Whether you are brand new to remodeling or an old pro, it’s always good to know what you’re getting into! Here are a few questions to help get you started.
Q: I have never remodeled before. How do I get started?
A: Drive around your neighborhood, look around online, and ask some friends for referrals. Narrow your choices down to a few remodelers with high quality work and high customer service standards. Then set up an appointment with them. When you meet them, be thinking, “How well can I work with them? Do I feel comfortable with them in my home for the next several weeks?” Your ability to collaborate with the remodeler will make or break the experience.
Q: Do I need plans for my remodel?
A: This will depend on the project’s scope. If the remodel is cosmetic (countertop, appliances, tile, or paint color changes), then no plans are necessary. But if you plan on adding additional square footage or rearranging an existing area, you’ll need plans to insure that you and your contractor are on the same page.
Q: Who does the plans?
A: Plans can be drawn by a designer, an architect, or a design/build firm. Try to stick with a single design/build firm through the entire project. It’s a lot easier to work with just one company or individual than trying to organize a whole host.
Q: How many estimates should I get?
A: The usual number is two or three, but it all depends on how comfortable you are with the numbers you hear. Just be cautious about searching too long for an estimate that’s extremely low—each meeting takes time out of your schedule and project.
Q: When do I need a general contractor for a project?
A: The rule of thumb is that if the project involves three or more trades, get a general contractor. For example, remodeling a kitchen can take more than five trades! That’s a lot of people, so you’ll want a general contractor. But a fence? That’s just one person to coordinate with.
Q: How long should a remodel project take?
A: Everything depends on the project. The more trades involved and the larger the scope, the longer the time frame to complete that project.
Hope you found our advice helpful! Feel free to contact the Vaughan Group with any questions you may have!