Pay upfront or at the end of service

When do we pay for services? At the beginning, at the end, in stages?

 

Why do customers assume that it’s OK to pay builders or renovation companies at the end of the work?
Building companies provide a service for customers, and depending on the project size, it can be paid in stages.

For example, at Luxurian Homes, after we agree over a starting date and cost, we usually offer 3 payment installments, e.g. 30% at the beginning, 30-50% at the middle of the project, and the rest at the end. This is all written in the contract that we sign with the customer.

We also offer guarantees, so be rest assured that in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, we got it cover.

A reason of people wanting to pay at the end is because they don’t trust the company/tradesmen.

In the last years, a lot of bad things happened with building or renovation projects. This happened because homeowners paid all money upfront, they didn’t know who to trust or choose the cheapest quote.

Now let’s take each reason and discuss upon them

1. When you pay a big portion of the money upfront to a tradesmen, he now has secured the work with you, so he will go and search for the next customer, so he has continuity after he finishes your project.

Maybe this happened to you in the past.

2. Another thing that may happen is that you chose a tradesmen without vetting him first. Maybe you thought he’s a professional, or inspired a lot of trust in you. After the work finished, you realized that you dealt with a ‘cowboy’. A ‘cowboy’ means he doesn’t know the trade or he’s not reliable.

A few weeks ago we wrote an article, where we discuss about top renovation companies in Coventry which you can choose from https://www.luxurian-homes.com/home-renovation-companies-in-coventry/

3. The last possible reason could be that you went for the cheapest quote, thinking that all tradesmen are the same and you also keep your costs low. Again, after the work is finished and the tradesman is gone, you realize what a poor job he did, and why he quoted you like he did.

As a general rule, you should go with the middle or highest quote if you’re dealing with a reputable business/tradesman. The money that you pay for the service is worth it, as you’ll get quality services.

 

Let’s go deeper in understanding what do homeowners worry about when renovating.

Homeowners worries change over the course of the project.

Initially, owners worry most about what they can afford.

Then they worry about making decisions with a partner.

Then comes choosing people for the job and wondering what all the horror stories are about. They know that lots of people have troubles on construction jobs, but don’t know why or how they can preempt that. So they worry about being taken advantage of.

They are rarely prepared for the volume of decisions they have to make, and tend to worry about getting everything done in a way they won’t regret later. If one partner is more responsible for the owner’s participation in the project, that partner hopes the other remains supportive and thinks he’s doing a good job. Toward the end, most owners worry about stamina and patience, as they just want the project to be over.

The good news is you can remove much risk and lessen most of these worries through good planning. You can have a budget, a clear shared vision, and most decisions made before you even meet a contractor.

A contractor does have opportunities to take advantage. Not all will be revealed to you. You have no way of knowing for sure that the prices you receive from him reflect his actual costs plus a reasonable profit. You have to go on faith much of the time, and ultimately, you are forced to take it or leave it when it comes to prices. Some people really don’t enjoy this part of the process. So how do you know you can trust this person? Past behavior is the best indicator of future actions, and people tend to be quite consistent in their treatment of others. So rely on those references. They will paint a fairly clear picture of whom you’re considering for your contractors.

So there you have it. We explored how and when you should pay for services.

Furthermore, we discuss about homeowners worries when renovating and how to deal with that.

Renovate your kitchen on a budget

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As spring has come for almost a month and people start to renovate, it may be important to know how to keep the costs down if you also want to do something in the house.

Let’s say for example that you want to renovate the kitchen, but you’re on a tight budget.

What can you do?

Well, we have prepared an ebook where we explain how to renovate your kitchen on a budget.

You can access it at this link: http://bit.ly/budgetkitchen

 

We hope that this ebook will help with saving money, so you still have some left for going on summer holiday.

To see how we can help with your kitchen project, check out our kitchen service page by accessing kitchen renovation .

