Make Ready Repairs and Renovations
Whether you are a homeowner or a landlord, it is inevitable the dreaded need for make ready repairs and renovations. Or perhaps, money is coming in and you are ready to give your living space an upgrade. You may come across a small repair that is needed or a massive one. Depending on your vision, your renovation could be big or small. Regardless of the situation, Make Ready is ready for it all.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
When you are considering hiring a professional or doing it yourself, there are reasons for both in areas of time, cost, and results of the final product. You should never try to do something you are not comfortable doing. There are seemingly unlimited numbers of how-to videos on YouTube, but there is no guarantee the person with the channel is a professional or even knows what they are doing. Projects that could cause major damage if done incorrectly need to be done by a professional.
If you are looking into a large renovation, it can take a lot of time. Large renovations may also require permits from your County, which would require blueprints. Professionals are networked with all types of people. A professional will know certified electricians and plumbers, and likely knows an architect or two, as well as an inspector or two! Depending on the renovation, you might actually need an inspection. If it is a repair or renovation after a storm, you could be in a hotel, and getting back home would be your top priority. If you are a landlord, maybe a tenant trashed your home and you need to get it back into renting shape. Putting money into a renovation to upgrade and modernize the home can actually allow you to justify raising the amount of rent (reasonably and based on the location of course!).
You may be really busy. Any renovation, no matter how big or small will take time. Trying to renovate or make involved repairs will take time away from work, your personal time, time with your kids, or time with your pets. Professionals know what they are doing and don’t need to stop to check DIY videos or feed the kids, so they will get the work done a lot faster! A large renovation could take a professional a few days or a few weeks. If you do it yourself, life happens and you could end up looking at years before completion!
Tools and Material
Even if you have your own stash of tools for odds and ends jobs around the house, you may not have what you need for certain jobs. Some larger tools you can rent from stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot, but if your project gets sidetracked you will be paying for a tool you are not using but don’t own. There are other things that you might need but don’t have and can’t rent. There are certain drill bits that you need to use when working with tile. The wrong bit will shatter tile, creating yet another repair that you need to do. Professionals specializing in home repair and renovation will often keep things in stock suck as paint primer, concrete, mortar, grout, and other things that can be used for more than one job. Not every household will have a pipe wrench on hand, which is an absolute necessity for any plumbing work. Electrical work requires wire cutters, crimpers, and voltage meters. Some jobs will require nails and others screws. Using whatever you have laying around the house might not be the best in the long run. It is better to hire someone that has exactly what they need.
Like we briefly touched on above, yes, there are tons of videos online that you can watch and try to do yourself. The problem with these videos is that it can be hard to see exactly what they are doing, and you may have a situation that doesn’t exactly fit with what is in the video. Many repairs and renovations will require a drill. There are steel bits, cobalt bits, carbide-tipped bits, and solid carbide. Different bit material is used for different jobs. Different bits also have different coatings such as titanium, black oxide, and silicone. There are twist bits, brad point bits, masonry bits, rivet bits, spade bits, step bits, auger bits, hole saw bits, countersink bits, tile bits, wood bits. Metal bits, glass and tile bits, hammer drill bits, and more. If this is overwhelming and you don’t know what each of these is for, that is a good sign you should call a professional. Make Ready Repair and Renovations carries all types of bits for all types of jobs and there is no guesswork. Make Ready knows what to use where, so the job is done right the first time.
Professionals Are Insured
Even a professional contractor can run into issues during a repair or renovation. However, because they have the proper insurance requirements in place, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with a hefty bill or disaster. If you were to attempt the renovation on your own however and ran into a big problem, you are responsible for the damages.
WHAT MAKE READY RESIDENTIAL CAN DO
Make Ready can do all sorts of repairs and renovations around your home or properties. Although only a few of the most common calls are listed below, you can always contact us and see what we can make work. If by chance you have something that we can’t tackle, we have a large network we are connected to and will not hesitate to give you a trustworthy referral.
Make Ready can resurface your wood floors or even install a new one. If your carpet is old and dingy, or you have a stain that just will not come out, Make Ready can replace your carpet. If you have laminate flooring that is old and peeling, Make Ready can remove it and help you choose new options.
Whether you are moving out and want to give your home a fresh look for the next family, or moving into a place that has a color scheme you just can’t live with, Make Ready can help. Make Ready can change the entire color of a room, making it look like an entirely new space. Maybe you are in love with your current color, but a mischievous toddler found a sharpie and decided to create some art. Make Ready can help you create a frame on your wall showcasing that art, or we can color match your existing wall and give your artist a new canvas. Perhaps this is when you realize you need that color but in a washable paint option. Make Ready can make that happen.
New Appliance/Water Heater Installation
If your old appliance has stopped working, or you have decided that you want an upgrade, Make Ready can help you get it up and running. Our professionals know what tools are needed for the job, what hoses and connectors are needed, and know what and if any fuses need to be shut off.
Nothing is worse than having your refrigerator or freezer stops working. It can cost hundreds of dollars to replace all the food that can spoil. Catching an issue immediately can save a costly grocery bill.
Homes that are part of a neighborhood with an HOA (Home Owners Association) have strict rules on how homes and lawns look. Hiring a professional is the best way to stay in compliance. If you do not have to deal with an HOA, lawn care is still important. Unkept yards just scream “come visit me!” to pests such as mice, snakes, mosquitos, termites, ants, and other insects and wildlife. Uninvited lawn guests can lead to uninvited house guests which could cause damage and lead to repairs and renovations.
