The Homebuilders New Best Friend: Using Houzz to Your Advantage
If you are building, decorating, or updating a home, you probably feel a bit overwhelmed. Between searching for a trusted landscaper, picking a material for your new countertops, and trying to decide whether or not to tear down that spare bedroom wall, you may even be totally over the whole process. The most annoying part is often not even the process itself, but in the bouncing between websites comparing reviews, ratings, and design options. Never fear, there is a new savior on the horizon, and it goes by the name of Houzz.
How it Works
Officially, Houzz is a site much like Yelp, where homeowners, renters, Houston custom home buyers, and home improvement professionals can unite. Looking for a product or service related to home building or design? You will find it on Houzz. After registering, you can leave and read reviews, search products and services, and of course, find the best home design professionals. Houzz localizes your search as well, giving you the option to only browse the professionals near you. Plus, with a five-star ratings system and galleries of their work, you can familiarize yourself with their style and projects before ever contacting them.
Choosing Your Design Options
On Houzz, you can search for images by project style. Therefore, whether you want Texas country style or French traditional, you can find a builder or designer that specializes in that design. Similarly, say you want to remodel or build a patio or front elevation only, and want to find a professional that specializes in that area. You not only can search by project type, but you can browse designer “ideabooks,” to see past projects of that type that they have completed.
Follow Your Favorite Designers
As a combination of Pinterest and Facebook for the home improvement niche, you do have the option to stay in touch with your favorite builder or designer on the site. Every professional has contact information listed on his or her homepage for convenient access. You can also “follow” them on Houzz, and see images from all their latest projects. Jonathon Casada Custom Homes is at the forefront of the Houzz movement, with galleries of past work that include hundreds of photos up for perusal and inspiration. Prospective clients are able to examine different styles and designs in high resolution.
To get started on your home project, whether you are building or redesigning, check out our profile on Houzz.