What Your Contractor Isn’t Telling You

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Tampa Florida Contractor

When looking for a contractor to work on your home or business, it’s important to take your time, do your research and ask the right questions. Being in the industry for nearly two decades, we’re here to help you navigate the process.

Here are four things you should know that your contractor isn’t telling you:

You get what you pay for.

When it comes to construction, cheaper isn’t always best. You want the best quality for your home and business and your contractor wants to be able to provide you with just that. Contractors have relationships with vendors that will help save you money on big ticket items, so while the initial quote may seem high, you’ll see the difference in the work compared to others at lower price points.

I might not want to work with your tradesmen.

When you hire a contractor for a full-scale remodel or renovation, they will need to hire experts to tackle specific projects like plumbing and electric. Even though your Uncle Johnny, a licensed plumber, is a great guy – contractors have relationships with sub-contractors who they know the quality of their work, what to expect and how to best execute the task at hand. In the end, it works out in your favor.

I know how to get the job done.

While contractors won’t ask you to leave your home or business, please know it’s best if you stay out of the way and let them do their job. Even if you just want to take a peek and help where you can, it’s best to speak with the contractor as it can be considered a safety issue. Don’t worry, if you’re needed – they will reach out to you.

You should check my work history.

If you haven’t already checked out the contractor’s reviews you should. Keep in mind some people will complain about anything, but you’ll be able to get a feel for the type of business the contractor has and the quality of work based on the majority of reviews.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to ask to visit other job sites to take a look around and see how things are. Is there trash everywhere? Are employees smoking on the job? These are things you’ll want to know before they get started at your home or business.

If you’re in the process of hiring a contractor to work on your home or business, keep these things in mind. At Rossi Construction, we’re honest, trustworthy and happy to answer any questions you may have – schedule a free consultation with our team to learn more.

Do Kitchens And Bathrooms Really Sell Homes?

remodeling my kitchen

remodeling my kitchenThe answer is a resounding, yes.

Whether you are thinking of sprucing up your home for personal enhancement or selling your home, these two rooms are especially important to the value of your home.

 As a result, these upgrades can come with a hefty price tag and a whole lot of myths.

Smashing Myths

Myth #1: Remodeling is easy. Sorry but that isn’t always true. Renovation jobs can be very easy or tough depending on the home’s layout, age, and any preexisting issues. So, go it your kitchen and bath project with an open mind.

Myth #2: The Lowest Bid Is the Best Value. That is not necessarily true either. The lower bid could end up being costly in the end if they are major mistakes to be repaired. Sometimes the higher bid could be the better value.

 Myth 3: My renovation needs to be overdone to get a higher offer from a buyer or a higher price value from an appraiser. Some renovations can be done that add value to your home with having to be expensive.

Myth 4: I can do most of the renovation myself.  Sure, it’s possible, but it can be much easier, cost effective, and well-done if you use a contractor.

Before you tackle a kitchen or bath reno, consider these tips before you commit.

Do Some Research

You may not be interested in the opinions of your neighbors, but their style and the style of your community can have a place in your home renovating projects.  For example, if homes in your neighborhood include granite countertops and hardwood floors in the kitchen, it is likely that buyers will be interested in seeing those features in your home if you decide to sell. Also, staple and traditional kitchens and bathrooms can add value to your home because they never lose appeal.

 Everything In Moderation

 It can be tempting to make expensive upgrades to your kitchen and bathroom to give your home its personal touches. A bathroom renovation can be a week long project that focuses on added new paint to cabinets and upgrading hardware, or it can turn into a multi-month project that includes a backsplash, new flooring, new cabinets, and an oven range that would rival any 4-star restaurant.

 No matter your renovation needs, the idea is to get the most for your buck, and that may mean making small adjustments that matter.

Finding A Professional

The craftsmanship of the home is equally as important.  You should avoid skimping on quality professionals for costly upgrades. When the craftsmanship is down right, these renovations will be well worth the money and can decrease headaches during the entire process.

Do you have questions about bathroom remodeling?

Tampa bathroom remodeling

Tampa bathroom remodelingDo you know how long it will take to remodel a small bathroom? How much will a bathroom remodel cost? How do you choose a focal point for the room? If your answer to any of these questions happens to be resounding confusion, you are not alone.

