What To Do During the Project

Establish a regular schedule for reviews with your contractor Don't be afraid to point out things that don't seem according to specifications. Every contractor (and every homeowner) makes mistakes, The key to resolving most remodeling conflicts is early detection. And good communication.

Chances are there will be subcontractors doing many parts of your project. They are not authorized to make substantive changes in your project. You should discuss all changes with the prime contractor you hired - and be sure that physical change orders, including any changes in price, scope of work, time frame adjustments or material substitutions are put in writing BEFORE the changes are undertaken. This will avoid conflicts at the end of the project, and insure a smooth finish to your project.

How To Close The Project Out

The final walk-through is a critical element to bringing closure to your job. Develop a "Punch List" of things that need to be completed before making your final payment. Set a specific date for completion and be sure you and the contractor sign the document. It is common for there to be "little things" that are still to be completed, so don't be frustrated. Being clear and specific during this walk through will make the final steps to completion go smoother. Finally, sit back and enjoy! Your home is the biggest investment most people ever make, and a beautiful remodeling project is something you and your family will enjoy for years to come!

Construction Tips

Compare Apples to Apples in Construction Quotes

When getting quotes for a construction or remodeling project, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Ask all potential contractors to quote your remodeling project using the same construction materials as other contractors who are quoting. Not all building materials are the same - and some contractors use inferior products to slip in with the lowest bid.
--Get all remodeling contractors to create their quotes using specified construction materials

Ask for photos of past construction work

Ask potential contractors for images of completed construction or remodeling projects that you can see. Don't be afraid to ask to speak to past references. If it's possible, visit a complete remodeling or construction site where you can see the quality and craftsmanship first hand.
--View past construction jobs to verify the quality the contractor is offering - SR Remodeling Gallery