 

 

Top 10 home renovation companies in Coventry

Top 10 home renovation companies in Coventry

 

If you want to renovate your home, chances are you want to hire a reputable and trusted company. In doing so, you are going to research different renovation companies to find the one that best fit your unique needs. While our services help clients to renovate, we understand that you might still want to consider all of your options before selecting a home renovation company.

It is common for customers to ask us this question: “If Luxurian Homes is not a good fit for us, who would you recommend?” That’s why we have compiled a list of 10 of the best home renovation companies is Coventry and West Midlands area.

Not wanting to shy away from this daunting question, we here at Luxurian Homes have an honest and transparent philosophy when it comes to interacting with our current and potential clients. Please note that below recommended companies are not listed in a particular order.

So, let’s dive into some details about the best home renovation companies in the area.

1. Barras – https://www.barras.co.uk/

Barras is a 30 year old established home renovation business, which has built their reputation by providing quality services.

In addition, the company has a bathroom showroom and a retail showroom dedicated to kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and appliances based in Coventry.

On trustpilot website, they are rated as excellent by 100% of their customers who voted.

Barras supply and fit:

  • Luxury bathroom and showers
  • Luxury kitchens
  • Bedroom & home offices
  • Quality appliances, sinks & worktops

2. LakeView Home Improvements – http://www.lakeviewimprovements.co.uk

LakeView is in business for 20 years, and has built an excellent reputation. It did this by delivering an excellent quality of finish at competitive prices, with an exceptional level of service.

Furthermore, the founder is involved in doing the work himself, so you’ll get first class work with this company.

The rating for LakeView on Checkatrade is 9.96,  and on Yell is of 5 star rating.

 

Their focus is on Fascia/Soffits/Guttering, roofing works, windows/doors/conservatories, but also general building works like ground works or extensions.

 

3. SFK Home Improvements – http://www.sfk-homeimprovements.co.uk/

SFK is in business for over 20 years, offering high quality products and a great level of customer service.

The company’s online presence is one of the best in Coventry.

In addition, the company rating on Checkatrade is 9.81.

SFK Home Improvements cover do work in the following areas:

  • House extensions & Renovation projects
  • Landscaping
  • Paving and Driveways
  • Fascias Soffits & Guttering
  • Roofing
  • Brickwork
  • Plastering
  • Carpentry
  • Commercial Maintenance

4. O’Brien Property Maintenance – http://obrienpm.co.uk/

O’Brien offers quality services, being at the same time trustworthy and professional.

Furthermore, O’Brien is in business for more than 12 years, and started by offering carpentry services, but soon expanded their offered services.

O’Brien company has a 5 star rating on Yell.

Offered services:

  • Expert design services
  • Fully fitted kitchens
  • Fitted bathrooms
  • Fitted bedrooms

5. DCE Construction – www.dceconstruction.co.uk

DCE was incorporated 2 years ago, but already is established as one that delivers quality services to customers.

In addition, they are open 24/7, so if you have a urgent problem, get in touch with them.

This company has a 5 star rating according to Yell.

Their focus is on works as:

  • Conversions
  • Cladding
  • Patios
  • Listed buildings
  • Paving, driveways
  • Commercial builders
  • Property maintenance & refurbishment
  • Fascias, soffits, guttering and roof

6. Murphy Property Developments – https://www.mpd-limited.com/

Murphy was incorporated 4 years ago and has grown to become an important company in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The company has become a training kit supporter for a children football coaching provider in 2017/2018 season.

Murphy Property Developments has a rating of 9.86 on Checkatrade.

The company offers services like:

  • Brickwork
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing
  • Plastering
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Roofing

7. Crimson Builders – https://www.crimsonbuilders.co.uk/

This company is in the building trade for more than 25 years, covering Coventry and Warwickshire areas.

Crimson Builders offer the highest standard of work at competitive prices. Furthermore, they are customers oriented who have attention to details.

They’re also members of Trustmark, Labc and FMB.

Crimson Builders have a 5 star rating according to Yell.

