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April 26, 2013
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel Project - Before & After

Once a remodeling project is complete, we love to look at the "before" and "after" photos and see how the space was transformed. This is one of those projects that was especially fun because we remodeled our client's kitchen and bathroom! We do many kitchen and bathroom remodel projects every year and every one is unique. Between the countertops, cabinets, tile work & flooring, there are a variety of ways to put your own personal touch on the space. For this particular project, the client chose:

  • White Poplar Custom Cabinets
  • Chrome Hardware & Fixture Finishes
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Cambria Countertops - Windermere Color
  • Marble Shower Surround
  • Pale Beige Paint Color for Walls
  • Complimentary Light Fixtures  
Kitchen-home-remodeling-before
Before
Kitchen Remodel
After
Kitchen Remodel - Before
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Kitchen Remodel - After
After
Kitchen Remodel - Dining Room with Floating Shelf
Dining Area
Kitchen Remodel - Tile Backsplash & Cambria Countertops
Countertops & Backsplash
Bathroom Remodel - Before
Before
Bathroom Remodel - After
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Bathroom Remodel - Before
Before
Bathroom Remodel - After - Cambria Countertops
After

Click here to view more project photos!

April 16, 2013
Helpful Guide to Selecting a Professional Remodeler

When planning to remodel your home, you want nothing less than a professional job. Who wouldn’t want the best quality in terms of workmanship and materials when it comes to improving your most prized and most valuable asset? However, when it comes to selecting a remodeler, too many times people forget the time-proven adage that “you get what you pay for.”

The dilemma that confronts many homeowners is the desire for a top-notch job at the lowest possible price. With price as the primary focus, you may be ignoring other criteria that may carry more weight in producing a successfully completed project and a smooth working relationship with the remodeler. 

It’s understandable that price is a major consideration when it comes to remodeling. As a homeowner, it is important to understand that remodeling is a service and not merely a product. This service encompasses the intangibles that make up the process of remodeling – how everything comes together and results in a satisfying experience and an acceptable finished product. The materials and products that go into it can’t define a professional job alone. 

Rather than selecting a remodeler based on where one bid falls compared to others, shift your focus to finding a professional remodeler; then go about getting a bid on your job.

Some important characteristics you should be looking for to ensure that you hire a professional remodeler are: 

Experience – Ask how long the remodeler has been in business. Longevity suggests financial stability, which is necessary for the remodeler to finish the job and still be available if problems crop up after the job is completed. Also, the more jobs the company has completed, the more expertise the remodeler will bring to your project and the hidden surprises that remodeling typically entails.

Reputation – Look to the remodelers’ former and current customers to gauge the company’s reputation. Obtain the names and phone numbers of customers you can call to get their impressions of the company’s work and customer service.

Business Credentials - A good place to start your search for a remodeler is with your local builders association and it’s affiliated local Remodelers Council. Groups like these help to keep their members informed about new products, construction techniques, business practices and industry issues. Participation demonstrates a remodeler’s commitment to professionalism and to the remodeling industry.

License and Insurance - Ask to see a copy of the remodeler’s license.  It is also important to verify that the remodeler carries workers’ compensation and liability insurance.

If your goal is a professional remodeling project, then your best bet is to hire a professional remodeler who possesses these recommended characteristics. The extra cost will pay for itself in the satisfaction you receive while the project is in progress and during the many years you will enjoy the completed project. 

Home Check Plus would be happy to be the remodeling contractor you select! Give us a call 320-529-4800 or email rachel@homecheckplus.com

April 9, 2013
How to Hang Pictures on a Wall


Home Decorating Tip:

Does hanging art on your walls make you a little nervous? Check out this helpful guide on how to hang pictures and artwork by learning about positioning, measuring & hanger options: http://low.es/mrBsx2

April 2, 2013
Exclusive Savings on Andersen Windows!

We've got a GREAT DEAL on a GREAT WINDOW for you! SAVE 5% on Andersen A-Series Windows!! This exclusive offer is good through April 30th, so call us today at 320-529-4800 for a free estimate on your window replacement project! 

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March 20, 2013
Home Check Plus Turns 16!

Sweet 16! Yes, Home Check Plus turned 16 this year! Home remodeling has always been in my blood and the past 16 years have been great!  It is very rewarding to take a project from the design phase, through construction and completing it with the final cleaning and walk through. Being we are a full-service remodeler, every day is unique and different. One day we might be replacing windows and the next day demo-ing a kitchen to be remodeled. I am blessed with very dedicated employees, so “thank you” to them. And of course we couldn’t do what we love to do without our wonderful customers. Turning 16 is pretty sweet!

Wishing everyone a happy Spring!

-Dale Gruber, Owner of Home Check Plus