We’ve been building and remodeling homes since 1978, and we’ve been been remodeling homes in Florida since 1992. During that time, two questions always come up when we meet with prospective clients: “How much is this remodeling project going to cost?” and “How long will this take?”
Those are reasonable questions. The answers, of course, will vary with the specific project you decide to undertake. But we’re happy to provide general answers about both the cost of remodeling and about the amount of time it will take to complete a project. Obviously, we can give you much more specific answers when we know the exact scope of the project you have in mind.
Even though those two questions are important ones, there are three others that are absolutely essential to answer before selecting a Naples-area remodeler.
Is the Remodeler Capable?
It really doesn’t matter what kind of price you get for your remodeling project if the remodeler you choose doesn’t have the skills, expertise and experience to deliver what’s been promised. Make sure you’re dealing with a professional who has done the work of the scope and quality you expect. You’ll want to look at samples of the kind of work your remodeler has done in the past. You don’t want to hire someone who is getting in over his head. Ask your prospective remodeler some specific questions that will get at his or her ability, skill and experience. Here’s a helpful post offering a number of questions that can help.
Is the Remodeler Trustworthy?
How do you know if a remodeler is trustworthy? One way to find out is to talk to previous clients. Don’t just settle for references. Yes, you want your remodeler to furnish them, but take the next step and actually talk to people who have dealt with this remodeler. Ask about their satisfaction with the quality—but also ask them what the remodeler was like to work with. That helps to ensure that you’ll get a great product and enjoy the process more. It’s also good to check your remodeler’s affiliations. Be wary of “lone wolf” remodelers who don’t want to be held accountable by their peers.
Do I Feel Like the Remodeler Has My Best Interests in Mind?
Finding a remodeler who will listen to your concerns and ideas before coming up with options that fit your situation is extremely important. It’s your home and you want to work with someone who is interested in making it the best it can be for you. By the way, that’s one of the benefits of working with a design/build remodeler. The people who listen to your wants, needs and ideas for your home are part of the same team that actually turns those ideas into reality.
It’s important to know what your remodeling project will cost and how long it will take. But before you even get to that question, make sure you’re dealing with a remodeler who is capable, trustworthy and has your best interests in mind.