Services provided include:

  • Extensions
  • Refurbishment and renovations
  • Conversions
  • Groundworks

8. A Valley Plant – http://www.avalleyplant.co.uk/

A Valley Plant is an established Family run company that caters to all the concreting and ground works needs of  clients across West Midland.

In addition, they have more than 40 years of experience, offering first class services at affordable prices.

The company rating on Yell is of 5 stars.

Range of services:

  • Concreting
  • Groundwork
  • Drainage
  • Extension foundations
  • Winter gritting
  • Hard landscaping

9. Bawden Builders – http://www.bawdenbuilders.co.uk/

Bawden Builders are delivering building solutions to Coventry homeowners for generations, being established about 120 years ago.

In addition of being professional and trusted builders, they are also fully insured.

The company has a 5 star rating on Google My Business.

Offered services:

  • Extensions
  • Loft & garage conversion
  • Conservatories
  • Entrance porches
  • Kitchen & bathroom installation
  • Fascias & Soffits
  • Roofing
  • Patios & driveways

10. Focus Homes – https://focushomes.co.uk/

This home improvement and renovation company is based in Coventry and trades for 30 years.

In addition, Focus Homes offers fast and reliable service, so rest assured to be taken cared of.

Rating for this company on Checkatrade is 9.84.

Some of their services are:

  • Loft conversions
  • House extensions
  • Conservatories
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Design services

 

So there are 10 companies to consider if you’re getting quotes for your renovation project.
The key to a great renovation experience is two-fold:
-quality of materials being used
-the builder used
Hopefully, in your case, both these will be of highest quality and your experience will be an exceptional one. As a company that chooses to work with quality materials and is a home builder that deals with renovation projects, we do hope to assist you through this process as much as possible.

Luxurian Homes team

Easter contest 2019

A few days back we launched a contest for Easter on Instagram

You can check it out at https://instagram.com/Luxurian_Homes

At the time of this blog post, no one has entered the contest.

Deadlines for entry is until 23.03.2019, 23:59 PM, so go check the post.

The terms and conditions are posted on Instagram page, so do check them out.

The winner will be announced on 24.03.2019.

 

Floor and wall tiles

 

Tile types. What they are and where to use them?

 

There are ground and wall tiles, depending on how they are used.

Wall tiles are used on vertical plane, because they are not made to support heavy loads and traffic.

Floor tiles, as name implies, are mounted on the floor, but can also be used on walls. Bear in mind that it’s not recommended to mount big tiles on the walls.

When searching for floor tiles, check the Coefficient of Friction (COF) rating. This determines the slip resistance of the tile. A higher number means there’s a better slipping resistance. A COF of 0.5 is recommended.

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Ceramic and porcelain tiles

 

The difference between the two comes from the manufacturing process. In the past, floor and wall tile color was given by the color and shade of the clay used in manufacturing.

The layer of clay was placed at a high temperature in the oven and this resulted in a plate with two porous sides. Later on, another manufacturing variation has been discovered, where one side was burned for the second time at an even higher temperature.

Following this process, the result is a smooth, glossy side called glaze. If the tiles are hold even longer and in high temperature, vitrification-transformation of a substance into a glass- will expand through the whole material. Porcelain tiles have different models, and have the same appearance as marble.

 

When to use ceramic and porcelain tiles?

 

When considering which tiles to use, we have to take into consideration things like traffic and environment. Porcelain floor tile is more durable and it’s recommended for the exterior and areas with high traffic and moisture. Because porcelain tiles absorb water at a slower rate, it’s better to use them in bathrooms. Porcelain or ceramic tiles can be used in the kitchen.

Ceramic floor tiles on the inside are a very good option to consider.

In terms of appearance, porcelain tiles are more glossy. Ceramic tiles are more matte and can have even small coarse irregularities.

Depending on the needs, you have to take into consideration which one will look better in a particular room.

Moreover, porcelain tiles will be used if there’s a risk of shock, moist and frost.