A bathroom remodeling project has so many moving parts that unless you are a professional who works in the field every day, or a Tampa homeowner who has captained more than one remodeling project, then the details and all of the small decisions will be overwhelming. That does not mean it is difficult to educate yourself before a remodeling project.

If you will be remodeling your bathroom, it pays to have a working knowledge of what you should expect and what to devote extra thought toward. Walking in with your eyes wide open can spell the difference between a nearly pleasant remodeling experience and a waking nightmare. Take a look at the collection of tips below to develop a cheat sheet for minimizing stress associated with your Tampa bathroom remodeling project.

It pays to set a realistic budget.

Before you commit to a project, it is important to manage expectations when it comes to how much money you want to spend on the renovation. All budget calculations will need to include one fixed number in the size of the bathroom, but material quality and some do it yourself demolition labor can impact the total cost of the remodel. Creation of a budget for the bigger items will help you make decisions about the fixtures, tile and assorted extras that make it into the finished product.

Time is money, a Tampa contractor can be your friend.

Do I need to hire a contractor for a small bathroom remodeling project? If you keep in mind that the project involves plumbing, tile work, electrical and a host of additional specialties, it is advantageous to hire a contractor capable of completing the work.

How long will the remodeling project make my bathroom inaccessible?

Most people are under the impression that a small bathroom remodeling project will take no more than two weeks. This will not prove true in all cases. A remodeling timeline will depend on the total number of items being moved or changed in your bathroom.

Bonus Tip:

Never make the toilet the focal point of the bathroom.

Nearly every homeowner with a fifteen to twenty year old home, with at least one bathroom that has never before been remodeled, has a toilet that remains in sight lines when a door is open. We can all agree that the look is not aesthetically pleasing. If find yourself unsure as to what to make the focal point, aim for anything but the toilet!

The truth is, a Tampa bathroom remodeling project will always be confusing to an unprepared and inexperienced homeowner. Rossi Construction, Inc. will help from beginning to end to make the process problem-free.

Ideas to consider before a bathroom remodel

Tampa Bathroom Remodeling

Tampa Bathroom RemodelingChoosing to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home is a fantastic way to modernize a part of your home and produce an interesting, relaxing and more efficient space. When planning for the bathroom remodel, it pays to ask yourself a couple of questions first.

How does my budget look?

Initially, you will need to decide how much you are interested in spending on the bathroom renovation. Developing a budget before you begin the project will provide a foundation for all planning and ensures that you do not invest more than you are capable of affording. Your budget will also prevent you from failing to complete the master bath renovation due to financial inability.

Why do I want to remodel my bathroom?

Will my focus be beauty? Do I need to make the bathroom handicap accessible? Am I remodeling to make efficient use of space? Are the proposed changes for me to enjoy, or is the end goal to increase the value of my St. Petersburg property and make my home attractive to potential buyers?

Do I have specific priorities?

When you have an idea as to how much you can spend and the main purpose of the bathroom remodel, you will want to start to prioritize the facets of the project. After accounting for what must be accomplished, like replacing cabinets that are beyond repair, think of what would be the most helpful in meeting your goals. If your attention is focused on raising the value of your home, speak with a real estate agent to confirm what kind of return you can expect on for the addition of an easy-access, ADA compliant shower.

How can I save a little money?

Reconfiguring a bathroom to meet ADA guidelines can be an expensive undertaking, but you can save money by keeping most fixtures in their original location. Redirecting electrical wiring and some plumbing can complicate matters and add unexpected expense.

How much ventilation do I need?

You will want to ensure any bathroom remodeling project includes adequate ventilation. Inability to control moisture will allow mildew and mold to quickly overtake any updates, thereby undoing the time and cash you have put into modernizing your bath.

If it is time to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa Bay area home, please give the specialists Rossi Construction a call at 813-436-0177 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Bathroom renovation checklist

Tampa Bathroom Remodeling

Tampa Bathroom RemodelingBathroom renovation is often overwhelming for a typical Tampa family. You need to decide how much you can comfortably spend, select the best products and figure out if you will be modifying the layout.

All of this happens before you call a contractor like the specialists from Rossi Construction.

