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Choosing Your Concrete Contractor in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Are you in the market for some new concrete in Vancouver WA or Portland OR? If you’ve made up your mind to move forward with your project then your biggest decision will be which concrete contractor to hire. There are plenty of concrete contractors in the Portland and Vancouver area but they are not all created equal. Therefore, there are some important things to consider when choosing which company to hire.

The number one thing you should do is talk to several different contractors. You can learn a lot about a concrete company just by speaking with them and asking a few questions. Find out how much experience they have and how many jobs similar to yours they have done. You could always go with the first person you talk to but you might end up with the wrong contractor in the end.

You should also check for references, just as you would for any other kind of company you hire for work around your home. Also, make sure that your contractor is licensed and insured and that you put the work agreement in a contract. To that end, be sure to read the contract closely so you know exactly what to expect.

Lastly make sure you hire the right kind of concrete contractor. While some concrete companies do both residential and commercial concrete, some only do one or the other. If you’re pouring a new patio then don’t try to hire a contractor that focuses mainly on roads or other large projects. Instead find one that has experience doing similar jobs.

For a trusted and reliable Vancouver WA concrete contractor call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

Hiring the Right Vancouver WA Remodeling Contractor

Posted by admin on March 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Everyone has heard at least a few general contractor horror stories, including most general contractors. Novels could be written about the many awful experiences people have had with contractors they’ve worked with for all kinds of projects. There are so many different contractors to choose from and they come in many different levels of experience, expertise and ability. So if you want to do a remodel in the Vancouver area how do you go about choosing the right general contractor?

The first thing you should do is to ask for referrals from your friends and families. They can tell you about both good and bad experiences and perhaps steer you in the right direction. You should also check a contractor’s credentials, such as the proper licenses and insurance. Check their references as well and ask for examples of work, including speaking with previous customers.

A good contractor will also give you a detailed, up front estimate with no hidden surprises later. However, they should also explain that there could be some additional unforeseen expenses that should be included in the estimate. Most importantly, you should ask a lot of questions, including what size projects do they normally do? Have they done any similar projects to yours before and how were the results? How long will the job take? What subcontractors do they work with and how much contact will they have with you throughout the process?

The list of important questions goes on and on. If you would like to discuss your remodeling project with an experienced Vancouver WA remodeling contractor then please call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 today. Or, contact us online.

Remodeling a Rental the Right Way in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on March 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

The rental market is booming in both Vancouver WA and Portland OR right now and that means property owners can make a nice profit in the current market. In fact, if you make a few improvements on your rental property right now, you might be able to raise your rental fee and make even more. That’s because so many people are looking for homes to rent.

If you have a home that you would like to rent, or your current rental property is in between renters at the moment, then now is the time to put a little money into that property so you can maximize your profit-making opportunity. However, make sure you do the job right. First, you don’t want to price your home out of the market by putting too may high-end additions or features into your home. So know the neighborhood and make sure your remodel choices don’t put your home out of the market.

Also, be careful not to do too much because you never know how well renters will actually treat your home. At the same time, you can’t go cheap or you won’t add any value to your property. One of the ways to upgrade your rental is to increase additional living space, as well adding additional bathrooms. Some other important areas to consider are your windows, doors and siding. Although these may not create a lot of oohs and awes, they will increase the value of your property and make our home more efficient.

There are several good ideas if you are going to remodel a rental property and Direct Finish Construction can help you with them all. Please contact us at 360-690-5616 or click here for your rental remodel in Vancouver WA.

Time for Some New Concrete – Experienced Concrete Contractor in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

As winter is nearing an end and spring being not too far away, you might be thinking about doing some concrete work around your home, like pouring a new driveway or patio, or maybe an RV pad. Or perhaps it’s time to put in a retaining wall or even a new foundation. If you’re in the market for a concrete project then now is the time to start looking for an experienced Vancouver WA concrete contractor to schedule your project.

If you have an existing concrete structure of any kind that you plan on ripping out to make new for the new work, then you will need a solid concrete demolition crew to do the job right. We’ll haul away your old concrete, prepare the site for the new mud and then lay it with precision. That means we’ll prep the ground and get it ready for the new concrete by properly leveling the surface. We’ll set the forms, place the new cement and then provide the finish work.

If you’re laying a slab you can also add a unique finish and once it has set we’ll cut the proper joints to help prevent cracking and seal it to keep it protected from the weather. At Direct Finish Construction, we are a full service concrete contractor and we’ll get your job done right. Please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online if you are looking to install a new driveway or any other concrete project at your Vancouver WA home.

Affordable Vancouver WA Bank Repo Remodel

Posted by admin on February 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever looked into buying a foreclosed home you know that it can be a scary process. You never know what you’re going to get. The problem is when someone is forced to give up their home, they often aren’t very happy about it so they decide to do a lot of damage before they leave. When the bank takes possession of one of these homes they want to sell it as is, without spending any money on repairs.

So, you might be able to get a good deal on a bank repo, but you also might be left with some major repairs. That’s when it’s a good idea to contact an affordable Vancouver WA general contractor to help with your bank repo remodel project. We’ll help you decide where to put your money to get the most return on your investment.

We’ll also advise you on which projects you might want to tackle yourself and which ones you should leave to the professionals. Buying and remodeling a bank repo can be a good investment, but you have to make sure you don’t end up with a bigger project than you bargained for.

Therefore, whether you’re a buyer who wants to buy and fix a bank repo, a buyer who wants to use it as a rental, or a bank that wants to make a few repairs before selling it, you need to contact Direct Finish. We have repaired and remodeled several bank-owned homes in the area and we know how to get the most value out of the remodeling process. Please contact us at 360-690-5616 or click here for help with your bank repo project.

