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To remodel or not to remodel – what are the questions?

Mike Iddings - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Home Pro Construction has taken over seven remodeling jobs this year where another company started the project, then we were asked to step and finish it up. Perhaps the company was never qualified for the job in the first place. Asking the following questions may help you understand the ability of the company and could help you determine if they have the skill sets to take on your project.


A local company allows you close proximity to meet regularly and to keep everyone on the same page:

Will I be dealing with the owner, the manager, or the estimator of the company?

Where is the shop or office? Where is most of your work?

Will you be doing the work or will sub-contractors do the work? Do subs live in the area?


A properly insured company will respond to insurance questions without hesitation.  Everyone on your property needs to be insured:

What kind of insurance do you carry? What are the policy limits? May I have a current copy?

Can I be named on your policy as “additionally insured”?

Do subs have liability insurance? May I have copies?

Do you carry workers’ compensation?


Remodel work is tangible. Satisfied customers love to show it off.

Can I see pictures? Can I visit a job where you are currently working? Reference phone numbers?


A company with high visibility is thinking long term and is easy to contact:

Do you have a website? Do you have a Facebook page? Is your vehicle lettered?

Do you answer your phone after hours or on the weekend?


Understanding your estimate for the work is CRITICAL.  More detail up front means less opportunity for misinterpretation:

How detailed will the estimate be? How will I know what is included and what is not?

Will you put everything in writing?


Be sure you understand the payment aspect of the project.  Steady cash flow is important for most companys. I recommend paying weekly for what has been done and ordered. Most remodel jobs begin with demolition. If a company can’t begin work without money, it’s probably the wrong company for the job.

Do you require a down-payment?

How/when will I be invoiced throughout the project? When is the payment due?


Watch for more remodeling information in upcoming issues.

Mike Iddings, Craftsman/Contractor/Owner

Home Pro LLC



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