What should you expect during the remodeling period?
Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during major renovations will sooth your nerves and relieve you during your remodeling journey.
For those of you who have never experienced a remodel, room addition or a big construction project before, it’s okay to feel a bit excited and nervous at the same time! How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help diminish your fears and better prepare you for the upcoming adventure.
Sierra Remodeling is here to calmly walk you through the entire process and, we want you to know up-front what to expect, including surprises, during the entire process!
Your List of Expectations
We have developed a formal List of Expectations that we drill into everyone’s head here at Sierra Remodeling. We emphasize our high standards within this list to our staff at every opportunity and, you may download the document for your reference purposes. We hang our List of Expectations on every job-site to constantly remind our field tradesmen every day. It’s important to us!
We do everything we can to minimize disruption in your home and your life
The reality of home remodeling and custom home building are the inconveniences brought about during this huge undertaking. It’s a dusty, noisy and hectic journey that quickly begins; never seems to end; and then all of a sudden, is done. You will experience remodeling fatigue and then remodeling joy! In order to not sugar coat the process and, to fully prepare you for our on-site visit, we list the inconveniences you may experience during this exciting time.
It’s our job to make these annoyances less painful and, lend you a guiding hand while making a complicated process look easy. Please read our Clients Comments and, be assured, we are pretty darn good at this!
For larger projects or for rooms that are open to larger areas of your home, we will often build temporary walls around these areas to control the mess. An added benefit of these walls is that they also help to keep pets and children from dangerous conditions.
During especially messy parts of your project we will shut off your furnace or air conditioner to keep dust from traveling throughout your home. Rest assured we will do our best to minimize the dust on your project.
Tip: To prevent damage to your furniture and reduce your cleaning, place throw sheets over everything closest to the remodel zone. Vacuuming every evening will go a long way towards keeping fine dust from being tracked throughout your home.
Tip: Remodeling involves destruction and construction and both, by their very nature, will not allow you much peace or quiet. Should you be present on-site during the project, we recommend hearing protection when needed.
Tip: We simply call it, “Sierra Remodeling joy!”
Tip: Stay the course — remodeling fatigue will be short lived especially when you get to move back into your lovely, brand new remodeled room!
No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will we. But, be prepared budget-wise and time-wise for unforeseen problems since they will always happen! Especially if you have an older home that was built long ago when there was only one county home inspector who often was not available!
Tip: Be well prepared for these surprises. Having cash on hand that’s a bare minimum of 10 percent above contract for contingencies will help alleviate your stress. Budget an additional 20 percent if you want to worry less.
You decide that you want that premium dishwasher after all! Or, an “ah ha!” moment occurs and, you must have that wall removed. Or, termites have been eating a load bearing support beam – ouch! Yes, all of these are examples that will require a change order.
Tip: Confidence and decisiveness are key.
Tip: Sierra Remodeling loves building our communities one home at a time!
[Patio extension] [Room addition]
I am writing to let you know how much we enjoyed working with your employee, Scott Miller, during the planning and construction of our recent screened-in, extended patio project at our home in Winterhaven at Country Club Estates here in Sierra Vista.
From the time of our first meeting, Scott represented your firm with the utmost of professionalism, competency, and congeniality. Before selecting a contractor, my husband and I researched and interviewed six contestant firms. Scott had me at our first meeting.
He arrived at the appointed time (which we requested after our work hours, AND his), and had done his homework. He enthusiastically participated in the design of our extension, and offered suggestions that we hadn’t even considered. We had some special circumstances in that we had purchased a hot tub and had to increase the height of the structure (and the size of the planned doors) in order to accommodate the possible removal of the tub in the future. Scott’s response to that obstacle was, as always: “No problem, we can do it.” And he did! His drawings were FAR and above what any of the other contractors were able to develop, and once again, his competency and demeanor won us over. While you may consider his actions just “part of his job,” we certainly believe that he went over and above the demands of that job.
During the project, Scott kept us informed every day of developments, and listened attentively and patiently to questions and requests at all times. All City forms were submitted correctly and approved promptly, and he presented us with a complete package that satisfied the stringent Winterhaven Homeowners Association requirements with NO modification, allowing the schedule to be met.
Scott coordinated the services of all the required personnel expertly, including the men who poured cement for the foundation, the framers, the carpenters, the electrician, the drywall and stucco personnel, and the painters. He saw to it that all inspections were conducted (and passed) routinely. He got down on his hands and knees on a Saturday morning to help us design a tile pattern that would disguise the fact that we were not able to match our old tile. And, as my husband remarked to me on more than one occasion: Scott never failed to have something done when he said it would be, and he always had a can-do attitude. We’ve worked with quite a few contractors here in Sierra Vista, and I must tell you that the interest Scott showed in getting our project completed on time and to desired specifications is HARD TO FIND in the general population.
As you know, at the end of the day, of primary importance is the success of the project, measured by the satisfaction of the client. I can assure you that Scott’s project – which he designed and saw through to completion — turned out to be all and MORE than we expected. We are completely pleased with our new addition, and will enjoy it for many years to come. Furthermoe, I will be extolling to everyone I know how well your firm, and especially Scott, performed for us, including a testimonial on the Winterhaven website where, from time to time, our neighbors request information about contractors for home improvement projects.
Please extend our best wishes and thanks to Scott for his services, if you will. It was a pleasure doing business with your firm, and when we are ready to start another home project, we’ll call you first!