Remodelormove http://www.remodelormove.com Remodel with Confidence Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Punch List Tips http://www.remodelormove.com/punch-list-tips/ http://www.remodelormove.com/punch-list-tips/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:40:14 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=15186 A punch list is an indispensable tool for homeowners to communicate with workers and contractors.  A punch list is the list of items that need to be addressed or fixed on a remodel or home […]

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Punch List Sample

A punch list is an indispensable tool for homeowners to communicate with workers and contractors.  A punch list is the list of items that need to be addressed or fixed on a remodel or home addition project.  The list can be created by you or the contractor and helps focus the workers and efforts on specific tasks needed to complete the finishing touches of a project or intermediate phases.

Punch List Tips

A punch list can be informal such as a list of items to work on handwritten sheet of paper tacked to a wall at the project site or more formal with an email and printed version with space for comments, name of who completed work and date when completed.   You should keep a copy of both the informal and more formal documents as a good reference of the work that was completed.

The punch list used at interim stages in the project are helpful to keep and can be an achievement milestone and also a signal that a payment is OK to be made.

The final punch list at the end of the remodeling or home addition project will likely be a bit lengthy and should be more formal since this is the last step in the project and after completion of the items on the punch list will allow you to make the last payments.  Common items that are frequently listed on the final punch list are blemishes on painted surfaces, finished floors and tile.  Also issues with the switch and outlet finish, function and appearance.  Check all appliances and cabinets and countertop for appearance and function.  And even it if winter – dont forget to test and check all the windows and doors for function and alignment.

 

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Remodeling Planner & Guide http://www.remodelormove.com/remodeling-planner-guide/ http://www.remodelormove.com/remodeling-planner-guide/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:30:51 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=15175 The post Remodeling Planner & Guide appeared first on Remodelormove.

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Do you want to know how to…

  • Pay the right amount for your remodel?
  • Find the best contractor and workers?
  • Get the best design for your needs?
  • Finish your remodel on schedule and on budget?
  • Prevent surprises by being prepared for each step in remodeling?

If this sounds like you then you need the Remodeling Planner.

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  • is a personalized and customized remodeling project guide that is 50 pages long – just for you – automatically
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To get your Personalized and Customized Remodeling Planner just select the type of remodeling project and when you want your project to finish. The intelligent Remodeling Planner does the rest to prepare your custom remodeling guide. The tips and solutions in the guide are delivered to you via email as your project progresses.

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What is the Remodeling Planner?

The Remodeling Planner is an intelligent guide that provides you tips, strategies and ideas to help with YOUR remodel. The information is personalized to your project and your schedule.

Examples of what the Remodeling Planner provides…

Week #1 – when you first start thinking about remodeling

The Remodeling Planner helps you collect design ideas, links you to the best place to find and organize photos and ideas, helps you create a budget for your project.

Week #3 –When you are ready to start hiring the help you will need

The Remodeling Planner gives you the tools you need to find, interview, and select the RIGHT contractor for your project. The planner links you to sample remodeling quotes and contracts. The Remodeling Planner will take the surprises out of your remodeling projects.

Week #6 – in the middle of the project

The Remodeling Planner gives you tips to ensure your project stays on schedule. The Planner tells you which steps are next in the remodeling process so you know what to expect and are not surprised!

Week #9- Celebrating a successful remodel completed!

The Remodeling Planner gives you the list of tasks to ensure your project ends successfully. Examples are getting a release of liens, how and when to do final payments, how,where and why to record all of your purchases

We provide all the tips, strategies and resources you need to remodel with confidence and without surprises.

How Does it work?

Based on your project description and your schedule the Remodeling Planner automatically creates a detailed remodeling guide. Then based on your schedule the Remodeling Planner sends you tips, ideas, suggestions and recommendations that are timed with your questions, needs and projects. We do not send you information before or after you need it – just what you need when you need it to remodel with confidence.

