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What to Expect During a Home Remodel in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Do you really want to remodel your home but you’re scared to start the process? You’ve probably heard the horror stories about terrible contractors that do a horrible job and take all your money. Yes, there are some bad contractors out there, but there are plenty of hard-working honest contractors in Vancouver WA as well. A common concern that many homeowners have is how long and tedious the remodeling process can be. So here are some examples as to what you should expect when you remodel your home.

Know the true scope of your project so you know exactly what to expect. That means make a plan and follow it. You also must hire the right contractor before you begin any project. Then, make sure that the designer or architect draws up the plans that will be used. Once you start sharing your plans with contractors to solicit bids choose the right one.

After you choose your contractor, finalize the plans, obtain all the necessary permits and approvals then get ready to build. The building process will typically take several weeks or even months, depending on the size of the job, so be patient. Each aspect of a remodel must pass inspection as well. At some point you will choose your finishes and they will be installed. Lastly, make sure you check that all the work meets your satisfaction.

Please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online if you are looking to start a remodeling project at your home or office in Vancouver WA.

Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – Vancouver WA General Contractor

Posted by admin on May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Unless you own a brand new home or you just recently remodeled your kitchen then you’re probably like most people: you would love to have a new kitchen with all the latest bells and whistles. There are literally thousands of kitchen design options to choose from so it could take you while to find the perfect solutions, but here are some of the top kitchen design ideas right now.

One popular trend is to open up your kitchen and that’s not just referring to floor space. Trading cabinets and cupboards with open shelves and storage spaces is a growing trend. This allows you to display your favorite dishes as well as some added home décor items.

New appliances can give any kitchen a boost, so by choosing to upgrade your old ones your kitchen can gain instant value as well as increased functionality and more energy efficiency. Updating your hardware is another way to spruce up your kitchen. New hardware can make old cabinets look so much better. New lighting fixtures, ceiling prints and a fresh coat of paint also make a huge difference.

Of course, there are so many other ideas to choose from for a kitchen remodel, but when you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen with your perfect design then please contact Direct Finish Construction to get the job done right. You can reach us at 360-690-5616 or click here to send us a message online.

What to Look for in a Commercial Contractor in Vancouver WA

Posted by admin on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever searched for a commercial contractor in the Portland and Vancouver area then you know that there are hundreds to choose from. You can search high and low in all kinds of places, including online, by speaking with friends and family, or even in the phonebook. There’s just no end to the choices you will have.

However, you don’t want to hire just any commercial contractor to take care of your job. You want to hire the right one. After all, this could be your livelihood you’re talking about and you don’t want to take any chances. Commercial jobs literally come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to look for a seasoned commercial contractor that has experience with your kind of project.

Here are a few other important things to look for in your commercial contractor.

  • Look for a contractor that communicates well – avoid hiring someone that tries to avoid you. In other words, if they aren’t available when you need them and they don’t respond quickly to messages then you want to avoid hiring them.
  • Reputation, Experience & Expertise – perhaps nothing is more important than a commercial contractor’s reputation. A contractor’s reputation is built by their experience and expertise and by how they do a job from start to finish. Make sure the contractor you hire in Vancouver or Portland has a good reputation.
  • Licensed & Insured – Always look for a commercial contractor that is both licensed, and insured where he or she will be performing the work. You should contact the insurance company and the licensing board if you want to be 100 percent sure.

The bottom line is your commercial contractor should be legally authorized, courteous, knowledgeable, and communicate well. Please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online if you are looking for a commercial contractor in Vancouver WA or Portland OR.

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.