The Home Improvement Nightmare-Who’s To Blame and How To Avoid It

Unless you live in a remote part of the country with no television, newspaper or other people to talk to, there is a good chance you have heard or read about a home improvement scam or project gone wrong. It seems to be a fact in this country that when you go about doing a home improvement project you will usually encounter countless problems, delays and shoddy work.

The home improvement experience leaves most people stressed and vowing never to do another project again! So it is not surprising to hear that home improvement complaints rank at the top of consumer complaints nationwide year after year. Where does the blame fall for this epidemic of home improvement problems?

I am proud to say I was a home improvement contractor for almost 30 years and I was fortunate enough to win some of the industry’s highest awards. However, it has never ceased to amaze me the poor home improvement decisions that I have seen so many homeowners make. One of the more notable mistakes I would see done over and over again was when a homeowner would blindly hire someone to do a project because the person was a friend or a friend of a friend. To me this reasoning makes no sense.

Friendship and craftsmanship are not related, but for some reason a lot of people believe other wise. Another great example of homeowner apathy is hiring someone to do a project without ever putting anything in writing. Who in their right mind would ever agree to such a disastrous situation? Another very similar blunder would be for a homeowner to blindly accept an estimate on the back of a business card. Usually the only information that has room on the back of a business card is the PRICE.

A major mistake made by many people doing a home improvement project is letting price dictate the decision on who to hire. More problems occur because homeowners pick the lowest price they can find. Why? It is very simple. You can only produce a high quality project at a certain cost. High quality materials, expert labor, appropriate insurances and a reasonable profit to stay in business, cost a certain amount of money.

If someone can do that same project under that amount, what do you think is going to happen when the job is being done? That’s right, the person or company is going to do anything they can to try and make a profit. All of the possibilities that could result from the person you hired, as the low bidder, trying to make a profit, are simply all BAD for the homeowner. In home improvements you get exactly what you pay for.

Let’s not forget to put some of the blame on people looking to work on your home. Over the years I have seen some of my competitors commit heinous business practices. (Surprise!!) I have seen contractors switch materials to lesser quality without customer approval, use unqualified labor, overcharge homeowners for “unforeseen problems”, try to up sell the customer once the project starts, etc.,etc.,etc…….it makes you wonder if you can trust anyone?

So where does the blame fall for all the home improvement complaints year after year? I guess it would be easy to blame the homeowner for not educating themselves on what to do when attempting a project. However the next question would be where does a homeowner get “educated”? Maybe a better question would be when does a homeowner find the time to get “educated”? Education is a great tool if you have the time to do the research. Most people don’t have the time or want to take the time to do hours and hours of research on how to go about getting a home improvement done correctly.

Oops I almost forgot Uncle Sam. A lot of people, including myself, think the government makes it too easy for someone, who has no ethics or skills, to do home improvement work. Why are there still some states that do not have licensing for people doing home improvements? And in the states that do have licensing, why are some of these states issuing licenses without the applicant needing to demonstrate any type of competence in home improvement work? This is like giving out a driver’s license without taking a road test. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

One last situation to blame, one that I would never forgive myself for not mentioning. Home improvement television shows have become the latest fad in television. You can hardly change television channels without a home improvement program popping up. The influx of home improvement shows on television has been phenomenal. However, most of these shows tend to unrealistically glorify the home improvement project as being easy to do with nothing ever going wrong. The last time I looked, nothing ever goes perfect, including home improvement projects. Little, if any information is mentioned on these shows, about how not to be “taken to the cleaners” when doing a project.

One would have to conclude that there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the problems homeowners face when attempting a home improvement project. Unfortunately, most of these problems have been around for many years and if you are expecting a “quick fix”, I think you might be waiting a very long time.

Since I retired from the home improvement industry two (2) years ago I decided it was time to stop worrying about who or what to blame about the constant wave of home improvement complaints (it really seems to be a waste of energy since nothing seems to change) and to put together a way for homeowners to fight back and get the home improvement results that they deserve.

This is why I founded The Home Improvement Success Club of America (TM). The club’s website, which I hope you will visit, can be found at http://www.homeimprovementsuccess.com. This is a one-of-a-kind club that guides homeowners on how to get high quality, problem free, home improvement results.