It is really free?

Yes, it is! The planner, like all our remodel cost calculators and home addition cost estimators, are provided to homeowners to inform and educate.

Does the Remodeling Planner help if I plan to do a lot of the remodeling work myself?

Yes, the Remodeling Planner is a great tool for all homeowners – if you are doing the work yourself or hiring a general contractor. The Remodeling Planner prepares you for your remodel

Where does the information in the Remodeling Planner come from?

The tips and ideas in the Remodeling Planner are the best and smartest tips available. They are from other homeowners who have completed projects and are sharing what they learned – plus tips from remodeling professionals. When you are using the Remodeling Planner you will have the opportunity to add your tips, lessons learned and suggestions to help other homeowners that will use the planner in the future.

 

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Do you want to know how to…

  • Pay the right amount for your kitchen remodel?
  • Find the best kitchen remodeling contractor and workers?
  • Get the best kitchen remodel design for your needs?
  • Finish your kitchen remodel on schedule and on budget?
  • Prevent surprises by being prepared for each step in kitchen remodeling?

If this sounds like you then you need the Kitchen Remodeling Planner.

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1. Your Planner helps you prepare and manage your remodel
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4. Finish your remodel on schedule and on budget ?
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What is the Kitchen Remodeling Planner?

The Remodeling Planner is an intelligent guide that provides you tips, strategies and ideas to help with YOUR remodel. The information is personalized to your project and your schedule.

Examples of what the Kitchen Remodeling Planner provides…

Week #1 – when you first start thinking about remodeling

The Remodeling Planner helps you collect design ideas, links you to the best place to find and organize photos and ideas, helps you create a budget for your project.

Week #3 –When you are ready to start hiring the help you will need

The Remodeling Planner gives you the tools you need to find, interview, and select the RIGHT contractor for your project. The planner links you to sample remodeling quotes and contracts. The Kitchen Remodeling Planner will take the surprises out of your remodeling projects.

Week #6 – in the middle of the project

The Remodeling Planner gives you tips to ensure your project stays on schedule. The Planner tells you which steps are next in the remodeling process so you know what to expect and are not surprised!

Week #9- Celebrating a successful remodel completed!

The Remodeling Planner gives you the list of tasks to ensure your project ends successfully. Examples are getting a release of liens, how and when to do final payments, how,where and why to record all of your purchases

We provide all the tips, strategies and resources you need to remodel with confidence and without surprises.

How Does it work?

Based on your project description and your schedule the Kitchen Remodeling Planner automatically creates a detailed remodeling guide. Then based on your schedule the Remodeling Planner sends you tips, ideas, suggestions and recommendations that are timed with your questions, needs and projects. We do not send you information before or after you need it – just what you need when you need it to remodel with confidence.

  • Q: It is really free?
    A: Yes, it is! The planner, like all our remodel cost calculators and home addition cost estimators, are provided to homeowners to inform and educate.
  • Q: Does the Remodeling Planner help if I plan to do a lot of the remodeling work myself?A: Yes, the Remodeling Planner is a great tool for all homeowners – if you are doing the work yourself or hiring a general contractor. The Remodeling Planner prepares you for your remodel
  • Q: Where does the information in the Remodeling Planner come from?A: The tips and ideas in the Remodeling Planner are the best and smartest tips available. They are from other homeowners who have completed projects and are sharing what they learned – plus tips from remodeling professionals. When you are using the Remodeling Planner you will have the opportunity to add your tips, lessons learned and suggestions to help other homeowners that will use the planner in the future.

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Remodel Cost Calculators http://www.remodelormove.com/remodel-cost-calculators/ http://www.remodelormove.com/remodel-cost-calculators/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 04:47:02 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=15085 The post Remodel Cost Calculators appeared first on Remodelormove.

