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Choosing a Contractor

May 24th, 2019 No comments

When to Use a Contractor, or Tackle the Project Yourself
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Deciding to hire a contractor or do a project yourself depends on a long list of considerations. The first centers on your own DIY skills and comfort level in taking on a given task. 

If you can competently do the work yourself then you can typically save a lot of money in exchange for your time.  Using a professional contractor normally comes with less hassle, faster results, safety, and professional-quality work. 

Why Use a Contractor?

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There are a number of reasons to use a contractor.

When determining whether to do a project yourself or hire it out here are a few reasons for choosing a professional to do the difficult jobs.

      • It’s Dangerous. If the job involves electricity, using power tools, or climbing tall ladders or up on the roof of your home, it could lead to significant injury if an accident or mistakes are made.Jobs requiring technical know-how are ones you’ll want done by a contractor for safety reasons.
      • Mistakes Could Be Costly. Even when there are no safety issues involved, paying extra for a professional is often a good decision. Not doing the job properly initially can lead to having to call in a professional later to correct your mistakes.  This can lead to paying for the same job twice.
      • It Could Hurt Your Home’s Value. Work in a home that does not look well done can turn off future buyers and detract from the value of your home.  Home buyers are not looking for homes where they have to come in and redo slipshod work.
      • It Requires a Permit.  One indication that a job is probably too complicated for a DIY project is that it requires a building permit.  Permits typically call for inspections that determine if the work was done safely and correctly.

All these advantages explain why so many homeowners ultimately decide to hire a professional, despite the higher cost.

How to Choose a Contractor                    

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Do your due diligence before signing any contract with a contractor.

Finding the right contractor for your home improvement project takes a little effort and diligence.

  • Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations, and get quotes from at least three contractors, asking not only about their fees but also about their experience with this type of work.
  • Do a little homework on all the contractors, checking their ratings with the Better Business Bureau and making sure their licenses and insurance are up-to-date.
  • Review the checklist found at Selecting the Right Contractor and then make an informed choice, balancing the contractors’ quoted prices against the quality of the work you can expect from them.

Artisan Electric is Happy to Help

If your home improvement project involves electrical work, Artisan Electric would be happy to speak with you.  We can also help you assess your total project and provide suggestions on how to get started.

 

Line Up a Contractor Now for Spring Projects

February 20th, 2019 No comments

Don’t Wait to Get Started On Your Spring To Do List!

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Spring is right around the corner and many of us already have a list of things we’d like to get done around our homes or businesses.

To Do ListIf you have plans to add a deck, sun room, new outdoor or indoor lighting or even remodel some part of your home or office, now is the time to start the planning process and line up your contractors.

The local construction economy is very strong.  The area’s best contractors are already booking well into spring and summer; some are even booking into fall!  To get on their schedules, you’ll want to speak with them soon.

8 Good Reasons to Get Started Today

Getting started as soon as possible will allow for adequate time to plan the project thoroughly and avoid mistakes that come from “rushing” the planning process.

Depending on the scope of your project this will also allow you to line up all the necessary people that will be involved.

1. Good planning makes for good results. “Winging it” at the last minute is never a pleasant experience and often results in mistakes and low satisfaction with the end results.

electricians tool belt2. Getting a head start saves money, reduces stress levels, and most importantly, ensures the end result will be more to your satisfaction.

3. By not rushing through the early stages of a project, there is more time to evaluate different options and avoid project delays, cost overruns, and frustration from all those involved.

4. For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.

5. Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.

6. Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.

7. You will save money by getting bids now, rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of the construction season – often as much as 25%.

8. Arranging dates and schedules early will give you the greatest flexibility and allow time for some contingencies to handle unforeseen problems and delays.

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions

We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next project up and running … the sooner the better. Let us help you turn a good project into a great project.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Handy Man Services from PROJECT DONE

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

Introducing PROJECT DONE
Over the years Artisan Electric has been in countless homes and businesses. Often our clients will ask us for help getting odd jobs done that are unrelated to electrical work.  Seeing a need, and after encouragement from key business mentors, our team members, and our clients, we are excited to introduce our new company PROJECT DONE!

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Who needs a project done or has a spring honey-do list that needs knocked out?

We all do! But finding the right person or company who can take on these general repairs and small projects can be taxing.  Do they have the right expertise, do you trust them, and is their pricing fair and transparent?  Determining who is best suited to work on your home is not easy.

What is PROJECT DONE?
The PROJECT DONE team does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.

