Preparing for a remodel of your Kitchen, Bathroom or other part of your Home is not a simple undertaking. When done properly it requires highly organized coordination of project design, material selection, material ordering, scheduling workmen, and installation/quality control. You must be certain that all of the new materials are available and correct before you tear out the existing room. In addition, the optimal sequence for your project will require a thorough knowledge and experience in all phases of the job scope (e.g. obtaining permits and inspections, moving walls, changing windows and doors, plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliance installation, etc.). Getting things out of sequence will cost you lots of wasted time and money.
An experienced professional remodeling Contractor should be able to assist in all of the above phases and to complete a typical Kitchen remodel in 3 to 4 weeks and a typical Bathroom remodel in about 3 weeks. A well organized Contractor will also be able to schedule each day of your project in advance. So you will know with confidence what the start and completion dates will be. Don’t we all know people who have tried to supervise their own remodeling and wound up with 4 or more months of aggravation, frustration, and extra costs? Many Homeowners would be at a loss to try to find a competent Designer, Carpenter, Plumber, Electrician, Drywaller, Painter, Tile Setter, Stone Mason, and other specialists. Not to mention the challenge of knowing accurately how long each step will take and how to schedule each workman several weeks in advance.
This is where a competent, State Licensed General Contractor can be a valuable asset. The ideal remodeling Contractor will have workmen who are each specialists in just one trade, unlike the Handyman Contractor who is a “Jack of all trades” and rarely does anything really well. In addition, the ideal remodeling Contractor will have a lot of experience doing your type of project and can show you a photo portfolio of their work (Before and After photos are an added plus). The ideal remodeling Contractor will also be willing to meet with you to discuss every detail of your project and will bring samples to assist you with material selection. This Contractor should also be able to calculate an exact price for your project once the details and material selections have been determined and the price should not change unless you or your Building Inspector require a change. Last but not least, your ideal remodeling Contractor will provide expert supervision throughout every phase of your project. From the first day to the last day of your project you should have the same supervisory person to work with. Poor supervision is a common problem found in projects that have a bad outcome.
If you would like more information on this process or would like to get an estimate please feel free to contact Martin directly.