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Just pick the type of remodeling cost estimate you want and answer a few questions. our renovation calculator will instantly provide you with:

    • An estimate of the cost to remodel

    • Tips on how to make your project a success

    • A step-by-step guide to getting started, and

    • Help finding a great contractor

Get estimates now for kitchen remodeling costs, bathroom renovation costs or even remodeling costs for your whole home. It’s that easy!

Renovation Calculator Q&A

  • Q: How do the Remodel Cost Calculators Work?
    A: The Renovation cost calculators use the four remodeling cost drivers to provide you with an estimate of the cost to remodel:  1. your homes location  2. who will do the work  3. the design of your remodel and 4. the materials you will use.
  • Q: What Reno Cost Calculators are available?kitchen-design-interior-ideas-034-300x225
    A: Renovation cost calculators are available for kitchens, bathrooms and whole house projects.  Home addition cost calculators are available for bathrooms, bedrooms, garages and 2nd story additions.  Basement and Attic finishing cost calculators are also available
  • Q. When should I get a home remodeling cost estimate?
    A: Before online smart remodel cost calculators it was difficult to get an estimate and required working with a contractor to create a budgetary cost estimate.  With free and instant remodeling cost calculators at remodelormove.com it is easy to get an estimate and it is the best idea to get a budgetary cost as soon as you start to consider renovating your home.
  • Q. Do I still need to get a cost estimate from a contractor?
    A:  If you are considering hiring a contractor than the answer is yes – you should get an estimate from a contractor as soon as you have the information they need to give you an accurate estimate.  An online budgetary cost estimate is a great place to start planning a remodel but before you lock in your budget and design you need to discuss your plans with an experienced building contractor.
  • Q: Are the cost estimates accurate from an online calculator?
    A: Yes, the remodelormove.com cost calculators do provide accurate cost estimates considering the little information that is needed to get an estimate.
  • Q: How does the calculator generate a cost estimate?
    A: The cost calculators use the average cost for a home addition or remodel and then adjusts this average based on your answers about your homes location, the materials you will use, who will do the work and the design of the room.
  • Q: What costs are included in the cost estimates?
    A: The costs for remodels and home additions are made up of materials and labor.  The % that is labor and materials varies from 40 to 60%.  kitchens and bathrooms have the highest material costs and garages have the highest labor costs.
  • Q: What the big remodeling costs?
    A: It depends on the room.  Materials are a big part of kitchen and bathroom remodels.  The single most expensive part of a remodel could be the tile you choose or the $500 kitchen faucet.  Your design also will drive the costs if you choose complex floor inlays or the foundation requires extensive repairs for your renovation.

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Solar Panel Installation in California – PG&E http://www.remodelormove.com/solar-panel-installation-in-california-pge/ http://www.remodelormove.com/solar-panel-installation-in-california-pge/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:03:34 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=14916 After completing a 2nd story addition it was time to install the photovoltaic solar panel system that I was wanting to for many years but because of the plans for the 2nd story addition and […]

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After completing a 2nd story addition it was time to install the photovoltaic solar panel system that I was wanting to for many years but because of the plans for the 2nd story addition and new roof was delayed.

This description of the process and technique I used should not be considered instructions.  Solar panel installation in california PG&E requires a lot of work with electricity and electrical wiring and work on the roof and should only be performed by licensed electricians and contractors unless you are a very knowledgeable and experienced DIY’er.

 

 

Step #1 -Figure out how big of a system I need.  When I added 900 square feet to my home I switched to all LED bulbs and we have never had AC.  Our water heater, dryer and furnace are all natural gas so the only items we use electricity for is lighting and the refrigerator and the stove/oven.  Prior to the remodel our bill was an average of $80 a month – after the remodel, with the LED bulbs, our electric bill is down to $40 a month!  It is very hard to justify spending $10k plus to save $500 a year!    At $40 a month and $.20 per kwh which is a typical rate in California for power from PG&E that equates to 200kwh per month or about 7kwh per day.  In Northern California we have an average of 5 hours per day of solar generating time so that works out to needing a 1.4kw system to supply my current solar power needs.  here is the chart i used

I decided on a 3.6kw system – more than double my current useage – as I plan to switch over to electric water heater, electric heaters and add air conditioning for the 2nd story.

