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The Ins and Outs of Your Bathroom Remodel: An Interview with Luis Ribo of Ribo Home Remodeling

By Luis Ribo

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I come to the home remodeling industry after 15 years of owning and operating a Pool Service Company in Dallas, TX. After I sold my company in the early 90's I continued remodeling Pools & Spas, and it was at this time I started in the home remodeling side of our business. Today we are helping home owners across Collin & Dallas Counties repair, improve and remodel their entire homes, or focus on just their Kitchen, Bathrooms, or Pools. We also provide many other services and we invite you to visit our website: www.ribohomeremodeling.com to see a list of them.

When people want to remodel their bathroom, where should they start?

First, identify your needs and wants. Then, establish a budget that you can live with, and it's realistic with your present property value. Once you have both of those two things done, see how much of your needs and wants you can include in your budget. Last, if you have a limited budget, plan in breaking up your total remodel plan into phases, so you can accomplish your ultimate goal and vision.

What are some of the most important decisions homeowners will need to make during the bathroom design process?

I think any homeowner has to decide up front, "I'm I doing this for myself, because I plan to live here until they carry me out in a box" or, "I'm doing this to enhance the value of the home when I sell the home, and for me to enjoy it while I live in it.". After that, make sure to evaluate your abilities, and know if you can lay out your own design, or you need the help of a professional.

How is the budget typically set? What are some ways to help stay within budget?

Do your homework. That is, don't just assign arbitrary amounts to items like Plumbing & Electrical fixtures, Tile, etc., but either research on the Internet or go to your local Home Center and begin to jot down hard costs. Then, comes the labor part for the different trades like plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, paint, etc., that will be involved in your remodel. Unless your prior experience allows it, seek estimates from reputable Contractors. If you want to be your own contractor, seek the estimates from each trade that will be involved in your remodel, but be sure they come highly recommended. When you total it all up, add a 10% contingency for "surprises".

Is there anything that a homeowner should know about working with a contractor during the remodel that they might not know?

I recommend that a personal recommendation from other homeowners or a search in your local Better Business Bureau will lead you to an honest and dependable Contractor.

What is one of the most challenging parts of the remodel for a homeowner and do you have any advice about that?

I think that living with the "mess" and the inconvenience of the construction process is the one thing that will test you the most. So, having an "real world" expectation of how long it will take to complete the project is essential, before you begin.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The best way to contact me is to go to my website at: www.ribohomeremodeling.com

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