If you are a landlord, you know that there are people who will just leave what they don’t want and let you deal with it. Make Ready can haul whatever is left behind so that you can get things ready for the next tenant. Make Ready can also remove yard debris, such as damage from storms that could be tree limbs or broken fences. Leaving things on the property is not only unsightly but as mentioned above can be a great nesting place for insects or wildlife.
Make Ready can do all types of carpentry. Whether you need a cabinet door put back on or an entire basement finished, Make Ready has the tools, material, and knowledge to make it happen! Carpentry can be anything from refinishing or repairing a floor, fixing cabinets, framing a new room, roofing, or building furniture. Anything that involves wood, a carpenter can handle. Carpenters are skilled in using saws, hammers, nails, screws, drills, and other items. Carpenters can hang mirrors or trim windows and hang doors.
From water leaks to stopped up or overflowing toilets or sinks, Make Ready will make your bathroom ready again! It doesn’t matter if the cause is old leaky pipes or an adventurous toddler seeing what they can make disappear in the toilet, to people or rocks in the bathtub. Don’t be afraid to call a professional. Professional plumbers have seen and heard it all, so you don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed! Attempting plumbing yourself can lead to minor and major house floods. A flood on an upper level can seep down and cause damage to ceilings or cabinets on the lower level. The faster you call a professional when you find signs of a leak the less damage and overall cost will occur in the long run.
Electrical work should always be done by a certified professional electrician. Working with electricity can really hurt if done improperly. Touching a wire that is not grounded or covered can give you a shock. Attempting to switch out a fuse in your fuse box can be really dangerous, both your you and your home. Electrical fires are common with people who attempt to do electrical work themself. A faulty wire or a wire that is not installed properly can cause a fire and damage your home. There is also the risk that your homeowner’s insurance will not cover the damage done by an electrical fire that was caused by an uncertified electrician working on the home.
Smart Home Integration
Smart home technology is becoming in high demand. Whether you are a homeowner and want to upgrade and stay ahead of the trends, or you are a landlord that wants to give their properties that edge that will increase value and demand, incorporating smart home technology is a great way to go. Some smart technology, such as vacuums or light bulbs, you plug in and go. Other technology requires mounting and possibly wiring. These things could include smart door locks, smart cameras, smart video doorbells, security systems, and smart thermostats. Letting a professional install your new smart technology ensures it is done right and that you will be good to go!
There are things that all homes need on a pretty regular schedule. Air Filters need to be changed every 1-3 months depending on the type, smoke detectors checked and batteries changed, and gutters cleaned. Our professionals are even equipped for routine pool maintenance for homes with a pool or artificial lake. Whether you are a landlord with one or more properties to manage or just a homeowner that doesn’t always remember to do these things, Make Ready is Ready to help you keep track of and perform these routine maintenance tasks!
WHAT MAKES MADE READY DIFFERENT
Open 24 hours a day
Make Ready Residential is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make Ready understands that emergencies always seem to happen a few minutes after most other offices close. There is no waiting with water up to your ankles, dripping on your head, having to go outside to go to the bathroom, freezing, or being too hot. Whatever you consider an Emergency, Make Ready considers an emergency and keeps most common parts and materials stocked so there is no waiting until stores open in the morning. Make Ready also understands that people work, and not everyone can get time off to run home. Losing time at work means losing pay, and that means not being able to afford repairs. If you call and talk to us, Make Ready is ready to work with you.
Whether the home is older and needs frequent repairs, there are pets in the home, there are kids in the home or maybe you are just unlucky… Make Ready knows that things happen. Cracked windows, clogged toilets, leaking ceilings, and broken appliances are all emergencies that are devastating to you. Make Ready is ready to help.
Landlords – Make Ready Schedules Directly With Your Tenants!
Make Ready knows that being a landlord is exhausting. Trying to play person-in-the-middle to schedule needed repairs is time out of your schedule playing phone tag that doesn’t need to be done. Once you authorize Make Ready to contact your Tenants, we do all the work and scheduling for you.
Everyone at some point in time has gotten a bill that was higher than they anticipated. This can be frustrating, especially when the bill has no details. Make Ready gives Up-Front Estimates that are truthful, and billing is detailed so you know where every penny of your hard-earned money went! There are never any hidden fees or add ons. Make Ready wants to work with you again and again. We feel that dishonest quotes and unexpected bills are not the way to make that happen.
Property Management Friendly
Make Ready is experienced in dealing with property managers and landlords with multiple properties. Our professionals will act as a liaison when scheduling routine or unexpected maintenance. Routine maintenance on all properties will be well documented, so you can keep track of your properties and the condition they are in. Our professionals are skilled with move-out and move-in punch lists and items, making the transition from one tenant to the next easy.
The blog on our site has tons of useful information for both homeowners and property managers. We have tips on how to increase your rental income, provide affordable ideas for upgrades, and even have useful information when going through a natural disaster.
Make Ready is a One-Stop Kind Of Shop
One call to Make Ready will get you licensed and professional plumbers, electricians, and carpenters so you don’t have to make multiple calls.
The bottom line is, your property is a home and needs to be cared for. Make Ready is ready to give your property the TLC it deserves!Back to Blog