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The Take Off

Thinking about a home renovation? Here are a few things to consider before busting out your drill. 

April 26, 2022

It seems like everyone is hopping on the remodeling train since the pandemic started. We’ve been stuck inside and all have this sudden urge for creativity and have noticed all the little things we can fix or flip. A home renovation can be a different approach to getting your dream home without having to relocate or start from scratch, but there are a few things to consider before taking the leap into your project.

One of the most important things to consider is if you have the resources to finance your project. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you’ve got your home torn apart and no money left to finish the job. Refinancing your home, taking a loan out for the full amount and paying back over time, or checking with your homeowner's insurance to see if you have any damages that can be covered are a few smart ways to get the ball rolling.

Once you’ve got your funding squared away, the next step is to find a reputable contractor or plan out your DIY timeline. This step is just as important as making sure you have funding. The last thing you need is to be stuck paying for mistakes and having to backtrack. There are several resources to help find the right contractor, we like Angi’s List, Thumbtack and Google Guaranteed. If you’re going the DIY route then planning out each phase and making sure you have the right skills and tools is critical. It’s wise to work on one room or project at a time so that you can still live in your home during the remodeling process.

When you have your plan in place some other things to consider are material costs and availability. The pandemic may have brought on the urge to make the most out of being at home but it has also caused major delays and backorders on materials. It’s wise to have several options in case what you need isn’t available at the moment.

Building and renovating are both exciting endeavors to be on so regardless of DIY or contracting out, you’re on the path to creating a customized space for you and your family! Green Home offers step-by-step project planning on remodeling your home and would love to build something with you!

Inflation & How we're handling it 

April 19, 2022

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you may have noticed the rising costs of construction materials and labor workers. Construction companies have been “lucky” to be considered an essential service during the pandemic, however, sourcing materials and labor have proved difficult.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Producer Price Index for construction goods increased by 17% year over year in 2021. This trend doesn't look like it’s going to be going down anytime soon and is on track to rise 7% more over the next year. Finding skilled tradesmen and laborers has also proved difficult.

So, how are we keeping things running at Green Home, you ask? We’re creating our own playbook and making the experience as smooth as possible for our customers. Once we’re under contract we don’t change the cost of materials no matter how much they’ve inflated. Your quote is locked in and we do offer financing as an option as well. Material is very difficult to source so we’re buying more common items in bulk to help alleviate some of the pressure and as always we try to be as transparent as possible with turnaround times. Finding and keeping employees is harder than normal due to government assistance and low wages. We have an overflow of work and specialized training programs with lucrative pay and benefits.

We’re taking things day by day to ensure we can perform to the best of our abilities for our customers new and old. If you’re considering a project that includes lumber and hard to find items I would strongly recommend getting on our books as soon as possible to avoid inflation costs on items

How to fix a leaky roof. 

April 14, 2022

Don't wait until it's too late!

Did you know that most common roof repairs can be easily repaired without professional help?The fix itself could be simple but finding the cause of the leak can be tricky. If you start to see ceiling stains the best way to determine the culprit is to go grab a flashlight and head to your attic. You’ll need to look for water stains, black marks, or even mold, and that's a whole other problem in itself. If the leak is manageable, a simple fix would be to remove the insulation and vapor barrier, and if you have mold that will also need to be removed. Once that's done you’ll need to patch the spot and reassemble the insulation and vapor barrier.

If you have a more serious problem you will need to look for any penetrations that could be causing unwanted water flow. Look at your vents, chimney, dormers, or anything that could've created an entry for water or moisture. In this case, it would be wise to have an inspection done by a licensed roofing contractor. Most places will do a free assessment and can also help with your insurance to see if they will approve a repair or even a replacement.

Leaving your home exposed to the leak can turn from an easy fix to something serious very quickly. Moisture will create mold fairly quickly and you don’t want your family to breathe in toxins from the mold. If you find yourself in need of assistance in water remediation or a leaky roof GHI Roofing offers free assessments and insurance assistance. We can be available quickly and will make sure you’re taken care of.