Have a question about remodeling?
Q. Does every remodeling job need a permit?
It's a little confusing because it can vary by state, city, or even the county or township you live in, but the short answer is no. Renovations require permits when the job removes a load-bearing wall, changes the roofline, includes an addition, or requires installation for new plumbing or electrical. It's a case-by-case basis, and we'll let you know if your job will require a permit.
Q. How important is it for my remodeling contractor to be licensed and insured?
It's not just crucial that you only work with a contractor who is licensed and insured; it's not even questionable. Don't allow anyone to work on your home that doesn't have current licensing and insurance.
Q. When do I need to make decisions on appliances, fixtures, etc.?
The sooner, the better when it comes to making choices about new appliances. It gives the contractor time to order or secure the device, so they arrive on time. Free-standing appliances, like a microwave that sits on the counter, you can obtain after the work is completed.
Q. When is the best time to remodel my home?
When you decide you're ready to remodel is the right time. However, the better the weather, the easier it will be to work on the house. It also depends on the type of work that's being done. For instance, the winter months are an excellent time to use the frozen ground as an advantage for digging footers for additions. Come spring, the conditions may be more ideal, but it's also a popular time for homeowners to decide they want to remodel, so it can be challenging to get your job started.
Q. How long does the remodeling project take?
The length of time your project will take depends on several factors. How extensive the project is, is one example. Also, details within each job can vary the completion time, such as getting all new kitchen cabinets or remodeling what you already have in place.
Q. Who is responsible for paying if something is damaged in my home during remodeling?
If a contractor or someone working under the supervision of the contractor is responsible for the damage, their insurance should cover the costs. That's why it's so important to work with a professional who has secured coverage.
Q. How do you keep dust from going everywhere during remodeling?
Any respectable remodeling contractor will use methods to try to reduce the amount of dust that is present in your home during remodeling. It's about tricks like using only one door as an entrance and exit, as well as putting up plastic dividers to limit where dust travels. Covering vents, creating depressurization, and keeping dusty tasks outside the home as much as possible will also help greatly.
Q. Will I be without power/water/gas during the remodel?
Depending on the magnitude of your remodeling job, your loss of utilities should be brief. When any of your utilities are shut off, it can be anywhere between minutes and hours until it's restored. For more extensive jobs, it's a good idea to find temporary housing to prevent inconveniences.