How Much Should You Spend on a Home Remodel?

There is a saying often coined on home remodeling tv shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper– “buy the cheapest house in the best neighborhood.” The reasoning for this is simple and proven time and time again. The cheapest house in a desirable neighborhood has the largest opportunity for growth or “expansion potential”. Simply put, the remodeling investment made in homes that fall into this category tend to see the greatest ROI and resell faster when the time comes!

Maximizing Your Home’s ROI

Even if you are not on the hunt for a fixer-upper, spending the right amount on a remodel can be the difference between a highly sought-after home when on the market, and a home that is overpriced for the neighborhood. You tend to see the best return on a medium remodel project that will in turn appeal to the widest range of potential buyers in the future. You might have heard hard and fast numbers like $10,000 remodel for a bathroom and $25,000 for the kitchen. However, these numbers are meaningless if the value of the home is not taken into consideration. To account for this, the best method is to consider your remodeling budget as a percentage of the cost of your home overall.

As an example, let’s imagine you are considering your kitchen. Should you remove the countertops, cabinets, and floors and completely remodel? Is anything salvageable? What should you spend? One website uses the following as a detailed example.

“Let’s say you bought the house for $1,000,000. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,800 square feet of living space, and a 5,000 square foot lot. A property’s value is made up of land value and building value. In your case, the split is 50/50. If you include the kitchen, living room, and laundry room, the house has a total of eight rooms. The value of each room is therefore around $62,500 ($500,000 building value divided by 8 rooms). You can consider $62,500 as the max you would ever spend doing anything to a room.” (Financial Samurai)

While this is useful information, not all rooms are equally worthy of the investment. Generally, the kitchen is the first place people look to remodel, and this is because there are costly appliances, plumbing, and materials used within this space. Further, many home buyers regard a remodeled kitchen as the #1 must-have when on the market for a home. The master and guest bathroom in addition to the master bedroom are other rooms that rank highly on the list of home buyers when deciding which house they will purchase.

It is also worth mentioning that the kitchen and bathrooms do generally cost the most to remodel and other rooms like family rooms and bedrooms can appeal widely to buyers simply with a fresh coat of paint, updated flooring, and light fixtures!  Be sure to consider, as mentioned, the percentages involved in your remodel to ensure your remodeling projects best align with the value of your home.

How Rossi Construction Can Help

We have years of experience in construction, from crafting blueprints, sourcing quality materials to helping establish budgets to maximize the resell value of your home. Reach out to us today to learn more about what we can do for you and your home!

What Your Contractor Isn’t Telling You

Tampa Florida Contractor

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.

Essential Things to Consider Before Hiring Your Contractor

If you are looking to remodel your home in Tampa Bay or St. Petersburg, finding a reliable and experienced contractor can be the difference between peace of mind and sleepless nights. Our team at Rossi Construction have put together a list of the top things to consider and look for when hiring a contractor.

Have a Solid Vision for Your Space

Spend time researching trends and timeless touches you would like to incorporate into the remodel. Explore what kinds of looks and architectural elements you might be interested in adding as well. By have a solid grasp on what you are looking for in your remodel, you can then compare the work of the contractors you will meet with later.

Compare Rates as Well as Quality

A general number is to compare at least three local contractors before deciding on one to renovate your home. Your goal with this tip is to determine how they stack up against one another. This will give you a clearer idea of the costs and budget required, as well as the caliber of work each contractor can produce. As an example, one contractor might bid a low rate that might equate to low quality work, while a higher bid usually suggests top notch quality. Use this information and your research to determine where you fall on the spectrum, and what will meet your project’s needs as well as your standards.

Do Your Research to Determine if the Contractor is a Good Fit

While contractors of all specializations use the title of contractor, there are subcategories within the industry. Some are considered specialists and some generalists. So, seek to ensure their experience and abilities align with what your goals are for your renovation. The top things to look for when reading reviews and looking over their business website are: Do you see a similarity in their past projects and what you are looking for in yours? Do they exhibit quality workmanship and use quality materials? Do their reviews reflect consistent high levels of client satisfaction?

Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

From establishing a start and completion date, detailing information about building fees and required permits, an explanation for what services are covered (demolition, labor, equipment, etc.) and the consequences of a default by their business – the fine print holds the details. Noting the fine print is especially important for the terms of default as it can include things such as the unexpected departure of a subcontractor or an array of other unforeseen challenges. Be sure you are clearly excluded from liability in these instances and look for contractors who have their terms laid out in a fair and easy to understand manner.

How We Can Help

Rossi Construction has proudly served Florida’s Tampa Bay area for almost two decades. We have helped homeowners create or re-invent their space into one they are proud to come home to. Feel free to reach out and request a consultation to discuss the topics mentioned above! If you are interested in more home remodeling inspiration, head over to our gallery to check out some of our recent work.  We look forward to speaking with you and seeing how we can make your home remodeling dream a reality.