To guarantee that your bathroom renovation project keeps on schedule, here is a checklist you can keep. Always remember: A successful Florida renovation project is all about the timing.

Six months before the renovation

Now is the best time for inspiration!

Determine what you want your updated Tampa bathroom to look like, rip pages out of magazines and bookmark samples so you can build either a scrapbook or a Pinterest inspiration board. Be sure to make notes about what you like in each bathroom design. As the list of compiled samples grows, flip through the photos and find the similarities and see what is out there by way of fixtures and flooring that are a good match.

Talk to a specialist from Rossi Construction.

While it is not necessary to talk to a contractor this early, it is the ideal time to open communications and get an idea as to their upcoming schedule.

Sketch your preferred bathroom layout.

It is important to plan your bathroom layout early. Think about what works and what does not work in your current bathroom layout, because a lot of St. Petersburg homes were built when families had a smaller list of “must have” features.

Do you want to move the shower or toilet, and if you do, is this practical? It is important to understand that the toilet is the most expensive thing to move in the bathroom while a shower with multiple sprayers will typically require additional rough plumbing work. Both plumbing situations will equate to more money spent.

Three months before the renovation

Finalize the project budget.

After figuring out what you can comfortably spend to remodel the bathroom, look at the number again and understand that roughly 2/3 of the money will be spent on qualified labor. If it feels like the remaining budget is too small, do not worry: Thanks to an array of flooring and fittings options, you can replicate a pricey look for less.

Call Rossi Construction to schedule an in-person meeting.

With just ninety days before the demolition, now is the time to call 813-436-0177 to schedule an appointment to meet with our team. Ask all of the questions that will be plaguing you as the demolition approaches:

  • How much will I pay at the beginning of the project?
  • How long will I be without a shower during a Tampa summer?

Two months before the renovation

Purchase all required fixtures and tiles.

Always play it safe by ordering your preferred tiles and fixtures 6 – 8 weeks before your scheduled bathroom demolition date.

One month before the renovation

Prepare for the arrival of the Rossi Construction team.

Clean the cabinets, medicine cabinet and all additional storage space. Take some time to establish a temporary preparation space where you will be able to get ready for work out of the sight of our team.

During the renovation

Try to remain patient.

If a project is delayed by a couple of days, do not get overly frustrated. If a two day delay is the only problem you experience in the entire renovation process, things are good!

The Best Things To Change In Your House

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tampa home improvementHome and building remodeling can be an expensive endeavor, and deciding whether or not you want to go ahead with the project is the first step towards success. The four most important qualities for successful building remodeling are quality, pricing, energy efficiency, and low-maintenance. In order to plan the best project possible, try to find a building remodeling construction company that comes highly recommended in these four areas. Once you’re satisfied with your contractor, you can go ahead and make the renovations that you’ve been planning!

Here are two home remodeling tips to help you plan some quality design and construction.

1. Room Conversion.

Some of the best building remodeling jobs involve the conversion of a room to something nicer. In fact, attic-to-bedroom conversions are incredibly popular, and are considered to be one of the best values with regards to financial return. Turning a rarely used space into something both well-designed and practical will benefit your home and allow you to create something special. Whether it’s an attic, a basement, or converting an extra bedroom into that entertainment center you’ve always wanted, room conversion can be exactly what you need.

2. Kitchen Remodeling.

Sometimes your kitchen seems out of date and inconvenient, unable to keep up with the rigors of a busy household. Planning a kitchen remodeling and design change can improve one of the most important and highly trafficked rooms in your house. Studies report that almost 70% of all building remodeling projects revolve around the improvement of the kitchen area, and those findings aren’t surprising. The kitchen is crucial to day-to-day activity and family gatherings, and is often a high-traffic area that acts as a hub for the home. Updating your kitchen to provide a better space for your family is a good decision that will do wonders to improve the function of your home.

These two suggestions are relatively simple, but they will provide a baseline for where to start your renovation project. Consider whether your kitchen accomplishes all the tasks you’d like, and think about whether there’s a room in your home that you’d use more, if only it were something else. Remodeling your home is a big project, but it can also be one of the most rewarding.

Rossi Construction, Inc. Selected for Best of Brandon Award

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Best of BrandonTampa residential remodeling specialty company, Rossi Construction, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it had been selected for the 2014 Best of Brandon Award in the Custom Home Builders category by the Brandon Award Program.

