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How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost in the Coral Gables and Miami, Florida Area?

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Remodeling your bathroom in Coral Gables, FL can add exceptional value to your home. Yet this is also a remodel that can be a bit on the costly side. As you are planning your budget for a Coral Gables bathroom remodel, you need to know how much to plan. Here’s some information about what the …

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Key Design Elements for Miami Home Remodels

Posted on: November 1, 2016

Remodeling your Miami home? These 7 key design elements will help you make sure to have a stunning space. Click the image for a printable PDF! Light – Allowing natural light in your home makes it seem bigger, brighter, and more open. Sustainability – Using sustainable flooring, solar electricity, or energy-efficient lighting and appliances will …

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10 Stunning Outdoor Design Tips for Fire Features in Miami

Posted on: October 22, 2016

Are you looking for a way to make your Miami yard really shine? With our mild climate and warm nights, outdoor entertaining is a way of life here. Fire feature installation in Miami can make your outdoor entertaining even more engaging and comfortable. Here are some design ideas to consider if you are looking to …

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6 Tips to Repair Your Miami Yard after a Hurricane

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Some Miami homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath of our latest hurricane, while others are considering what they would do in the future to protect their homes in the next one. While your landscape may be the last thing on your mind as you deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, it’s a good …

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Selecting the Right Bathroom Fixtures for Your Coral Gables Bathroom Remodel

Posted on: September 25, 2016

Today’s modern, elegant bathroom is about much more than just function. Bathroom design elements are suggestive of your personal taste and style, and when chosen correctly, can invoke a sense of relaxation, calm, light, and space. When it comes to choosing the right fixtures for your Coral Gables bathroom remodel, the sky really is the …

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Miami Kitchen

Posted on: August 28, 2016

Are you planning a Miami kitchen renovation? Breathing new life into your kitchen space can make your home more comfortable and your kitchen more functional, and this upgrade can add significant value to your home. In fact, a major kitchen remodel can add almost $40,000 in value to your property and recoups over 60 percent …

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How to Prep Your Miami Backyard for an Unforgettable Event

Posted on: July 23, 2016

Miami’s agreeable year round temperatures are conducive to outdoor living, providing the ideal setting for open air gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues. Regardless of the scope or nature of your backyard event, preparation—including backyard landscaping—is the key to its success. No one is more qualified to assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of a flawless …

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Top 5 Kitchen Design Don’ts for Miami Homes

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Planning a Miami kitchen remodel can be a fairly large task. It involves a ton of details, logistics, planning; the list could go on. And at Habify, we like to think we take a large amount of the sting out of the whole process. Our goal is to leave you enjoying only the best parts of …

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7 Ways to Love Your Landscape

Posted on: January 21, 2016

1) Invest in Design

Choose a team with expertise in space planning, plants, and construction. All of these skills are important for a successful project. A beautiful and practical landscape increases the value of your property and shouldn’t be left in the hands of the yard guy.

2) Eat, Play, Relax

There is a reason that you live in South Florida rather than South Dakota. What features would allow you to spend time enjoying your garden. Pools, Outdoor dining, cooking, entertaining and relaxing areas help you spend more time outdoors. Include a mix of play areas, patios, areas shaded by trees or trellises, sunny areas, and privacy hedgerows.

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Nothing is More Expensive than the Cost of Regret Part. 2

Posted on: August 17, 2015
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2. Hiring the wrong professionals for the wrong reasons Basing your decision to hire a professional solely on price can become a huge regret in the end. The cheapest bids often times have left things out of the scope of work or under-budgeted the materials that would be best suited for the project and the client’s expectations. This is sometimes by accident, or worse- on purpose- in order to “get the job”. Unscrupulous professionals can “forget” items with the knowledge that they will be captured down the road in the form of change orders that can cost the homeowner a lot of frustration and “creep” the overall budget past what was anticipated on the outset of the project. The best business-minded and customer-service focused professionals, by contrast, will attempt to capture the complete scope of work and have detailed discussions about your expectations in regards to the quality of the materials being used, along with the actual work required, to try and hone in on the proper pricing for the project up front. In addition, the lowest bidder may use unlicensed workers, not carry the proper type or amount of liability insurance, or cut corners to save money on the project instead of doing things to industry standards. The implications of many of these cost-saving practices can result in serious consequences ranging from fire or safety issues to shoddy craftsmanship and cheap-looking results. Conversely, hiring the most expensive firm can have the consequence of saddling the cost of the project with the cost of higher overhead as they are offering a lot of services you don’t want or need. There are times when the business model is not well suited to your specific budgeting goals for your project, and flushing those items out is imperative to avoiding regret in the choice and expense of hiring the right professionals.
Another factor to consider in hiring professionals to manage the project for you is to determine what style of business works best for your expectations. Do you expect daily interaction initiated from your service providers? Do you expect your call or email to be answered immediately every time you pick up the phone or click send? A higher level of interaction in most cases, requires a larger amount of staff (and overhead) which, frankly, just costs more. These costs often result in fewer headaches and clear expectations though, and should not be discounted if this is what is important to you.
The bottom line here is that you want to vett the professionals you are working with and base your choice on all of the factors to be considered and pricing is certainly important to meet the bottom line budget. These professionals will be in your home- your personal space- and communicating with you during what most homeowners would consider to be a very stressful time. The level of attention being paid to service, detail, craftsmanship, safety and satisfaction contribute to whether the price is right…and not regrettable.

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We’ll be back next week with #3 in this series!

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