 

 

Step #2 – Get quotes from a few solar panel installation companies to see if there was any savings for DIY’ing.  I have heard that these solar panel companies buy panels and inverters in such large volumes and their workers are so good at the installation that the prices they charge are a great deal versus DIY.  The solar companies I spoke to were reluctant to quote when they heard my current electricity bill was so low.  The quote i did receive were $14000 and $16000.   One company quoted a micro inverter system the other a central inverter system.

 

 

Solar Panel Permit

Sample Permit Application Drawings

Step #3 – Then it came time to compare the DIY cost.  I checked several websites and called several local companies and found ML Solar to be the most responsive and easy to work with.  There are a variety of panel and inverter manufacturers to consider but since the payback is 5+ years I wanted to get panels and inverters from a reputable brand that would make a good product and stand behind their warranty.  I picked a 310 watt LG solar panel and the enphase micro inverters.  The panels, racks and inverters – total cost $6500.  The cost for the wire, conduit, and other materials was another few hundred dollars.  Total for DIY $7000 plus 3 days labor – or pay the solar company twice that..I decided to do DIY to save the $7k.  There is a 30% rebate so the savings is closer to $4000 after rebates, etc.

 

 

Step #4 – get the permit.  Cost for the permit was about $200.  11x 17 drawings are fine.  I used the drawings from San Diego as a starting point, pasted in the details from LG and enphase and snap n rack websites.  I had to add a note about the wire size – 8 AWG, the need for a base every 4ft for the snap n rack, and the lag screw embedded 2.5 inches into the roof rafter/truss.  Took these to the city – paid my dollars and got the permit.

 

Step #4.5 – complete paper work with PG&E –  The process was very simple for my house.  PG&E has a lengthy application to complete and then a process to have it signed.  No one from PG&E – to my knowledge- came to inspect the meter or installation.    The entire process was conducted on line and was remarkably painless.  Here is the link to apply for the residential solar net meeting hookup.

 

 

Solar Panel Power Disconnect

Solar Panel Power Disconnect

Step #5 – Put in the disconnect and start the conduit.  I guess you can start from the top and work down or from the bottom and work your way up.  need to ensure the conduit system protects the wires from the elements.  I used metal conduit but the “next” time will use PVC.  The disconnect is a D- Square unit that has 2 fuses.  The fuses are not needed in the system design but it came with the disconnect so i bought a couple 20amp fuses for $2 at Home Depot.  I purchased the disconnect on ebay for approximately $30.  I am using micro inverters so there is AC 240 volts running through this disconnect from the inverters to the circuit breaker panel.   A label needs to be applied to this disconnect.  The city made it very clear to bond the  conduit – so i purchased small bonding – bushings that fit on the end of the conduit to ensure they are grounded/bonded.

 

 

 

Step #6 – The conduit on the roof.  All of these items were purchased from Home Depot except for the roof jacks.  I bought those online due to the small diameter I needed to seal the conduit.  Home Depot may have had them but I couldn’t find them. Bending the conduit and creating the little stand offs to secure the conduit above the roof013 was all pretty easy.

 

Took about 3 to 4 hours to put in all the rails and mounts, etc. etc. for my 12 panel system.  Because of vents and the smaller 2nd story south facing roof I ended up putting the panels in 3 different groups.  That required more conduit work but that is the only downside that I know of so far.  The ends of the rail will be cut to length after the panels are in place.  The manufacturer suggests placing a support every 8 feet of rail length –  the city of Sunnyvale requires the supports every 4 feet.  This picture to the right is BEFORE I was told about that different and installed the additional 6 supports.  It goes a lot faster now that I am getting some practice!

