The Remodelers and Builders here at Gold Coast Builders Association want to answer YOUR questions. The below FAQs answer the most common of all questions our remodelers and builders get asked, such as the benefits of Green Remodeling, and the warning signs of an unqualified remodeler.
Each project is different and the down payment can vary. Down payments depend on the scope of the work and if materials need to be ordered in advance. An initial-partial down payment is typical practice for any remodeling project.
Most clients who are looking to remodel narrow their choices to three estimates. Keep in mind, your decision should not be based on price alone, but based on expertise, experience, and if the contractor/remodeler has a similar vision for your project. The most important aspect is to have a reliable contractor for your project.
Lowering energy costs is one benefit to remodeling “green”. By installing energy efficient products, such as windows, the value and appeal of your home may increase. Installing energy efficient kitchen and bathroom appliances is an active way to reduce your energy bills. If you have a have a desire to lessen your footprint on the environment, remodeling with recycled products or rapidly renewable materials, such as bamboo flooring, is a popular choice. Don’t forget to ask your remodeler how building “green” can also improve your indoor air quality by using nontoxic materials and finishes.
Energy efficiency is a practical and effective type of return on investment. Kitchens and bathrooms typically have the highest return on investment for residential projects.
Before reaching for the phone to call one of our licensed and insured remodelers, create a concrete list of design goals you are aiming to achieve. By using photos of what you like with specific examples, and what you do not like, will give the designers and the contractors on the project a clear idea of what your idea of the final space. Consider lighting, color scheme, and overall style. Consider an interior designer or architect to translate your vision onto tangible drawings to relate to your contractor. This helps eliminate any misunderstanding or confusion with your vision.
If you are remodeling your home, consider designing it for universal design standards. This will ensure you can stay in your home longer and it will fit your needs as you age. For example, adding a grab bar in the shower to assist entry and exit more safely. Ask one of our remodelers for more information.
Do you want to use Green Products in your remodel? Are you aiming for energy efficiency and cost-saving techniques?
Always ask for licensing, workers compensation, and proof of liability insurance. Ask your contractor how long have they been in business and who the contact/manager assigned to your project is, and the time frame in which they expect to complete. Always ask about what permits would be needed for your project.
Keep in mind, all permits must be acquired before construction work is begun to avoid any zoning and permitting violations. Check with your local zoning department for any questions. GCBA Remodelers Council recommends for you to ask for a list of at least three references.
GCBA Remodelers Council advises you to be cautious when the remodeler/contractor’s company name, license, contact information, and references are difficult to verify. If your contractor asks you to pay 100% upfront, does not inform you of your right to cancel the contract within three days (which is required by law) or is inaccessible to contact, please beware.
The contractor advises you, the homeowner, against the permit or asks the homeowner to pull the permit, most likely he/she is unable to retrieve the permit themselves. There are two kinds of contractor licenses: state and county competency. A state license allows the contractor to work within the entire state, while the county competency allows the contractor to only work within the county.
If you are considering working with an unlicensed contractor, bear in mind, legally the homeowner must pay workers compensation, FICA, etc. and may be fined if they hire an unlicensed contractor.
There are many tax benefits if you are considering improving your home! Windows, doors, and insulation are just a few of the examples of tax benefits available. Click Here for a Full List
Please contact our Gold Coast Builders Association staff for a complete list of certified and insured GCBA remodelers in your area today!
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