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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I plan a remodel?
  2. How much does a remodeling project cost?
  3. Do you charge for estimates?
  4. I hear that the “big box” handyman stores now remodel kitchens and bathrooms. What are the differences between remodeling companies, and these types of stores?
  5. I have three different estimates, and the prices vary greatly. Why?
  6. What can I expect to do while a remodeling project is being done in my home?
  7. What is NARI?
  8. Why should I choose a NARI member?
  9. I've heard a lot about Green Remodeling. What is it?
  10. How does green remodeling benefit me?

 

How do I plan a remodel?

FAQThe first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. Look at magazines and Web sites and collect pictures of what you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you'll be in making your decision. Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space. Figure out how much money you have to spend on the remodeling job, furnishings, landscaping or any other cost you might incur.  (Back)

How much does a remodeling project cost?

There are several factors which impact the final cost of any project. Such as; quality of materials, site conditions, accessibility, age of your home, specific design tastes, finishes, updating existing systems, etc. With all of these factors combined, it is possible to come up with a more exact estimate.  (Back)

Do you charge for estimates?

At Ream Construction, we offer free estimates to our customers.  (Back)

I hear that the “big box” handyman stores now remodel kitchens and bathrooms. What are the differences between remodeling companies, and these types of stores?

In a word: service. If you know exactly what you want, and you can pick it out at that store, and you are prepared to stay at home through the whole process supervising your remodeling project, then the big handyman stores might be the way to go. Typically, the quality of installation, and attention to detail is not a trademark of the “big box” stores. Neither is custom or out of the ordinary work. Like most things, there are situations when a “big box” store might be the way to go, and there are times when it is best to have a professional handle the complete job. Every situation is different, so it’s important to carefully compare estimates from each of these types of companies.   (Back)

I have three different estimates, and the prices vary greatly. Why?

Good question. There are a number of different factors that go into pricing a remodeling job. Check the obvious first. Make sure that every estimate has the same scope of work. If the estimates are so vague that you cannot decipher that information, go back to the contractor for clarification. If you cannot get satisfactory written results, eliminate that contractor from future bidding. The level of service given by a contractor greatly affects the cost. If the contractor spends lots of time picking out materials, attending to every detail, and taking care of all the little extras, so you don't have to, it will cost a little extra. When a contractor carries all the proper and required insurances, his prices will be higher than a 'pick-up contractor'. Quality of work, hard to show in a written estimate, is also a factor in costs. This part of the cost difference is usually only confirmed by calling references or visiting jobs the contractor has done in the past.  (Back)

What can I expect to do while a remodeling project is being done in my home?

Most importantly, keep the lines of communication open between you and the remodeling contractor and the work crew. Ask questions. Let them know what your family schedule is and whether you have pets confined somewhere. It’s important to keep the work areas off limits to children and pets for their safety; however, you may have a little extra dust and dirt in your house, so keeping the work area off limits will avoid them tracking the dust to other parts of the house.   (Back)

What is NARI?

NARIThe National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only independent national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI's goal is to help homeowners find the right professional partner to do their remodeling. NARI wants each homeowner to get the maximum value and enjoyment for the dollars they invest in their remodeling.   (Back)

Why should I choose a NARI member?

NARI Members meet the association's stringent criteria for experience. NARI members also pledge a commitment to high standards of practice and NARI's Code of Ethics. Each member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry is pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility in the conduct of business.    (Back)

I've heard a lot about Green Remodeling. What is it?

Green remodeling gives homeowners the unique opportunity to incorporate cost-saving and earth-sustaining concepts into their homes. NARI’s approach to teaching Green Remodeling is an all-encompassing approach that emphasizes making a home healthy, comfortable, and efficient. Consideration is given to indoor air quality, energy conservation, resource conservation, reduced material waste, and the use of products that are better for the environment (and for people).   (Back)

How does green remodeling benefit me?

Green remodeling reduces operating costs in the home by increasing efficiency, conserving natural resources, increasing the value of the home, improving indoor air quality and in turn, overall health; reducing waste, reducing emissions costs, and increasing productivity of occupants, and improving quality of life.   (Back)

 

Question?Do you have a question that’s not answered on this page? Feel free to contact us and we’ll answer your question, and possibly add it to this let to help other future clients. Send your question to info@reamcon.com or call (831) 899-6569.

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