Following the experience of a remodel, most homeowners simply cannot wait to indulge in their home’s new features and get back into a normal routine. However, before you get too comfortable living in your newly defined space, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your home is better preserved for years to come. We at Future Vision Remodeling would like to share these important steps you should take following your remodel.
Get All Warranty Items Registered
More than likely, your contractor has a warranty on many of the features in your home that covers the dents, dings, and other mishaps that happen within a year or so of the completion of the remodeling project. Additionally, if you upgraded your appliances such as the wine coolers, ovens, fridges, air conditioners, or washers/dryers, they have their own warranties that likely exceed the contractor’s warranty they provided. Be sure to have the paperwork that comes with the appliances on hand, and you are good to go as these high dollar items can be registered quickly and easily.
Maintenance of Materials & Systems
Ask about regular maintenance from your contractor, or from a specialist. Unfinished woods and natural stones will need to be re-sealed, filters will have to be changed, and if you are currently dealing with hard water, your plumbing fixtures and water based appliances may need to be deep cleaned to prevent buildup. These are just a few examples of the things that will need maintenance about every year. Most homeowners are not trained to handle these maintenance needs, or simply lack the time. Your contractor can share the proper maintenance of these various materials, or at least point you in the right direction. If nothing else, be sure to consult a professional of the various elements in your home to ensure your systems, materials, and appliances last.
Take After Home Renovation Photos
In the unlikely case of theft or damage, having photos of the finished results can be of great use. Also, the photos can commemorate a job well done and most builders are happy to have highlighting job photos on their websites if you are willing to share. Not only for these reasons but having your photos can help settle any warranty disputes as you can reference the original look of the completed job as you need it.
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Keep in mind that you do not have to wait until the very end of your remodeling project or immediately afterwards to perform these steps, just be sure they do not get neglected. Too often, the homeowner is faced with a bill instead of a free or low-cost replacement simply because an expensive item like an air conditioner doesn’t get registered properly, and if/when it breaks down, they are left to deal with it. Due diligence can make all the difference and it really can be a lifesaver if an incident should occur. When you are ready for a luxury remodel, call Future Vision Remodeling to schedule your consultation and we can discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.