Your home . . . Where families grow and make memories
that are woven into the very fabric of every room. A
home is where children and grandchildren escape the
world to a place of love, safety, and comfort. In this
unique escape, all the worries of the world quietly
drift away and life is about sharing, caring, and laughter.
This is where you grow dreams and memories.
If you’re considering a home remodel, the following
tips can help you make sure the experience is a satisfying
only a contractor who is licensed and bonded, and
has both general liability and workers compensation
insurance. Protect yourself and your home!
sure your contractor provides you with a written contract
illustrating the payment schedule, warranties, insurances,
start and completion dates, and pricing broken down
into the 25 major construction categories so you can
clearly see where the money for your home remodeling
project is being spent.
sure the contract includes all materials, labor, taxes,
permits, and inspections. Never make the final payment
to the contractor until the Building Department has
singed off on the job as complete.
pay with cash. Always pay with a check so you have
a record of your payments.
only a design and build contractor who performs the
architecture, structural engineering, title 24 requirements,
homeowner association paperwork, all plan checking
with the Planning and Building Departments, and acquires
all permits. This type of company illustrates responsibility,
confidence, professionalism, and the necessary skills
to bring the project together correctly.
sure your contractor acquires all the necessary permits
from the building department. This is the only way
you can be sure your home will be remodeled correctly
so you and your family are safe and will enjoy your
newly remodeled home for many years to come. Don’t
overlook this important step!
only a contractor who is a member of the Master Builders
Association (MBA), the National Association of the
Remodeling Industry (NARI), the National Kitchen and
Bath Association (NKBA), and the Building Trades Association
(BTA). It’s important that your contractor belong
to these organizations, as they have certified the
competency and professionalism of your contractor.
for a contractor who provides you with professional
Architectural drawings and structural engineering
using programs like AutoCAD where you will see your
new home grow before any work begins. Your eyes will
gleam and your thoughts soar and excitement builds
as you begin to see your dreams crystallize.
a personal fixtures consultant to coordinate your
bathroom and kitchen suite of fixtures, accessories,
Professional contractors use professional brand name
products in your remodeling project, because they are
proven, top quality, and guaranteed. When you’re
interviewing contractors, ask if they will use the following
manufacturers when planning your home remodel:
hardwood floors that warm and charm your home.
carpets that warm your feet and provide that finishing
touch that accents your home remodeling project.
tiles and stones that capture the timeless elegance
of classic artesian craftsmanship.
efficient Halo® Air-Tight™ and Nora®
Air-Tight™ halogen recessed lighting to create
that luxurious ambient illumination.
jewel like beveled edge mirrors, glass, and wardrobe
doors that reflect timeless beauty.
Craftmaster® sculptured doors using Baldwin®
finishes that bring to life your personal style.
Andersen®, Marvin®, and Velux® windows
and sky lights fill your home with beautiful, spacious,
uplifting natural light and fresh air.
architectural finishes using Dunn Edwards® paints
and lacquers to entice the senses and relax the soul.
cabinets made from select grades of hardwoods that
embrace both tradition and excellence.
granite, Zodiaq®, or Corian® countertops and
splashes that bring natural beauty and elegance to
Thoroughly investigate any company or contractor when
evaluating possible projects partners. When you consider
that your home remodel will not only add financial value
to your home, but is also the place where your dreams
take flight and memories are created, you’ll want
to make sure you put such an important endeavor in the
right contractor’s hands.
About the Author
Dan A. Derkum