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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you provide free in home remodeling estimates?
Yes, during our initial phone call or home visit we will discuss the budget range your project may fall into. We understand not everyone knows the various costs involved therefore we are more than happy to help you understand how much to plan on for your project. 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. Once we agree on a budget range we will move forward to a detailed proposal with a firm cost of remodeling.
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. Every home is different and they all have unique features. However, 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 based on previous projects with a similar design and scope of work.
How To Select A Remodeling Contractor
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.
- Contact as many references as possible
- Read online reviews at Google, Better Business Bureau, Facebook and more
- Interview the contractor and ask as many questions as you can. Is the contractor responsive and able to answer all of them?
- Ask the local municipal building department about their experience with the contractor
Will you supply us with home remodeling client references?
We will provide an extensive list of past clients for you to contact. This is a very important step in your contractor selection process. Past customers are usually more than happy to discuss their remodeling experience. We work hard at customer service to ensure our clients are more than happy to brag about us. That’s what keeps us in business and has enabled us to build a long list of completely satisfied clients.
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. Municipal building inspectors are there for your protection. They are another set of eyes inspecting the work done to ensure it meets the current building codes and regulations. Sometimes even the best contractors will overlook something so it is valuable to have a third party conduct their inspections. Remember, building codes are actually a minimum requirement. Rosseland Remodeling typically tries to exceed them.
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. Furthermore, should you decide to ever sell your home it must be disclosed whether or not any permitted or non-permitted work has been done.
It’s always a good idea to contact your local municipal building department to ask about which projects may require a permit.
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. This is common among reputable remodeling and home building companies.
The most common change orders are:
- Upgrades, or downgrades of materials originally selected by the homeowner
- Additional work requested by the homeowner that wasn’t part of the original scope of work
- A decrease in the scope of work should also be handled by a change order if a credit is due to you, the homeowner.
- Unforeseen conditions which could not have been known
It is important to keep the number of change orders to a minimum. That is why we work hard to get as many product selections confirmed before we start your kitchen remodeling, bathroom or basement remodeling project. Change orders can increase the time your project takes to complete if not handled immediately.
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. If someone gets hurt on your remodeling project and they don’t have a workmen’s compensation insurance policy you, the homeowner, could be liable for medical bills, lost wages and more. Also, liability insurance covers any damage caused to your property. If something catastrophic were to happen it’s important to know your contractor has it covered.
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.