Trusted Vancouver WA Remodeling Contractor

Posted by admin on January 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Are you tired of your old kitchen? Do your appliances look like they’ve been around since the 80’s? Has that linoleum floor seen much better days? How about those countertops and cabinets? Could they use an upgrade? Remodeling a kitchen is a big chore. But in almost all cases it is an investment worth making. When you update your kitchen you not only get to enjoy a beautiful new room, but you add value to your home.

So what should you do if you’re ready to remodel your kitchen? The first thing to do is search for the right general contractor to help you through the entire project. When you find a trusted Vancouver WA remodeling contractor the job will go much smoother. Your contractor can help you design your new kitchen, choose your new materials and appliances and oversee the entire project from start to finish.

Here are some of the top things you’ll have to consider as you move ahead with your remodel:

  • Your budget
  • New Cabinets and countertops
  • Plumbing
  • Lighting and electrical
  • Flooring and fixtures
  • Your time frame

As you can see there is a lot to think about so having an experienced contractor to help you every step of the way is extremely helpful. If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen in your Vancouver WA home then please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online and let’s get your project started.

 

Reliable Remodeling in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Are you looking to do some remodeling? A lot of people would love to build a new home but many people can’t afford to upgrade. Other people love their current location, but they would like to improve and renovate their current home to give it a fresh new look. Remodeling your home can be a big job and there are so many things to keep in mind when you choose to do a remodel, including which rooms to remodel, what materials to use and which contractor to hire.

First off, when you remodel your home consider which rooms and what kinds of remodeling will bring you the most in return. For example, the two rooms that bring the most value to your home are the kitchen and bathroom. If you are doing a whole house remodel then put most of your assets towards these two rooms.

You also need to carefully consider what materials you will use. To do this, you will need to determine your budget and then choose the nicest upgrades that you can that fit into that budget. However, certain items have more value than others, like counters and cabinets in the kitchen and cabinets and fixtures in the bathroom.

Of course, you could always choose to do your own remodel, but many of these jobs are better left to the professionals. Sometimes, in an effort to save money and do it themselves some homeowners make costly mistakes and end up paying more for professional help than they would have if they had used a professional contractor from the beginning. If you’re ready to remodel your Vancouver WA home with the help of a reliable and experienced Vancouver WA remodeling contractor call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

Installing a New Concrete Driveway in Vancouver WA the Right Way

Posted by admin on December 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

There are a lot of concrete contractors to choose from in Vancouver WA, and for the most part people believe that the only difference is price. While it’s true that there are many concrete contractors that do solid work that lasts, not all concrete contractors are the same. Some cut corners and take shortcuts that can end up leaving you with less than satisfactory work. That’s why it’s so important to get your new driveway in Vancouver WA installed the right way.

Installing a new driveway is a process and each step must be followed properly, without skipping any steps. First off the area has to be prepped. That means removing any old concrete or debris and then leveling the spot so the water can drain away to the right location. The ground surface also needs to be durable and compact, so there will be no sinking.

The framework comes next and this needs to be done right so the shape of the concrete stays true and the actual material has a chance to dry and set in the proper location and shape. When the slab has a had enough time to cure, the frames can be removed and then joints need to be added if they weren’t part of the pour. This is done by cutting lines into the concrete with a special saw, which helps the concrete from cracking in random locations.

At Direct Finish Construction we have many years of experience installing new concrete driveways in Vancouver WA the right way. Please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online if you are looking to install a new driveway at your Vancouver WA home.

Make Sure You Choose the Right Vancouver WA Commercial Contractor

Posted by admin on December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Commercial construction, just like residential construction requires a knowledgeable and experienced contractor at the helm. In fact, when you’re dealing with commercial construction it’s even more important to get the right contractor in place to get the job done right. There are many more liabilities for those doing work at a business location, especially when potential customers will be visiting the location. Therefore, it’s extremely important to get the right commercial contractor for your Vancouver WA construction project.

Most commercial contractors are dedicated and hard working and don’t cut corners. However, there are some that do, so make sure you check their references and talk with previous clients to see how they’ve performed in the past. It’s also a good idea to check out some of the work they have done, which shouldn’t be a problem if it’s at a commercial site. This can a long ways in telling you what kind of work they do.

Make sure you have a contract in place before you start any project. This lays out the parameters and protects you from shady work. Never pay your contractor up front. However, you can set up a progressive payment schedule wherein the contractor receives partial payments when he finishes certain parts of the job. Always ask for a realistic time frame for completion in your contract so your contractor is obligated to get the job done.

These are some of the important factors to consider when you are hiring a commercial contractor. For a trusted and reliable Vancouver WA commercial contractor call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

Is Your Vancouver WA Driveway in Need of Some Repairs

Posted by admin on November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

So what should you do if your driveway is starting to fall apart and in need of some repairs? Should you just tear it out and start over new? That is one option, and if your driveway has already passed the point of no return then it might be your best option. Direct Finish Construction can help you with that option too, but if you want to salvage your current driveway and don’t won’t to pay the cost of a brand new driveway then you can opt for repairs.

There are several concrete repair options available. One option is to resurface your current driveway. Resurfacing will cover up the cracks and chips and give your driveway the look and feel of a brand new driveway. It is less expensive than a completely new driveway as well.

Another option is to do concrete engraving, which can turn cracks and lines into a design that can liven up the look of your entire driveway. Slab jacking is another option to fix an old driveway that is starting to sink. You can pump new materials under the sinking location, which can lift the low spot back up. Lastly, recoloring is another option that can make an old driveway look new. It covers stains and it protects the concrete from other damages.

These are all options that are available to you if you contact Direct Finish Construction for concrete repairs. Call us at 360-690-5616 or contact us online to talk to an experienced concrete contractor in Vancouver WA.