North Texas Remodeling Frequently Asked Questions
Since 1985, we’ve done hundreds of kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, fire and water restoration jobs and other remodeling projects.
For over 30 years now, your local remodeling contractor, North Texas Renodeling has built a reputation of trust. Our formula for success has been remarkably simple. We do what we say, when we say we’ll do it and we charge the price agreed when we’re finished. And the quality of our work is excellent.
There are many reasons why you should hire North Texas Home Remodeling for your remodeling project. Firstly, we have over three decades of valuable experience in home remodeling, thus giving us an edge in expertise over many of our competitors. We can help you through all phases of your project from planning and budgeting to designing and building. We are dependable, professional and trustworthy and know that you will enjoy working with our team.
It’s very important. If licensing is required in your state or town, ask for proof of licensing or call the issuing municipality to verify the license. For insurance, ask for a proof of insurance or call the insurance company with whom the contractor is insured to verify coverage. In Texas only the electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors require a license.
Be realistic. You need ideas but you have to remember and think about your budget. But rest assured if you think you can remodel your kitchen for say $12,000, it may cost $18,000. If for example you want to move plumbing where concrete would have to be cut out, that would be an expensive item. These types of items can add up very quickly. It’s a good idea to look at magazines, go to home improvement shows, and go to parade of homes to get ideas so you will have some sort of outline of what you want versus what you need. Remodeling is not cheap but it is definitely less than buying new.
I would say that free estimates are here to stay. I would also say that more and more contractors are getting away from free estimates on the larger projects because there is so much more time invested in putting together that kind of estimate. Our time is valuable. There is a lot that goes into a big project. Therefore, often times once the client is sure that they are going to move forward with the project then there may be a design fee involved.
It’s best to employ a home improvement contractor with an established business in your area. Local firms can be checked through references from past customers in your community or through your local better business bureau. Local remodelers are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers for their business to survive. You can also contact the government Consumer Affairs Office and the Better Business Bureau to check for complaints on record for the contractor. Ask to see a copy of the remodeling contractor’s certification of insurance for the name of his or her insurance agency to verify coverage.
How long have you been in business? Look for a company with an established business history in your community. Surviving in any business in today’s competitive marketplace is a difficult task. Most successful contractors are proud of their history in the industry.
What is your approach to a project of this scope? This will give you an idea of how the contractor works and what to expect during the project. Listen carefully to the answer. This is one of the big indicators of the company’s work ethic.
How do you operate? In other words, how is your firm organized? Do you have employees or do you hire subcontractors? If you do have employees, what are their job descriptions? Do you use a project supervisor or lead carpenter to oversee the project? Other firms will have additional positions. You should know what parts of your project will be handled by staff, and which will be contracted out to independent contractors.
Do you have design services available? If you are considering a large or involved project, you will need design services. If the contractor does not have design/build capabilities, you should consider hiring an architect. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you may need an architect or structural engineer.
Does your company carry liability insurance? Ask for copies of the insurance certificates to verify coverage. In addition, some states require licensing and registration. If your state does have construction licensing laws, ask for your contractor’s registration and license, then confirm the license number and expiration date with your local jurisdiction.
May I have a list of references for projects you have completed which are similar to mine? The contractor should be able to supply you with a minimum of three references, including names, telephone numbers and addresses. As a follow up to this question, ask how long ago the project was completed and if the contractor can arrange a visit to see the finished job.
How many projects like mine have you completed in the past 12 months? This will help you determine the contractor’s familiarity with your type of project. You should confirm that a good portion of those completed projects were similar to the type of project you are proposing.
Will we need a permit for this project? Most cities and towns require permits for building projects. Failure to obtain the necessary permits or to arrange obligatory inspections can be illegal. In some cases, if a project violates a zoning law or some other regulations, it may even have to be demolished if there is no way to comply with the law. A qualified remodeling contractor will be conscious of the permit process, and ensure that all permits have been obtained before initiating any work.
Of the many questions you can ask during an interview, the most important question is one you must ask yourself: “Do I trust and feel comfortable with the person I am about to hire?”
Your answer to that last question should make the hiring decision a little easier.
Since 1985! That equals several decades and thousands of projects in which we have gained valuable experience, insight and wisdom. We continue to keep abreast of latest approaches, technologies, codes and practices.
We will proudly supply the contact information of several past clients. Additionally, please review our Testimonials for a long list of happy clients.
Absolutely we do. North Texas Remodeling will help you plan your layout, select cabinetry, windows, fixtures and materials at no additional cost. Additionally, we can refer you to a number of exceptional design professionals when required.
