Hiring A Home Remodeling Contractor

Common Home Remodeling Questions & Answers

Remodeling your home is a big project to undertake, even if you aren’t doing the remodeling part on your own. As an experienced remodeling company in Delaware, we get a lot of questions regarding remodeling a home. We’ve compiled this list of the most common home remodeling questions and answers to help you with your remodeling journey and be the informed consumer you want to be before diving into a remodeling project in Delaware. If you have questions we didn’t answer, leave us a comment or give us a call, we would be happy to help in any way we can.

How much will my remodel cost?

Of course, your specific remodeling costs will depend on the level of remodeling, the features you choose, and the size of your space. We have a couple of generalized cost guides to help you get a better idea of how much your remodel will cost

How long will my remodel take?

Again this question depends on the type of remodeling you are interested in for your home. The remodeling timeline will be different depending on which room you’re remodeling, how big the space is, and the decision making between you and your remodeler. Here are a couple of resources on the most popular remodels and how long they take.

Where should I start remodeling?

If you’re looking to remodel your whole home, you may be wondering where to start or if you should do it all at once. If you’re living in your home through the remodel, you may want to take the remodel room by room. However, if you won’t be in the house throughout the remodel, you may want to do everything at once, which could help streamline the process. Learn more about

How do I start remodeling my home?

The first step to remodeling your home is research. Take a look around your home – now what is a functional problem and what is a design problem. What would you like your home to look like? Get some inspiration from sites like Houzz or Pinterest and what others have done. Once you have a good idea of what you’d like to do, start researching remodelers who can help you achieve your vision.

 

WHOLE-HOME REMODELING: A STEP-BY-STEP OVERVIEW

Are you frustrated because your house feels small or outdated? Maybe you have been searching for a new house but can’t find anything you truly love? Are you ready to sell your house but need to give it a makeover first? Whatever the reason, there are lots of options for updating and modifying a current home to make it fit your lifestyle and personal vision for how a home should look and feel.

Many home remodeling projects begin because people simply need more space for a changing family or the current layout of the house doesn’t fit their needs. While some of these projects start as a renovation to one room, they can very easily spill into other parts of the house and eventually become a whole-house remodel. Older homes with small, closed-off rooms are opened up into large flowing spaces. Cabinets, appliances, and fixtures are updated to fit a customized design aesthetic.

A whole-home remodeling project or renovation can be an extremely large and overwhelming venture. There are numerous decisions to make and lots of aspects to consider. Even the choice of how much of the home to remodel and the purpose for the renovation is a big decision. Despite all of these decisions, the important thing to remember is that remodeling is an investment. Any home improvements you make, no matter how extensive, should not only elevate the functionality of your house but should also increase your home’s value. And the best place to start is by making a plan.

Start with a Plan

Like any large project, a whole-house remodel should not just begin because of a fleeting idea. There are too many facets to consider and choices to make to just start and then find you don’t like something or want to change your mind part-way into the project. Everything you want to improve or modify should be well thought-out, researched, and discussed. Below are some factors that should be included in the overall plan for your remodeling project.

Have a vision – You may want to start by looking through magazines or visiting home improvement stores for ideas and inspiration. Everyone has their dreams and ideal things they want in a home. Before capitalizing on those dreams consider if they’ll work in the layout of the house, add to its function or even fit into the budget. It’s a good idea to prioritize the top 5 -10 must-haves before making a definite plan.

 

INTERIOR HOME REMODELING

Whether you are looking into a full-scale kitchen remodel, master bath remodel, whole home remodel, or just a few minor upgrades, the home remodeling contractors at The Good Guys are here to help! Our team of knowledgeable remodel professionals have decades of home construction and general contractor experience, to better guide you through the process — from setting a realistic budget and timeline, to designing and selecting the final touches and materials.

KITCHEN REMODELING

If your Pinterest board is full of kitchen remodel dreams, we can work with you to make those dreams a reality! Upgrading from builder-grade, or sprucing up an older home, The Good Guys has the home improvement know-how to get it right. Replacing kitchen cabinets and countertops, and well-thought design, can dramatically improve the looks and efficiency of your kitchen. Interested in the newest smart home tools and appliances, or thinking of installing a pot-filler above your stove?

BATH REMODELING

Crafting your master bath into a premier oasis getaway is just a click away! A new bathroom remodel can make a splash in your bath by adding beautiful and practical waterproof flooring, replacing your amenities with a soaking or garden tub, or renovating your walk-in shower. Adding a new bathroom vanity, bathroom cabinets and countertops allows for ample storage in an area that often overflows with products. Request your free quote and consultation to get started!

WHOLE-HOME REMODELING & ROOM ADDITIONS

In recent years, homes with open floor plans have become highly sought after. This airy approach to home design can be applied to many home layouts, for a more modern room-to-room flow. If you are looking to update your home to an open floor plan, or add, move or remove walls within your space

There are a myriad of ways to add square footage to your home. Remodeling and extending your home with an additional enclosed room can give you that extra guest room, Man Cave or Lady Lair you’ve been coveting. Conventional house additions are built onto the existing home and should blend into the design and theme of the overall structure. This added space could also be useful as a bathroom, dining room, family room, master bedroom, or even an apartment, depending on your needs. If a complete bonus room isn’t what you need, consider a micro-addition to add space in an existing room. Bumping out a wall for a few extra feet is a great way to make room for an island in your current galley kitchen or add a sitting area to your master bedroom

 

How do I find a good construction contractor for a home renovation project?

When you are investing money in renovating and improving your home, you want to make sure you are happy with the end result.

Get Multiple Estimates

Try to obtain written estimates from at least three general contracting companies. A good estimate will contain details of the work for the project, all the materials required, the labour needed, the timeline for the work and completion date.

Professional Qualifications

Make sure the company is a registered business that is bonded, insured, and licensed in your area, which means the contractor has passed a test and knows local building codes and permits.

Check references from previous customers

Your contractor should have “before” and “after” photos of home renovations done which are similar to yours.

Trust your Gut

Finally, trust your gut instinct. Sometimes you can sense you are dealing with a quality general contractor with strong experience, confidence, and ethical practices. Sometimes we get a “spidey sense” that something is amiss.

 

Choosing the Best Contractor for Home Improvements

By choosing a good home improvement contractor, you can ensure the work is done well and to your specifications, avoid payment disputes, reduce problems during the job, and weed out scammers

Get Recommendations

Start your search contractor by getting recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. You can also check with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for members near you

It’s best to avoid contractors who haven’t been established in your community for some time or who:

solicit door to door

offer you discounts for finding other customers

just happen to have materials left over from a previous job

accept only cash payments

ask you to get the required building permits

tell you your job will be a “demonstration”

pressure you for an immediate decision

offer exceptionally long guarantees

ask you to pay for the entire job upfront, or

suggest that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows

Interview Prospective Contractors

Once you have a list of prospective home contractors, conduct telephone interviews to determine whether they’re available, can handle the type and size of your project, and can provide you with references

Get Written Bids

Get written bids from at least three contractors. These should include a breakdown (by cost) of what work will be done and what materials will be used. Discuss variations in price with each contractor. A bid may be higher because the contractor is using better materials or paying a specialist to perform certain repairs, such as plumbing