Each year, the program finds companies that they believe succeeded in achieving marketing success in the local community and their specific business category.  All nominees are local companies that build the positive image tied to small business through positive service to their regular customers and local community.  These companies help make the local area a better place to live, work and play.

The Brandon Award Program collected and analyzed a number of sources of information in order to find winners in each business category.  The 2014 Brandon Award Program focuses specifically on the idea of quality, not quantity in the way a business accomplishes its goals.  Winners are actually determined based upon internally gathered info by the Brandon Award Program and certain third parties.

About the Award Program:

The Brandon Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brandon area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brandon Award Program was put in place to recognize the top local businesses in our community.  The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About Rossi Construction, Inc.:

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in the Tampa Bay area.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design in Tampa FL since 1979.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

Ideas for his and hers bathroom designs

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When you are in a relationship with someone, you begin to get used to sharing most things. You might share the butter and jelly in the morning. You might share a car during the day and you probably share a bed at night. Sharing can be a wonderful thing about being in a relationship but when it comes to bathroom space, sharing isn’t always ideal. In fact, having your own space in the bathroom can be wonderful! Below are some awesome design ideas for his and her bathrooms. 

Sinks for each of you

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Cabinets between the sinks for each of you 

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Individual closets 

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Seating for the times you are waiting on your spouse to finish getting ready

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Double shower heads and a large shower space 

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Create a bathtub for two

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If you like any of the designs here or if these photos inspired you to come up with an idea of your own, call Rossi Construction for ultimate bathroom remodeling in Tampa.

 

 

Things You Will Want to Avoid When Building a New Home in Tampa

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House ConstructionBuilding your dream home is an exciting undertaking, but it’s also one that requires a lot of preparation. Overlooking something in the planning process can lead to trouble as you begin the construction. Here are a few things that you’ll want to avoid when designing and building a new home here in Tampa.

1) Not Using Your Space Wisely

Space is the number one resource that a new home provides you, and not using that space wisely will only make life harder for you. Finding a balance between living and storage spaces will vary depending on what your needs are, but take time to think about where and what you want your spaces to be before you start building.

2) Misjudging Your HVAC Needs

AC and heat are the only things that will make your home bearable in the hot summer months and cold winter months. Choosing an HVAC unit that is too small for your home will leave you wanting more from it, while choosing a unit that is too big will cost you a fortune in energy bills.

3) Messing Up the Lighting

Compensating for a lack of window lighting with light fixtures will be expensive, and too much window lighting might affect your privacy. Take some time to think about how you can strike a balance between the two.

4) Misplacing Your Laundry Room

Since most people keep their clothing in the bedroom, it’s best to have a laundry room that’s nearby. Lugging heavy loads across the house will get tiresome very quickly.

5) Building Useless Rooms

If you’re a childless family, will you really be using a game room enough to warrant building one? Unused rooms are not only costly when working with Tampa construction companies but also end up being makeshift closets.

6) Misplacing Your Kitchen

Your kitchen should be near an entrance to your home but not so close that it receives too much foot traffic. To help cut down on this problem, consider placing it near the rear entrance.

7) Misplacing Your Bedroom

Unlike the kitchen, you want your bedroom to be far away from the entrances of your house. Also try to keep the master bedroom from sharing a wall with any key living areas.

8) Misplacing Your Garage

Limit the amount of mud and dirt that get tracked in your house by placing the garage away from your busiest rooms.

9) Poor Planning in General

Building a home should not be a rush job, and hurrying the process too much will cause you to make the mistakes listed here as well as others you might not have considered. Take your time so that you can enjoy the finished product.

10) Getting too much Outside Advice

While most people giving you construction advice mean well, they can become overbearing at times. You’re the one who will be living in the home, so make sure that you’re calling the shots during construction.

Renovations that Will Increase Your Homes Resell Value in Tampa

Are you thinking about putting your home on the market soon? Before you do, you may want to consider making a few key renovations to your home—when done correctly, these renovations can increase the value of your home, which translates to more money in your pocket! Focus your time and money on these specific renovations that have been shown to effectively increase your home’s resell value.  Continue reading “Renovations that Will Increase Your Homes Resell Value in Tampa”