Tips to Stay Within Your Kitchen Renovation Budget

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

It’s no secret that your kitchen is a fantastic choice when deciding where to upgrade your home. From a mini-make over to a full-scale revamp, not only does a kitchen remodel improve you and your families lives, but your resale value will dramatically increase.  But where to start when planning and designing your kitchen renovation? We are here to help. Since 2000, we at Rossi construction have been helping folks throughout the Tampa Bay area create the kitchen of their dreams – and we have learned a few things along the way. Here are the top 5 things to consider before taking on the exciting endeavor of renovating your kitchen.

What is Your Budget?

A common first consideration when taking on a large home improvement project. It is easy to start out with good intentions, but there are commonly overlooked considerations that come into play drafting your expense list. The first step to ensuring you stay within your budget begins with planning your renovation. The surest way to spend more than is necessary is to make changes after construction and remodeling gets underway. This in one reason why is it considered best practice to consult with and professional, because we can ensure all aspects of the remodel are detailed and priced out beforehand.

Secondly, another common expense is unforeseen structural or electrical damage that requires upgrades to complete the renovation. Our team of professionals can help you budget for the unexpected and help with a pre-renovation inspection to determine the likelihood of these sorts of challenges.

Finally, consider the overall value of your home. A kitchen remodel is considered the best investment when it comes to reselling your home. A recent study found that an average $15,000 renovation saw a return value of roughly 93%. Further, a kitchen generally accounts for 10-15% of a home’s value. With this information in mind, you should seek to prioritize what changes will have the largest impact on the space and maintain or even increase the value of your home.

Establish Your Splurge-Worthy Investments

Have you been eyeing that side-by-side refrigerator? Or envision marble countertops in your upgraded kitchen? Start researching the big-ticket expenses for your remodel and look into customer reviews. This will help you get a feel for not only the quality of top items on your list, but the price. Pricing out appliances is another area where having an experienced professional on hand can be helpful. From evaluating energy costs to planning out how the space will look cohesively, we can help keep with in your budget while still building out the kitchen to your specifications.

Do You Know Who You Are Hiring?

As mentioned, your contractor will play a huge role in ensuring you stay with in your budget and that your kitchen vision is realized. For this reason, is it essential that you are hiring someone who clearly understands your hopes for your remodel. From ensuring your contractor is insured to establishing a realistic and feasible budget and creating a workable timeline the right contractor can make all the difference. Finally, check out their previous work. What better way to determine if a contractor is a good fit than letting their work speak for itself? From residential, to commercial, we at Rossi construction have designed, managed and built out kitchen renovations in the Tampa Bay area of all kinds.

Let’s Get Your Kitchen Renovation Plans Underway 

To learn more about how we can help you begin your kitchen or home remodel, feel free to contact us for more information about our services. If you are searching for some renovation inspiration, have a look at few of our previous projects. We look forward to working with you and turning your kitchen into one you’ll never want to leave!

Jason Rossi Makes List of 15 Best General Contractors in St. Petersburg

Jason Rossi – Rossi Construction

Jason Rossi – Rossi ConstructionThe city of St. Petersburg is second in size only to Tampa, it maintains a vibrant art scene and vision to become a city of limitless opportunity. St. Petersburg has a population of nearly 245,000 and it continues to grow and, with new growth, comes the need for new construction and remodeling. Local families and both large and small companies in the city are looking to hire general contractors to oversee their design and build needs. The site www.builddirect.com took the guesswork out of hiring a general contractor by building a list of the fifteen best contractors working in and around St. Petersburg. Our own Jason Rossi made that list, take a look at the full article here and do not forget to vote for Jason in the poll.

Where Should I Add a Tampa Media Room?

A media room can be a great addition to your Tampa home.  It can give you and your family a place to escape from the stresses of the world, where you can enjoy a good movie or some music without the outside distractions of the real world.

Where should I add a Tampa media room?

The best shape for a Tampa media room is rectangular, with a flat ceiling that is no higher than 12’.  Square rooms can bounce the sound waves in an uneven pattern.  It is important that you also strive to place the Tampa media room in an enclosed space.  Open entrances without doors can allow sound waves to escape and let outside noise in.

Standing waves in a Tampa media room.

This is a phenomenon that needs to be avoided in the addition of a Tampa media room.  This occurs with parallel walls that are not fitted with any type of sound absorbing material, and it causes sound waves to be canceled out when they bounce back the way they came.  It can additionally create a sound that has too much bass or may be too tinny.  It is important to remember that you want the walls of your Tampa media room to enrich sound, rather than detract from your overall experience.

Preparing the walls in your Tampa media room for sound.

The easiest way to properly optimize the walls in a Tampa media room for sound is to cover the walls in open cell polyurethane acoustic foam panels, or fiberglass panels that are at least 2” thick.  As most of you will not like the idea of floor to ceiling acoustic walls, floor to ceiling curtains can accomplish the same goal in your Tampa media room and still give the appearance of a movie theater.

Join Rossi Construction, Inc. later this week, when we follow-up with the preparations that are needed for your ceiling; floor; windows and lighting in your Tampa media room.  If you are interested in learning more about the Tampa media room we can create for you, please call us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Is It Time For a Tampa Kitchen Remodel?

