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7 Red Flags: Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor
7 Red Flags: Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor

7 Red Flags: Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor

So, you're in the midst of searching for the perfect home remodeling contractor to take on your renovation project. With so many options, however, you're feeling understandably overwhelmed. As you sift through home remodel contractor reviews , they all seem to run together, and you're at a loss of who to choose for your project. As you speak to individual contractors, there are some potential red flags you may want to be on the lookout for that could indicate a particular home improvement contractor isn't the right fit for your project.
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Questions to Ask During Your Remodeling Design Meeting
Questions to Ask During Your Remodeling Design Meeting

Questions to Ask During Your Remodeling Design Meeting

Before you schedule a meeting with your design and remodeling team, you may spend some time evaluating a number of companies. You’ll ask about their experience with projects like yours, as well as verify that they have the proper licensing and insurance to do the work. Once you get to your first big design meeting, you may have lots of ideas to share. It’s also important to ask these questions.

What Is Your Experience With This Project?

When you did an initial screening for perspective remodelers, one of the first things you may have asked concerns the type of experience the team has. Now, you have an opportunity to get more detail on their answers. Try to ask open-ended questions about your team’s background, interests and experiences. This will help you to get a sense for their general styles, and how they might fit with yours. This is a great time to request pictures of past projects, because this may help you clarify your expectations and goals for your project.

Who Will Be Working on the Project?

When you contract with a design and remodeling team, you may be working directly with the lead designer and contractors for the project. In other cases, you may have a contractor who works with an independent designer, with you needing to communicate with each of them separately. It’s important to ask who else may be coming to your home or performing work at various stages. This is a good time to verify who is the lead contact to give you updates and answer your questions.

What Is the Timeline for This Project?

When you consider a possible timeline for home improvements, you should keep two factors in mind. The first is how long the project typically takes your design and remodeling team to complete. You should expect the whole process to take several weeks at a minimum. The second factor is when you can start. This involves a discussion of your obligations, the best time for you to do the project, as well as your team’s current schedule. This is why most professionals suggest planning your project months in advance of when you actually need it completed.

What Do You Need to Know to Complete the Design?

As a homeowner, you’re hiring an experienced team to create your design and carry it out to specification. However, this is still your home and your investment. This means that you may be involved in consulting or making decisions at multiple stages of the design and construction processes. Your team probably has a checklist of items that they will need from you. These range from your stylistic preferences to the way you use the space, as well as your maximum budget for the project. This is a good opportunity to make sure that you have provided all the information they need to begin work on the design.

When Can I See the Design/Plans?

Creating an interior design plan or architectural blueprints for a project takes a significant amount of time. During your initial design meeting, you may or may not get a rough mock-up of what the finished project will look like. This depends on the length of the meeting and how much information has already been provided. When you ask about the timing to finalize the design, keep in mind that this may take at least a week or two. It depends on the complexity of the design, as well as your team’s other commitments. If you give the team plenty of time to consider your needs and build a complete design, you’ll end up with a better result.

What Is the Payment Schedule?

As a general rule, you should avoid working with contractors who demand a significant portion in payment for the project in advance. However, most remodelers will have a set schedule that may include multiple payments over time. Some may ask that you pay a nominal fee for an initial design consultation. This provides them with a basic payment for services while you determine which business is right for you. Otherwise, depending on the size of the project, you may be expected to make a percentage of the total in payment at different stages. For example, you might be asked to pay at the completion of a particular stage of the project, or put a deposit on supplies that need to be ordered.

Is It Reasonable for Me to Live in the Home During Construction?

Home improvement projects take months of planning, and sometimes it isn’t realistic for you to remain in the home while your team is working on it. It depends heavily on the size of your home and the type of project. For example, you might easily be able to use two other bathrooms while you renovate your master suite. On the other hand, a large home addition or a major kitchen remodel might be too much hassle for you to deal with. Ask your team for their preferences and their recommendations for you, so you can make an educated decision and prepare for it in advance.