Membership to this club includes The Home Improvement Success System, a complete how-to home improvement system that details all the steps you need to take to make your project a success. The club membership also includes a web forum to ask questions, phone consultations, monthly newsletters, teleseminars, teleclasses and written evaluations of member estimates and contracts.

This club guarantees to short cut the time homeowners need to learn how to complete any home improvement project. You are shown what to do and what to avoid. All the information that you receive from this club you could spend months trying to find, but by joining this club it is at your finger tips 24/7.

To do a home improvement project correctly you need to follow five (5) steps. These steps are:

1. Define your project based on your needs, finances and structural constraints.

2. Determine who can complete the project.

3. Evaluate perspective candidates (including yourself) who you may want to use to complete the project.

4. Prepare a contract that is “thorough” and protects you from poor home improvement situations.

5. Completing certain tasks when the project is being built.

These five steps seem relatively easy to understand but it’s the “particulars” (exactly what to say and do) of each step where most people fall short. Knowing these “particulars” are what makes or breaks your project. Membership to this club will guide you to completing a home improvement project without all the problems and aggravation that most people go through.

If you are interested in protecting your home from the home improvement nightmare, than visit The Home Improvement Success Club of America Website. Joining this club is the next best thing to getting “Home Improvement Insurance”. All Club memberships come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

By Hank Jaworowski, CR
Founder and President of The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)

The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)
http://www.homeimprovementsuccess.com
e-mail:[email protected]
631-360-7722

Enlisting the Support of Home Improvement Loans to Create a New Look for Your Home

The desire to have a penthouse like the ones you pass by everyday grows stronger as you watch your own house. The drab looking interiors and the walls that need immediate repairs often produce a distaste for the home itself. However, the deficient finances ensure that you have to stay in the same home rather than shifting base to your dream home. You have the option however, to make the stay in the home much more pleasurable through a home improvement loan.

The home improvement loan is employed to give a new look to the home by creating extensions, changing the flooring, creating new interiors, and undertaking repairs. The home improvement loan easily compensates for the deficiency of resources on the part of the borrowers. Using ones personal resources for spending highly on home improvements will be difficult for an individual since there are other expenses too, that he has to make for subsistence and to maintain a particular standard of life. All these point to the convenience that a home improvement loan can result into. It puts into the hands of the individual enough resources to adorn his/ her home of as many features as they desire. Moreover, there is no need to repay the amount at once. The repayment of the home improvement loan is due in a certain specified period and the individual has the option to repay the loan in several instalments.

Having made the plans for the home improvements, you surely would not like to be kept waiting for the necessary finances. For this, a timely application for home improvement loan will be necessary. Before sanctioning a loan, loan providers will first ascertain the credibility of the applicant. This is done by studying the credit report of the borrower. The study of credit report illustrates the credit status of borrowers. If the home improvement loan is secured against home or any other asset as collateral, then a valuation of these assets will also be undertaken. These processes sometimes delay the approval of the loan. In order to ensure that you receive home improvement loan at an opportune time, the application must be made as soon as the budget for home improvements is ready.

The easiest but the vital most part of the home improvement loan process is the application stage. Application does not singly include the filling up of ones details for getting the Home improvement loans. There are various steps that lead to this stage in the process. The most important of these include finding the most appropriate lender for getting loan. Since there are many lenders operating in the UK, choosing one out of them will be tedious.

Especially so for the borrowers who are not much conversant with the ways of the loan providing agencies. Independent financial advisors are governed by the rules laid down by Financial Services Authority. They guide the borrowers into choosing appropriate loan providers after studying the case specifications of each individual case. The independent financial advisors can also be engaged to help during the other decisions that need to be made on the home improvement loan, such as the decision on the amount of home improvement loan quoted, decision on the monthly repayments, decision on the method of charging interest, etc.

Having chosen the loan provider, the borrower is now ready to apply. Online application is a relatively newer trend in the financial markets. Through an online application, borrowers can conveniently submit his/ her details from his home or office on a secure internet connection.