  • Adam and Project Done truck

    Have a project that needs completed? We’ll be happy to get the PROJECT DONE for you.

    General repairs of all kinds

  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • The proverbial “honey do” list
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Gutter cleaning
  • The dreaded “garage and basement” clean out and organization
  • Shelving and closet fix ups
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Project management and finding you the right trusted team for work out of our scope
  • Yard clean up and mulch work
  • Anything you may need a skilled kind hand with around your home our business
  • We will be the answer to the question “who do I call?”

    Chris, Alan Standing

    PROJECT DONE Partners: Chris Voglund (L) and Adam Baker.

Why PROJECT DONE?
Project Done is a home repair services company born out of the needs we have encountered with our existing Artisan Electric clients and business pier group.  Our experience and reputation for quality and ethics have put us in the position of being asked almost daily for referrals for these types of services.  After years of not having a good answer we decided to rise to the task and meet this need with a new company.

What Does It Cost?
Adam and I are committed to doing ethical business and quality work for a fair price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, so there are no surprises.  Our published pricing and terms can be found at http://projectdone4u.com/.

It’s Easy to Get a PROJECT DONE
In order to ensure that your project is done to your satisfaction, we recommend taking the following steps.

  • Project Done truckCompile your list of projects
  • Contact Us
    Phone or Text: 765-464-9184
    Email us at: info@projectdone4U.com
    Message us thru our FB page
  • Conduct a walk through with Adam (no charge)
  • Review your list and answer questions
  • Outline plan for each repair
  • Review pricing with our standardized rates
  • Schedule a time to get started

...and that’s how you get a PROJECT DONE!

 

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EMAIL: info@projectdone4u.com

PHONE: 765-464-9184

WEB: http://projectdone4u.com/
FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u

Outdoor Living Space Electrical Upgrades

February 23rd, 2018 No comments

Looking to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space?  We Can Help With Those Warm Weather Electrical Projects.

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Outdoor lighting, hot tub, outdoor kitchen
With a hint of spring in the air, many of us look forward to getting outside and enjoying the nicer weather.  For those who want to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, this is the time to plan and line up the contractors you’ll need to get these jobs done.
 

Even if you are handy and expect to do most of the work yourself, we highly suggest leaving the electrical work to the professionals.

Artisan List of Outdoor Wiring ProjectsIncrease the Enjoyment and Value of Your Home
Improving your outdoor living space with landscape, patio and deck lighting improves the appeal and safety around your home.

Adding electrical capacity for outdoor kitchens, sheds, garages, pools and docks will allow you to use these areas more extensively. For more outdoor wiring ideas go to Enjoy Your Home.

Keep Everyone Safe
The National Electrical Code (NEC) includes many specific requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment. The primary safety concerns outdoors are moisture and corrosion, physical damage, and issues related to underground burial.

With most residential outdoor wiring projects, the relevant code requirements pertain to installing outdoor receptacles and fixtures and running wiring above and below ground.

Where requirements call for “listed” equipment, products must be listed for the application by an approved testing agency, such as UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next warm weather project up and running. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Scheduling Your Next Project

January 19th, 2018 No comments

It’s Time to Line Up Your Spring & Summer Projects


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is the time to start planning for upcoming 2018 construction projects, large or small.  Getting a head start saves money, reduces stress levels, and most importantly, ensures the end result will be more to your satisfaction.

By not rushing through the early stages of a project, there is more time to evaluate different options and avoid project delays, cost overruns, and frustration from all those involved.

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The Ideal Time to Get Started

This is the time of year where contractor’s work can slow down due to poor weather and the inability to do a lot outside.

This makes it the ideal time to plan your upcoming spring or summer project and to begin lining up contractors to do the work.

Planning your project early has a number of advantages:

  • Good planning makes for a good results.  “Winging it” at the last minute is never a pleasant experience and often results in mistakes and low satisfaction with the end results.
  • The local construction economy is very strong. The area’s best contractors are already booking well into spring and summer; some are even booking into fall!
  • For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.
    • Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.
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Work with a qualified contractor “early” for the best results.

  • Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.
  • You will save money by getting bids now, rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of the construction season – often as much as 25%.
  • Arranging dates and schedules early will give you the greatest flexibility and allow time for some contingencies to handle unforeseen problems and delays.
  • You gain the advantage of having time to plan and refine ideas.  Working on your spring and summer projects now allows all parties the necessary time to plan those essential details that turn a good project into a great project.

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next project up and running … the sooner the better.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.