It is time for a Tampa kitchen remodel! 

You have likely talked about a Tampa kitchen remodel.  You have definitely watched infomercials and ads for a Tampa kitchen remodel on television.  You may have even wandered into the kitchen remodeling section of the local home improvement store.  Your ultimate goal in all research for a Tampa kitchen remodel has always been the hope for a beautiful kitchen one day.

What is stopping you from taking the time to start a Tampa kitchen remodel?

A Tampa kitchen remodel is going to be a benefit to the overall value of your Tampa home.  Any Tampa kitchen remodel is also going to be a disruption to your daily life, while the planning; demolition and remodel are in the process of being completed.  This makes it a smart idea to work with a credible team, capable of handling every project associated with your Tampa kitchen remodel.  The region has a number of quality designers, and Rossi Construction, Inc. always suggests you choose one that you feel comfortable with and can easily afford with the budget you have in mind.

Why should I start a Tampa kitchen remodel?

If you want to make your kitchen friendlier to your friends and family, it is likely that a Tampa kitchen remodel will make sense for you.  The professionals from Rossi Construction, Inc. will be able to aid you with both design and installation, all the while providing our unique brand of tips and hints which can optimize the process of the Tampa kitchen remodel.  We understand the traffic of growing families, and can help you envision the plan that makes the most sense for your family.

The kitchen is also the focal point of many homes.  You should be able to enjoy your cooking, meals and time with your family in the kitchen.  The kitchen is a meeting point for your family, and it makes sense that a Tampa kitchen remodel could make the space more inviting to everyone.

Do not hesitate for too long before you start planning your Tampa kitchen remodel!  The sooner you contact Rossi Construction, Inc. to discuss a potential Tampa kitchen remodel, the quicker you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a lovely new kitchen.

Tampa Kitchen Remodel Guide Created

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug. 2, 2013 – TAMPA, Fla. —

In a bid to stop the insanity, and put homeowners on the right path for a Tampa kitchen remodel, Rossi Construction, Inc. supplied both homeowners and internet media with a simple foundation for use in a Tampa kitchen remodel.

The experts at Rossi Construction, Inc. explained that most Tampa kitchen remodel projects begin with the decision that it is time for a new kitchen.  It was explained that this decision commences what is called the exploration stage, in which Tampa homeowners either search for the perfect appliances or they prepare a collection of images encompassing a dream kitchen.  The exploration stage has the potential to last a year, potentially longer, before the Tampa kitchen remodel moves ahead.

After exploring all visual options for preparing the basic plan for a Tampa kitchen remodel, experts further explained that a homeowner needs to put time into the bigger plan.  Pictures of dream kitchens and every appliance decision is a matter for a different date, now it is time to consider what really needs to go into the Tampa kitchen remodel.  The experts explained that it is necessary for a homeowner to consider layout, any potential additions to the overall space and how big a homeowner intends for their family to be in the future.

When a homeowner as clear designs regarding what is a necessity for any Tampa kitchen remodel, a Tampa homeowner can prepare simple schematic drawings that layout the scale and scope of the kitchen.  Drafting schematics allows a homeowner to determine total space, required amount of flooring material and the total expense for a Tampa kitchen remodel.

Rossi Construction, Inc. closed the framework by explaining that a Tampa homeowner should be prepared to contact a general contractor after drafting basic schematics.  A general contractor will be able to take Tampa kitchen remodel plans, tweak the plans and make the Tampa kitchen remodel a reality.

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

Enjoy Your Kitchen Redesign Process

Many people enjoy the process of redesigning their kitchen, rarely having had an opportunity like it in the past and likely not getting the chance again for more than a decade.  If handled correctly, the design process can be the gift that keeps giving.  Here are a few tips that can make the process enjoyable and keep you on a budget that either is all of your own doing, or the suggested budget of a Tampa General Contractor.

  • Assess the situation ahead of time by scheduling an appointment during which a professional from Rossi Construction, Inc. can share his ideas and listen to your personal goals for the space.  Ask the member of our team to give you a bid on both the overall project, as well as any smaller projects you feel are suited to our project portfolio.  As you talk, you will start to get a feel for what’s necessary and what you can do without.  Never hesitate to speak to multiple companies about the kitchen design process as well, Rossi Construction, Inc. prides itself on fair estimates but we always want clients to do their homework.
  • While estimates on final price for a Tampa kitchen design are always important, you really want to find a Tampa General Contractor who is capable of understanding your vision and creatively working within the confines of your budget.  You need someone who is capable of speaking construction as well as layman terms regarding projects.
  • It is vital that planning the Tampa kitchen design process is never just a slapdash affair.  You need to take the time to look at photos, prepare sketches or at least complete a set of notes regarding your hopes and goals for the Tampa kitchen redesign process.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks are merely the tip of a very large iceberg associated with the ideas, planning and process of a Tampa kitchen redesign process.  Build the idea of a kitchen redesign in your mind, and then feel free to contact Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813-436-0177 to discuss making an appointment with one of our professionals.