Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Atlanta Home Remodeling Trends

   Functional kitchens, luxurious baths, outdoor living spaces...all current trends in home remodeling. As we continue to spend more quality time with our homes, we continue to find new ways to make our spaces work for us! However, we wanted to talk about some other kinds of trends we're seeing in Atlanta remodeling. We're seeing more of these two kinds of projects in the past two months, than we have in the past two years!
     Lately we have received many calls from potential homeowners looking to buy a home and wanting to remodel the home before moving in. These are fantastic projects for the client & remodeler alike; and in today's market, there is more opportunity for buyers to undertake these remodels than ever before! Finding an "imperfect" home in the right area, right neighborhood, right school district for the right price has an easy solution. Turn the new home into your dream home before you even move in!
     AK has met with several clients at their contracted homes to give them estimates on work to be completed after closing. Clients love having the AK team ready to go so they can pull the trigger on the project immediately following their closing. This minimizes the amount of time they need to stay in their current home or alternate housing. The work done on newly purchased homes has ranged from window replacement, new decks,  and kitchen remodels to complete historic home renovations!
     The second trend we've seen in Atlanta remodeling is much less positive. We have received more calls than ever from homeowners who hired a contractor to complete a remodeling project, gave them a deposit or money for work done, and now the contractor has disappeared. We know that when the economy headed south many unscrupulous people tried to turn to building and remodeling, by identifying themselves as a contractor and attempting to win projects with low prices and, sometimes, bad intentions.
    We've heard from trusting clients who have been left with demolished, unusable bathrooms. We've heard from homeowners with a partially completed basement renovation where a load bearing wall was inappropriately removed! We even caught our local news covering similar stories on last night's evening news. Our hearts go out to these clients each and every time we receive their phone calls. Rest assured, AK can help them turn their nightmare into a dream by working with them every step of the way until they are completely satisfied with their new space.
     We know contractor horror stories are nothing new, and as a reputable and professional  remodeling company the negative stereotypes are something we constantly try to dispel. AK constantly strives to educate potential clients about what to look for from a contractor or remodeler by offering remodeling resources, our code of ethics and other things to look for when starting a project or hiring a remodeler. While we ALWAYS like the phone to ring and to speak with a potential client, we hope that the trend of hearing from people after a bad experience will soon be just another out-of-date fad! (We'd much rather help them get it right the first time!)

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