Building codes have been established by most cities, towns and countries. They vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. A building permit generally is required whenever structural work is involved or when the basic living area of the home is to be changed. Some municipalities don’t require a permit on smaller repair type projects. If your project does require a permit—and you’re remodeling professional asks you to pull the permit—this should be a red flag. The professional you hire should be in charge of obtaining the necessary permits and in many cases is required to do so.
That depends on a couple of things. If it is a referral and you are comfortable and he has met all of the above criteria one estimate is probably good. If it is not a referral then I would get three. Those three estimates need to be on the same scope of work so you can compare apples to apples.
There are a number of different factors that go into pricing a remodeling project. Be sure that every estimate has the same scope of work and list of materials to be used. If the estimates are vague—meaning they don’t spell out what work is going to be done— and you cannot interpret that information, go back to the contractor for clarification in writing. If you are unable to get adequate written clarification, it may be wise to eliminate that remodeling contractor from the process.
This really depends on the size and scope of your project. The materials chosen, the size of the room, and age of the infrastructure can all impact the project cost. Remember when you are comparing bids that you are comparing the exact same scope from each contractor. If a price comes in that looks too good to be true, it probably is. How much value will my remodeling project add to my home? This also depends on the scope of your project, and you may be surprised which projects add the most value.
We are happy to offer money-saving suggestions and help you find solutions to complete your project within your budget.
North Texas Remodeling estimates are accurate and on budget. We take the extra time to provide a very detailed estimate in the beginning, which ensures that your project will not go over budget. If the parameters of the project change during construction, the client will receive a change order for approval before we continue.
This depends on the size and scope of your project and what is found during demolition. Unforeseen problems can crop up once walls are taken down that require additional work. Ask your remodeling contractor for the most reasonable timeframe and stay in touch with him or her as the project progresses so you can plan for a finish date. Please keep in mind that deviation from the original scope of work or materials used can and usually does create significant time delays.
Yes, however, at North Texas Remodeling we will always go the extra mile to carefully seal our work areas when possible so that fine dust and debris will be minimized during construction. We always clean up at the end of each day and remove construction materials and tools from your living areas. We strive to make our clients as comfortable as possible during the various phases of construction. Depending on the size of the project a full service cleaning crew can be scheduled at the end.
Ask Questions! If you see something that doesn’t look right please don’t wait until the job is done to say something. Say it right then! Sometimes items could get accidently switched however the installer isn’t aware that he is installing the items in the wrong place for example, he is just installing. Please ask. There are no dumb questions. Another thing is to make it easy for the contractor to have access to your home. Give him a key if possible. Lancaster Bros like to use a lock box system. Remember, there will be dust and messes. We are not able to dust every day; however, we will tidy up as we go. We will do a final cleanup at project completion.
Yes, absolutely … there are several things to consider when doing this type of remodel. Is the wall load bearing? How much electrical is running through the wall? What are you going to do about the flooring? If the wall is load bearing, do you want the beam exposed or recessed into the ceiling (which is more costly)? When you do a project like this, usually the ceilings on both sides will have to have the texture touched up and both ceilings repainted as well as the walls. There are a lot of factors to consider. We can walk you through that process.
Energy efficiency is always one of our goals. We help clients select windows, insulation, water fixtures, air conditioning and heating units that perform to all current energy efficiency standards. Additionally, we make the extra effort during our construction phases to seal, caulk and insulate for optimal energy conservation.
First of all, with any remodeling project, there will be problems that arise. A good contractor will address problems quickly. He will come up with a solution, implement it, and the project will move forward. Be wary if a contractor keeps putting you off when you try to address problems.
A change order is a written document signed by the home owner to make a change to the project. This document can be mailed, dropped off, or e-mailed to the company for consideration and changes. Any change order agreed upon that involves additional expense to construction will be paid in full by the Home Owner to the company before the change will be made. All change orders will include the cost of the service or product and a markup for profit and overhead. We try to avoid change orders if we can, but sometimes changes need to be made or added. Change orders are to protect you as well as the contractor. Also keep in mind that change orders often slow the project down.
Our proposals always include a scope of work. We don’t want anything left to chance if there is just a price for bathroom remodel scribbled on the back of a business card or piece of paper, beware. Ask for proof of insurance and a copy of references.
Safety is very important to HHR and we employ best safety practices on the job at all times. However, should the unfortunate event of an injury occur, we are fully insured with a $1,000,000.00 liability insurance policy. Before your project starts, we can send you proof of insurance upon request.