FAQ’s About Home Remodeling

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FAQ’s About Home RemodelingChris Rosseland2018-02-07T13:51:18+00:00

Home remodeling can be complicated, stressful and costly. Rosseland Remodeling has been remodeling in the Chicago area for a long time and there’s not much we haven’t seen. Below are some frequently asked questions about home remodeling. Please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions you may have and we’ll be glad to help you understand the process as best we can.


How long will my remodeling project take?

Remodeling project schedules vary based on the scope of work. The following guidelines are fairly generalized but should give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Full kitchen remodeling: 4 to 6 weeks
  • Partial kitchen remodeling: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Basement remodeling 1000 sq. ft. with full bathroom: 8 to 9 weeks
  • Basement remodeling 1000 sq. ft. no plumbing: 6 to 7 weeks
  • Full bathroom remodeling 5 x 8 ft. hall bath: 3 weeks
  • Full master bath remodeling: 4 weeks

We will provide a work schedule to you before your project starts. You will then know what to expect day to day and week to week. Our trade partners and subcontractors receive this schedule well ahead of time to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts. Of course things happen and the schedule may vary occasionally but we are proactive to minimize delays.

Should we be concerned about insurance?

Yes. It’s very important to confirm your remodeling contractor has liability and workmen’s compensation insurance. It’s also important that every subcontractor working on your home has these insurance policies in place as well. Accidents can happen and these insurance policies are there for your protection as well as the worker’s protection.

What are change orders?

Change orders are a document created when some aspect of the remodeling project changes. If there’s a cost difference in the particular scope of work or product we will provide a change order so you can be assured there are no cost surprises at the end of the project.

Do I need a building permit?

Most remodeling projects require a building permit. We firmly believe in securing permits where required. Building codes are in place for personal health and safety as well as protecting your home’s value and usability. Sometimes contractors try to get by without securing a permit. This is usually a sign they want to use unskilled and non-licensed workers to save money.

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes, we guarantee our workmanship for 5 years. Most products are supplied with their own manufacturer’s warranties as well.

Will you supply us with references?

We will provide an extensive list of past clients for you to contact. Below is a link to a list of questions you may want to keep in mind as you contact references for any remodeling company.

Questions to ask references

How do we know you’re the right contractor for us?

This is certainly a question which will require plenty of thought and trust. Everyone has ideas about what their ideal remodeling contractor will be. NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) has plenty of literature and information to help you decide for yourself. Beyond that it’s important to go with your gut and to trust the company you decide to work with. Be sure you are completely comfortable with your contractor.

Selecting the right contractor

How much will my remodeling project cost?

Home remodeling projects are difficult to group together by pricing. Every project is different and everyone has different styles and needs. There is a report issued every year titled “Cost vs Value Report for Home Remodeling”. It breaks down remodeling projects by type, level of finishes and region. Browse through this report to get a feel of where you may need to be budget wise. At our initial consultation we will also discuss a budget range.

Cost vs Value Report

Do you provide free home remodeling estimates?

Yes, during our initial phone call or home visit we will discuss the budget range your project may fall into. It’s best to get an idea of pricing and budget very early in the process. We will also do the best we can to answer all of your questions about home remodeling.

Do you have a remodeling product showroom?

Rosseland Remodeling does not have a showroom but our vendors and suppliers have showrooms. They have showrooms with salespeople trained in the products they sell. As a client of ours you will be treated with care and professionalism and assisted through every step of the product selection process. The costs some larger remodeling firms incur to stock and maintain a showroom and keep it’s products up to date are typically passed on to the client.

What if we supply the materials and fixtures ourselves?

Rosseland Remodeling avoids customer supplied fixtures when possible. There are many reasons for this. We prefer to maintain control over delivery and quality of the materials we install. Plumbing fixtures are a perfect example of this. Fixtures purchased at the local home centers are generally manufactured to reach a lower price point. Meaning the same fixture at the professional supply house is manufactured to last and provide years of use.

What are allowances?

We usually specify product cost allowances in our proposals early in the process to establish a remodeling budget. Unless you have a specific item in mind we will include an allowance amount. Here’s an example, say in your kitchen remodeling proposal we include a faucet allowance of $700. If you select a faucet with a price of $600 you’ll get a $100 credit. If you spend more you’ll just have to make up the difference. Be aware of remodeling proposals with low amounts for allowances. This is a common way for contractors to provide a lower cost estimate than other contractors.