said, “and it’s easy for me to answer, I want to make Sanborn County the most beautiful county to live in the entire country! And that’s no joke.” Paul said with a wink.

Melissa could tell why the business was doing so well, “Wow, what a personality” she thought.

“Anything else you would like our readers to know?” Melissa asked Paul.

“If you are looking for landscaping help make sure to look up Torrey Pines Landscape Contractors! You won’t be disappointed.” Paul ended with.

“Thank you so much for your time Paul,” Melissa said, “I can’t wait to see how you help to transform the neighborhoods here!”

Here’s where you can contact them if you are looking for some landscaping help:

Torrey Pines Landscape Co.
(858) 454-1433