The improvements made in the home result in an increase in the equity in home. Opportunities for better deals in home improvement loans open up for the borrowers. A home that is held already by a mortgagee can be requested to finance the improvements in home through a home improvement loan. In most cases, the mortgagee will willingly accede.

Generally, homeowners draw home improvement loans for their own home. However, the loan is available for tenants who want to make improvements in the home they are residing. This is through an unsecured home improvement loan. Tenants are not the only beneficiaries of unsecured home improvement loans. Some of the homeowners who fear the repossession of their homes in cases of defaults too will desire an unsecured home improvement loan. This is despite the fact that unsecured home improvement loans are dearer than secured home improvement loans in terms of the interest charged.

A few restrictions may be imposed on the manner in which the proceeds of the home improvement loan is employed. Loan providers may restrict borrowers from using the amount, either the whole of it or a part of it, on any head other than home improvements. This however, is dependent on individual lending policy of the loan provider.

The knowledge must have dawned on you that there is little sense in moving home when you can conveniently create a similar look for your existing home through a home improvement loan. You only have to play your cards well in choosing an appropriate lender and in making vital decisions on the loan, and the home is ready to make others envious.

Home Improvement Loans in UK – Manufacturing Home of Your Choice

How do you see your home? Are you always thinking of ways to make it better? You are heading straight towards home improvement. It is oft-quoted and usually it should be that your home should be a reflection of your own self. Rarely do we get a chance to mould into our own vision. Home improvement loan in UK is that one prospect that furnishes choice and freedom to find that home we started out with.

Millions of home owners in UK undertake home improvement projects every year. With current environment of strong housing demands and historically low interest rates, home improvement loan in UK have experienced incomparable activity. 24% of 2.4 billion loans taken every year, in UK, are for home improvement. Home improvement not only provides comfort and peace but it increases the value of home. Home improvement aid to build equity and achieve financial security.

Home improvement loans for UK homeowners provide maximum flexibility to carry out safety and health repairs. Before taking home improvement loans try to analyze why you want to make home improvement. If you are improving for the purpose of selling in UK, try putting yourself into the homebuyer’s position before making improvements. Home improvement loans will serve their purpose well if you take them for any of the following reason –

o Adding a new room like a bedroom

o Adding or remodeling a bath

o Adding or enclosing a garage

o Improving the kitchen

o Landscaping

o Health and safety repairs

o Electrical and Plumbing

o Roof, gutters, sewer or water lines repairs

Remember a home improvement loan should be taken for improvement rather than repairs. Repairs are for maintenance and would not as a rule add to the value of the home. In fact rather than concentrating on immediate repairs, look at the whole picture. Home improvement loans will be worth it if you have taken care to minimize the problem rather than fixing it. This will avoid a larger expense later on. Home improvement loans in UK will finance your remodeling plan, no matter how you intend to do it – via a contractor or yourself.

While taking home improvement loans, you can take any of the under given options.

o A second mortgage for home improvement enables you to borrow against your home. It will allow you to borrow about 80% of the value of your home minus the original mortgage.

o Home improvement loans via refinancing means taking out a new mortgage. For extensive remodeling, this home improvement loan is not right. To refinance, generally you’ll need to have equity in your home, a solid credit rating and a steady income.

o You can take home equity loans for home improvement. A home equity line of credit, you are not charged interest rates unless you make withdrawals. The interest rates on home equity loans are tax deductible. However, read the terms carefully before you sign. If your home improvement loan is an ‘interest only’, then you pay interest for the term of the loan and the whole amount at the end of the term.

o An unsecured loan for home improvement in UK will be ideal for projects costing £10,000 or less. A lender will evaluate home improvement loans keeping in mind your credit history and income.

All the option which holds your home as security is secured. You can loose your home in case of non repayment.

Home improvement loans like any other loan should not intend to break the bank. Also, do not let the home improvement bug bite you and eventually make you do improvements that do not pay. Choose wisely while improving home and taking money against it. You are looking at your home and thinking “it would be nice if……..” and then suddenly the reality dawns upon you. You start calculating and find that you are short of money. Home improvement loans will bridge the gap.