Start to Finish Construction utilizes state of the art Diagram, Scope and Estimating software. Our program updates real time with current industry standard pricing. For example, Drywall, cabinet, or flooring materials drop by 15% due to a flood in the marketplace… our Software updates and modifies our program before we prepare our package. A Team of highly skilled individuals is attached to each and every project, whether it’s our minimum $5,000 job size, or a complete gut renovation, all customers are treated equally, and professionally. Any changes or modifications in customer requirements are immediately reflected in our system, and a new scope/estimate is printed out for our customer. This of course, helps manage budgets, and assures our clients they are being treated fairly throughout the process.
1) What is your turn around time on estimates?
Once you take the leap and contact a home renovation company, you will likely want to get started as quickly as possible. One of the first things that you should ask is how long it will take for the company to get an estimate to you. For comparison’s sake, Start To Finish Construction delivers estimates within 48 hours.
2) Who manages your projects, and what experience do they have?
The last thing you want is for an inexperienced construction crew with an under-qualified project manager to end up handling your renovations. You have the right to know who will be working on your house and how much experience each member of the team has in this field.
3) How do you handle unforeseen construction issues?
There is always the chance that an issue will arise during the construction phase. This is nothing to worry about as long as your contractor has a plan in place to deal with this problem in a timely manner.
4) Are all of your carpenters safety certified?
Safety should be a to priority for your construction company, so make sure that all workers have the proper certification. After all, you definitely don’t want a serious injury to occur on your property.
5) How do you deal with product selections, and do you charge for designing?
Since every product that the renovation company orders will eventually end up in your home, enquire about how they choose these items. If the company uses an interior designer, ask if this service will cost you extra.
6) Do you have a designer on staff?
Construction companies that don’t have their own interior designer on staff either have to outsource this job or ask you to hire your own designer. Start To Finish Construction has an experienced, full time designer on staff who will ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your renovation.
7) Are all changes and modifications documented, or verbal only?
When something has to be changed, get it in writing. That way, you have proof of the changes, including any changes that will occur to the final cost.
8) Do you use work orders with your staff and sub-trades?
Works orders can help prevent miscommunication, as they inform all parties of the exact work that is to be carried out. Making sure that the contractor uses work orders could save you from some headaches in the future.
9) May I see a sample of your construction agreement?
You should know what you’re getting into early in the process. By asking for a sample of the construction agreement, you can review these documents before signing a contract.
10) Are you able to offer 3 references from happy customers?
It’s a major red flag is your home renovation company isn’t able to provide you with references. It either means that they haven’t been in business long enough to have references or haven’t made enough customers happy. Most satisfied customers are perfectly willing to provide a reference for their contractor