Maintaining a home in Atlanta has its ups and downs. The capital city is the biggest in Georgia, and living here could be very intimidating. The city is thriving, which means the standard of living is a bit high, traffic could be terrible and places crowded. Maintaining a Georgian home can be expensive since Atlanta remodeling and home construction companies aren’t exactly cheap.
Living in the capital city, however, has its rewards. The big question is, “Where is it better to live, in the city or suburbs?” There is always a push and pull to this argument since both locations have advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few.
Atlanta is now a crowded city with more than 420,000 people sharing a land area of only 214 square kilometers. Nobody enjoys being crammed but having so many people in the city has its advantages. The more people helping together to uphold the economy means more industries; and more industries means more career opportunities, more chances to succeed in business and better chances for success.
Metro Atlanta is the third metropolis in the country with the most number of Fortune 500 companies. With proper education and skills, Atlanta locals will not find it difficult to establish a promising career at Home Depot, UPS, AT&T and a handful of other top business brand names that are based in the city.
Also, Atlanta has a thriving tourism industry and this is always a good thing. Having more tourists means more wealth coming in from the outside. Whenever city revenue goes up, job opportunities increase. As a result, consumers have better purchasing power and consumers are happier.
A very probable offshoot of a flourishing tourism is that visitors from another city or state could fall in love with Atlanta and stay here for good. This is not unlikely to happen in a city as beautiful as Atlanta.
Another important consideration when deciding where to live is the commute. The best homes are not only the ones with very good insulation, most expensive materials and modern architecture, but also those that have access to schools, hospitals, business establishments and public transportation. While city traffic may be too congested, the suburbs could be too far from anything.
Some ideal Atlanta suburbs that are near the subway are Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Edgewood, Decatur, East Point, and Capitol View, among others.
Finally, the suburbs get the upper hand when it comes to saving hundreds of dollars. Needless to say, city living is much more expensive. Some Atlanta suburbs that are popular for low cost of living are Norcross, Decatur, Fayetteville, Alpharetta, and Roswell to name a few. And since cost of living is affordable, residents can afford to get bigger homes.
When it comes to remodeling homes, the costs may not matter much based on location. Atlanta remodeling contractors does a walk-through in order to come up with the most correct estimate or quotation based on several factors such as materials, extent of repair and amount of time needed to complete the remodeling.
To cut costs, consider these things before hiring a contractor. One, gather and compare estimates. Once you know how much money contractors will ask you for the kind of work you are looking for, you can adjust your remodeling plans according to your budget. Asking for quotations will also help you see which contractor knows what they are talking about. The best contractors have no problem coming up with a written estimate that is very close to the actual cost. A good estimate comes with as much detail as possible.
Two, keep it simple. With the kind of economy the country (and the world) is now experiencing, it is good to be simple and practical. When remodeling any part of your home, try to make it as close to the original to avoid unnecessary costs. Or perhaps you can ask yourself, “Do I really need to remodel at this time of year? Shouldn’t I simply focus on making repairs?”
Three, hire the most cost-efficient Atlanta remodeling contractor that can provide references and proof of insurance. Successful and confident contractors won’t have any qualms giving you a list of former clients who used their services for a similar remodeling work. You can freely call these people and ask how the contractor did. Ask about efficiency, use of time, safety habits, cleanliness at work, level of professionalism, accuracy of quotation, and friendliness. Giving out a reference is a true sign of professionalism and legitimacy.
Providing a proof of insurance is also very important. This serves as your protection as a consumer. Ask your contractor for any document issued by their insurance provider addressed to you.
Four, recycle. Remodeling doesn’t always mean making everything new. You can reuse the same fixtures and appliances if they are still in good shape. For instance, if you are changing the layout of your kitchen, consider reusing the old sink or kitchen cabinets. Old woodwork, piping and other materials might just need some cleaning, sanding or repainting, and then they’re good as new.
You can also ask your contractor for old, reusable materials from their previous work. Or maybe they have old kitchen fixtures just gathering dust in their storage area somewhere and that are still good to use. Asking such favors from your contractor will also send signals that you are seriously trying to keep your budget and so they should be cost efficient as well. It also won’t hurt (and will clearly send a signal, too) if you ask your contractor for a discount.
Finally, get involved in the construction work. You may have hired the best and most cost efficient Atlanta remodeling contractor but this doesn’t mean you let them loose and not take control of what’s going on. You don’t need to lift a hammer but just check on them from time to time. You don’t have to be nosy, too. Also, you yourself should purchase the materials since contractors normally add a few dollars to the actual cost of materials when they make the purchase. Take action by buying what are needed so that you can choose the cheaper yet of good quality ones, and then maybe get discounts, too.