Your first design meeting can be exciting and a little nerve-wracking. If you ask these questions, you’ll get more information in a way you can manage. Contact us today to discover how delightful remodeling your home can be.

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8 Tips for Living In Your Home During a Remodel
8 Tips for Living In Your Home During a Remodel

8 Tips for Living In Your Home During a Remodel

You’ve decided to remodel your home, and you couldn’t be more excited. The finished result is a goal you may have been waiting for years to achieve. And yet, before you enjoy it, you have to go through it. For some people, living in the home is an important part of maintaining their health and managing their stress throughout the project. With these eight tips, you will know what to expect and be able to handle it with greater ease.

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Stay in the Same Home and Neighborhood by Investing in a Home Addition
Stay in the Same Home and Neighborhood by Investing in a Home Addition

Stay in the Same Home and Neighborhood by Investing in a Home Addition

Many people buy a home with the intention of moving out in the future to accommodate the family they intend on having or just to upgrade into a nicer home. However, when you want something more than what you are getting from your current home, you do not have to actually buy another home. Investing in a home addition is a great alternative that many times is easier and more cost-effective, which also creates added equity and value for your home.

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Home Addition or Move? How to Choose the Right Option
Home Addition or Move? How to Choose the Right Option

Home Addition or Move? How to Choose the Right Option

Is a room addition right for you? If your family has outgrown your current home, you might be wondering if it is best to add on extra space with a home addition or to move. Neither option is perfect for every family. There are many reasons why adding on to their home is best for one family while moving is the best option for a different family. Consider some of the reasons people pick one choice over the other.

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6 Benefits of a Room Addition
6 Benefits of a Room Addition

6 Benefits of a Room Addition

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Does Your Phoenix Home Need an ADU?
Does Your Phoenix Home Need an ADU?

Does Your Phoenix Home Need an ADU?

Picture It: Multiple generations living in close proximity. Grandparents get time with the grandchildren, and mom and dad can be there to support their parents as they get older. If you're worried that it could get very crowded, you should know that it doesn't have to be. In this vision, everyone has their own space.

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5 Sanity-Saving Tips: Living Through a Design Build Home Remodel
5 Sanity-Saving Tips: Living Through a Design Build Home Remodel

5 Sanity-Saving Tips: Living Through a Design Build Home Remodel

So, you're looking to have a major home remodeling project done; perhaps you're looking to renovate your outdated kitchen, or maybe you want to add square footage with a room addition, or possibly it's time for a bathroom remodel. Either way, you'll have an important decision to make when it comes to home remodeling in Phoenix: do you stay and live through it - or do you go?

Many homeowners choose to live elsewhere, or plan a family vacation away, during a major home renovation project, but this isn't always practical or possible. If you're planning on remaining in your home during the remodeling project, there are some tips you'll want to keep in mind.

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Project Spotlight: Award Winning Wine Cellar Renovation
Project Spotlight: Award Winning Wine Cellar Renovation

Project Spotlight: Award Winning Wine Cellar Renovation

A Custom Design/Build Wine Cellar

The Phoenix, AZ homeowners highlighted here love wine so much so that they often travel to Napa Valley to tour some of their favorite vineyards. Over the years, they’d acquired quite a wine collection, but they didn’t have an adequate space to store it. They’d always wanted a wine cellar and even had a spot in mind – under the staircase – but they were told by other remodeling firms that it couldn’t be done.

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Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling: Maximize Functionality in a Small Space
Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling: Maximize Functionality in a Small Space

Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling: Maximize Functionality in a Small Space

Is your kitchen feeling outdated and small?  If so, then aside from tackling a major renovation or home addition, there probably isn't much you can do to increase the actual square footage of your kitchen.  However, with working with a creative Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling Contractor, you can update your kitchen while increasing functionality and perception of space--which is almost just as good!  We've got some excellent tips for maximizing functionality in even the tiniest of kitchen spaces with a remodeling project.

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