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"No Job Too Big Or Small"

"For over 33 years I've worked with clients on home construction projects both large and small. The following list of questions are the ones I consider to be the most important to ask when building a new home or planning renovations or repairs. The answers reflect my own experience and advice about the best approach a consumer can take towards a construction project." -Raymond Regis

Q. Not all contractors are equal and comparing contractors and quotes can be very confusing. How do I compare this information?
A. When planning a building, remodeling or home improvement project, be sure to ask the following questions before signing any contract.

  • Do you have a Construction Supervisors License?
  • Are you licensed by the state?
  • Are you a registered Home Improvement Contractor with the Commonwealth?
  • How many years has your company been in business?
  • Do you have liability insurance coverage?
  • Do you have workmen's compensation insurance coverage?
  • Do you remain on the project until the job is completed?
  • What brands and grades of materials do you typically use?
  • Do you belong to the Better Business Bureau?
  • Can I speak with some of your former clients?

Q. Do you accept credit cards?
A. Yes, we accept MC, Visa and Discover.

Q. Should I competitively give my project to several contractors to bid or negotiate with one?
A. Negotiate with a contractor with whom you have researched thoroughly and believe to be reputable and trustworthy. On paper a competitive bid makes a lot of sense however, in reality it is fundamentally flawed. A bid is based on a set of plans or a sketch or a detailed list of what work is to be done with the products used which can have mistakes and/or things omitted and therefore incomplete. Competitive bids are never apples to apples; each contractor is calculating on a different level or quality and service. Some contractors bid low and make it up on extras, while others bid sloppily and make it up on poor workmanship. Some will even scrutinize the plans for errors and omissions that could be exploited to their advantage.

The more you do your homework and find out what things should cost, the more likely it is that you will get the full value for your money. If you find a good licensed contractor whom you can trust, and he or she has a solid reputation for meeting clients needs, being efficient and reasonable on pricing, fully licensed and insured then this is the contractor you probably want.

Q. How do I compare competitive bids?
A. The first thing you want to do is make sure the bids are as close to apples to apples as possible. The problem is that every contractor has his or her own way of estimating and may use different categories than their competitors. When the plans are given out to bid, an outline should be given to each contractor, breaking down the job the same way. Each contractor is then required to fill out the outline for their bid. Now you can compare the electrical price and the plumbing, etc. Choosing a contractor should never be based on price alone, but the more clear information you give and you can obtain about how the bid prices were reached, the better chance you have of making the right decision. Always, always, make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Request a copy of their insurance certificate before signing a contract. The insurance certificate should come from their insurance agency and it should list the policies they have with the dates the policy is effective. You can also call the insurance agency to verify the information as well.

Q. What are the steps in building a new home or an addition?
A. Here is a basic list we recommend:

  • grading and site preparation
  • foundation construction
  • framing
  • installation of windows and doors
  • roofing
  • siding
  • rough electrical followed by plumbing, and then (HVAC) heating, vents and air conditioning
  • insulation and drywall
  • underlayment
  • trim
  • painting
  • finish electrical
  • bathroom and kitchen counters and cabinets
  • finish HVAC
  • hookup to water main or well drilling
  • hookup to sewer or installation of a septic system
  • final punch list

Q. How do I know how long someone has really been is business?
A. Check past phone books or check with your local business town or state licensing department.

Q. What is the difference between being registered or licensed?
A. Don't assume because an ad states they are licensed that they have an actual Construction Supervisor's License. It may mean they are registered with the state. Check out the information on the state's web site to confirm if they hold a construction supervisor's license. Please be aware a contractor cannot pull a permit without a Construction Supervisor's License. You, the consumer, may have to and by doing so you are assuming responsibility for that contractor to work on your home.

Q. As a home or business owner, why is it so important to hire someone who is licensed and insured?
A. You the consumer risk the liability if you hire a contractor who is not insured and licensed. This is extremely risky and could cost you your home if the contractor is injured while working on your home. Do not risk your valuable asset … your home. We can not compete with a contractor who is uninsured, not licensed and who operates out of his truck. We can compete with a licensed and insured legitimate contractor.

(We do charge an estimate fee if the estimate is for an insurance claim, home inspection, and/or if you do not own the home and need an estimate for a home purchase. The estimate fee will be deducted from the contract if you hire us for the contracted work.)

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