Contractors and Home Repair Specialists You Should Know

Whether you’re ready to sell or have just bought a new property, the chances are a little home improvement is on the agenda.

When it comes to your biggest asset, it’s a good idea to leave certain projects to the experts. Below are the types of contractors you want to get to know and have in your contacts for quick and easy reference. If you need recommendations, our local real estate experts are a great place to start. They have had an up-close view of dozens and dozens of properties, both before and after some outstanding upgrades (good and bad!). They have read countless home inspection reports. They can tell you which contractors performed quality work and which ones did not.

Carpenters
Masters of their craft, a great carpenter can make custom built-in cabinets, bookshelves and even bathroom vanities. They can build stairs and frame windows, doors, and new walls. Any woodwork in your home can be repaired, replaced, or added by a good carpenter.

Electricians
Their skills go beyond the norm of installing light-fittings and ensuring supply to your home. They can cable a data network, fire alarms and audio-visual equipment for a home theatre.

Lighting Consultant
Allied to the work of an electrician, a lighting consultant can make your home come alive with lighting solutions that you might never have considered. When it comes to selling your home, stylish lighting can be a real winner and with so many considerations and technical elements, these experts can be worth the investment.

Roofers
Got a leak? The source can often be surprising and tricky to find, especially to a novice. This is definitely a job best left to the experts who see these problems every day, not twice in a lifetime.

Workers installing tin cap on the iron chimney.

Chimney and Fireplace Pros
Municipal fire departments in the U.S. respond to an average of 48,530 house fires per year caused by heating sources, including fireplaces and woodstoves. If your home has either one, the safety of you and your family depends on regular inspections, proper maintenance, and quality repairs done by certified professionals.

Painters
This is probably the task most of us think we can do ourselves. If so, you’ll need the patience of a saint. All that cutting-in and preparation work can be a killer. A painting contractor will come in with their team, do a professional job in a fraction of the time you can do it yourself. For many of us, the cost of avoiding the stress and mess is money well spent.

Tilers
There are few things that scream “amateur DIY” more than a bad tile job. The technique seems so easy, especially with those plastic spacers to keep everything straight. Maybe you can do this yourself, but expert tilers can take on complex jobs that will add value to your home.

Roofers
Got a leak? The source can often be surprising and tricky to find, especially to a novice. This is definitely a job best left to the experts who see these problems every day, not twice in a lifetime.

A beautifully landscaped yard can add value to your home.

Landscapers
These guys are not just gardeners, of course. Their value is creating a vision for your garden, not just moving rocks and laying turf. A landscaper will offer not just a design but the plants that will turn the plan into a luscious reality.

Concreters
Their skills vary enormously from exterior work like driveways, walks, and patios to laying a polished concrete floor complete with under-floor heating and creating custom kitchen countertops to that won’t crack or wear for years to come.

Flooring Pros
Whether you want vinyl, carpet, a floating floor or a quality hardwood timber for your flooring, get the experts to assess the condition of your current floors and consult with you on your needs. They will help you pick the best materials and products to fit your home, lifestyle, and budget.

If you’re about to undertake any home improvement but wondering whether it will add value to your home, please contact one of our experience Realtors. They’d be happy to discuss buyer trends in your neighborhood and the features of a home that add value so you can make an informed decision.

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