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Renovate [ ren - uh -veyt ] - to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.

When it comes to home remodeling, Los Angeles homeowners looking to add to or make major changes to their abodes can go one of two routes: the do-it-yourself (DIY) route or the professional contractor route. Major retailers like Home Depot and Lowes carry a wide variety of DIY materials that cater to a growing contingency of consumers who have taken DIY home improvement to heart. These stores even offer advice and classes to customers who want to learn to avoid complete home remodeling companies and do the work themselves. Yet depending on the kind of work you plan to have done on your home (especially if it's a major tear-down and rebuild on some part of it), you may be better off hiring a reputable general contractor. A general contractor will act as a project manager and oversee all aspects of the 2nd floor addition or kitchen renovation, from access to the site and removal of debris to coordination of work schedules and overall project deadlines. Mega Builders, the home builder Los Angeles residents have entrusted their homes to for more than two decades, knows just how daunting and stressful it can be to find a reliable contractor. You'll want to select carefully since your home is probably your biggest investment. Imagine the potential money pit that can result if you don't choose your Los Angeles whole house renovation contractor wisely.

Here's a short checklist to help you find the right construction company in Los Angeles (or anywhere else):

Do your homework. When it comes to whole house renovations,the kind and degree of renovation or remodeling you plan to have done will dictate cost and completion time. Determine if you want to go design-build (as we strongly recommend). Ask if you'll need a building permit. Many projects require city or governmental permission before any work begins. It also is a good idea to notify your homeowner's insurance company in advance. You don't want to wait until you need to file a claim only to discover that you're not covered.

Get a recommendation. You're over at a friend's house and notice that his kitchen has been newly remodeled and the workmanship is superb. Ask him/her who did the work and if they would recommend the contractor or builders in Los Angeles to you. Not only will you have the word of a friend and satisfied customer, you've already experienced an example of fine artistry recommending itself. Whether you need a new kitchen or water damage restoration, Los Angeles remodelers who come pre-recommended by a friend are often a safer bet than one picked arbitrarily.

Get everything in writing. You'll thank yourself later when you've requested everything in writing whether it's a quote or an estimate, a contract or a letter of inquiry. Ask your contractor for proof of license, workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance. It might not be a bad idea to have copies made for your records.

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