So, you’ve decided to remodel your home in Seattle, WA and are ready to get started as soon as possible. Before you rush into any home renovation project, it’s important to have some information up front, especially from your remodeling contractor. At Eakman Construction, we take the time to provide our clients with information that will help them understand what they are getting into and what they can expect when working with us. To facilitate your next home remodeling project, we’ve put together a list of ten questions you should ask your contractor before doing business with them.
Will there be a dedicated team working on my project?
Knowing who will be coming to your home and when is vital to the success of the project. If homeowners are sitting in the kitchen at 9 am waiting for crews to show up and the sub-contracts aren’t coming until 1 pm each day, that doesn’t go over well.
What is the payment schedule?
As part of your contract, you’ll discuss payment schedules. Usually, a deposit is paid to secure the project and installments are laid out throughout the life of the remodeling project. Depending on the custom home remodel being done, payment schedules may vary. Ask when money is due and how much.
What are some circumstances that might hold up construction?
While every contractor works hard to prevent delays, they do happen. It’s important to understand that timelines are not guaranteed, but strived for and that there may be a number of issues that may arise, especially in older homes.
How long do you work each day?
If the crew you’ve hired is only working four hours a day, your project is never going to get done. Ask for clarification on what a typical workday looks like and what kind of production should be expected.
How many interruptions will there be in my home?
During peak times of the construction, many inspectors, construction workers, electricians, and more may walk through your door in order to put their stamp of approval on the project.
What guarantees do I have that my property will be protected?
Any construction company you hire should have insurance that protects them during work and your work. Talk to professionals like Eakman Construction to learn more about how property protection works.
How are overages discussed and dealt with?
Ask for budget changes in writing and find out how you’ll be informed if more money is needed to complete the project.
What is the resolution process for disagreements?
Sometimes, homeowners are not happy with the way construction projects unfold. If you are working with a home remodeling company to improve your home, make sure you discuss the resolution process for issues that may arise. What obligations do you have?
Can I contact references?
Always ask to see samples of previous work and ask to call around about the projects that have been completed. Any reputable construction company will be able to provide you with more than enough references to call.
What is the timeline for my project?
While no project can be guaranteed, a professional remodeling company in Seattle, WA will be able to provide you with a timeline that is within a range. Delays happen. Weather happens. Find out what the estimated project completed date is and then remember to be flexible about it.
For more information about remodeling your home, contact Eakman Construction today. Our professional staff and network of architects can help you prepare for a home remodeling project and improve the quality and value of your home.