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Homeowner tips for selecting a contractor:

  1. Ask for a copy of a current insurance policy, and be sure it is liability AND Worker’s comp Insurance - Protect yourself and your home!
  2. Ask for at least 10 references, and check all of them, or as many as you can! (Contractors can fake a few references)
  3. Ask if their work was done in a timely manner. Did the worker’s keep the jobsite neat and clean? Were they courteous? Was the work done to their specification and to their complete satisfaction?  Was the price fair for the quality, and timeliness of the work? 
  4. Get a copy of their labor warranty. Typical is one year. We offer 10 years in writing! Materials will carry a specific warranty from each individual manufacturer. 
  5. Be careful when it comes to the payment schedule. Never give a contractor too much money up front. Ask for a detailed payment schedule, and negotiate one that you’re comfortable with. As a rule of thumb, larger deposits are only appropriate when there are special order items involved. (i.e. kitchen cabinets, custom windows) 
  6. Make certain that progress payments are tied to specific and measurable points throughout the job, so you never advance too much money to the contractor. Never agree to 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 on large jobs. The more payments the better. The best theory is to pay in stages, as the work is performed! Never give any final payments unless all of the work is completely finished to your satisfaction! 
  7. Always get a detailed written agreement, which should include, a detailed scope of work, a detailed payment schedule, tied to specific progress points, start and completion dates, insurance information for the contractor and subs, (if they use subs) warranty information, and right of recision forms. 

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Homeowner's Tips

General Home Remodeling

A good home remodeling contractor, with experience and capability in both "design and build" can be an added asset in helping guide you through some of the tough decisions.

A good practice when remodeling, is to carefully consider the style of your home. Then investigate what's available in the latest materials and technologies. A good approach is to blend some of the existing styles, with the latest design themes.


Always determine a realistic budget for your project, and try to stick to it. With a budget in place, you will be able to better decide what percentage of the project can be devoted to keeping to the style and themes of the existing house, and what can be devoted to new trends and ideas. 

As a homeowner, you will need to make important decisions throughout the entire renovation. For example, when doing an Addition, these are some of the choices you will be faced with:

  • What type of windows and doors to use?
  • What type of siding?
  • Roofing is typically matched to the existing
  • Will the new room put a strain on our HVAC system?
  • Do we need to upgrade our electric service?
  • What types of electric capability do we add to the space?
  • Any plumbing considerations
  • Wall finishes - paint or other
  • Trim - special millwork like chair rail or crown moldiing
  • Finished flooring - styles, material types, colors
  • Lighting fixtures

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