 

Step #7 – Install the Snap n Rack rail mount system. No particular reason that I selected this system. It was050 recommended and seem to be widely used so that I felt confident it would work for my project. Installation was straight forward.

 

Step #8 – install the enphase inverters.  This required very little effort.  The inverters just clamp on the rails and the wiring harness all have plugs and just snap into each other. Super easy.  On one end cap the wires with a cap that enphase sells.  On the other end wire it into the junction box through a water tight fitting that Home Depot sells.  Easy:).  It may have taken an hour to install all of the inverters and wire them up.  The racks also need to be grounded as well.  The ground wires are clamped to the racks and then attached to the conduit which is grounded to the grounding rod near the foundation.

 

 

12-14-2015 014Step #9 – install panels.  The panels are easy to place and clamp down.  I had some help with panels – they are not very heavy, just 40 pounds each,  but they are large and I wanted an extra set hands of to avoid a panel sliding off the roof and damaging the gutter, the panel or falling off the roof and damaging something on the ground.  The panels come ready to plug into the inverters and the clamps that hold them to the rail are simple to use.  Just need a wrench.

 

 

Step #10 – test the system.  The system has two switches.  The lockable disconnect switch and the 240volt 20amp breakers in the breaker box for the house.  to connect the solar panels to the house and PG&E use a circuit breaker that is suitable for back feeding – most are unless they specifically say they are not or if the legs are labeled “load” “line” etc.   The GFI requirement is meet by the inverters that have built in GFI.   I looked for different system that would monitor the power from the panels and inverters and the “best” I could find – value wise- was the envoy from enphase. It is expensive $475 for a plastic box and an LCD and a little circuit board but it communicates to the inverters and via your wifi or ethernet internet connection to some dbase somewhere that provides a verety of reports.  The systems works well – is no hassle to install.  It takes hours to establish communications with all the inverters so patience is helpful

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I Just Fired My Architect http://www.remodelormove.com/fired-my-architect/ http://www.remodelormove.com/fired-my-architect/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 03:59:15 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=14701 I just emailed my architect the following message: Dear ______,  I have decided to take a different approach to the remodeling project at the _____________ and will no longer need your services.  I would like to […]

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I Just fired my architect

I just emailed my architect the following message:

Dear ______,  I have decided to take a different approach to the remodeling project at the _____________ and will no longer need your services.  I would like to terminate our agreement effective today 12-2-2015.  Please send me the current autocad files for the drafting you have completed.    Thank you for all your time and effort the past few months.
Sincerely
_____________

I fired my architect for several reasons:

1.  They had a poor communication style.  They frequently wrote and said “No you cant do that..”.  The problem was they did not clearly understand my request and needs.  They made assumptions that were not correct and then ended up giving me incomplete and incorrect answers.
2.  They didnt listen and let their personal experience and desires overrule my needs and requests.
3. When I sent an email several weeks ago asking that we improve communications they responded with a reluctant agreement.
Ultimately they are better off working with a different customer and I will be better off working with an architect that better suits my needs.
So why did I hire them?  For 3 reasons.  First they were recommended by an engineer who i have worked with several times very successfully.  Second I interviewed them and I had my partner interview them and we both agreed they were “OK”.  I had a few reservations but with a good reference and they were responsive I put aside my “feeling” and made the rational choice.  Third – they offered an ala carte service option.  I didnt need nor want all the services that some architects offer so the ones I hired were the best choice.
Damages?  None really.  The contract we had signed stipulated that the relationship could be terminated at any time for any reason – always make sure your contract has this specified.  I had given them a deposit to start the project and deliver initial designs and then a 2nd revision of designs when a 2nd payment would be made.  They completed the 2nd revision and I paid for the work.  The work they did is valuable since much of the give and take and meeting with the city has been completed and it is much clearer what can be done for this project and what is not practical.
Lessons learned?  While references are important – your “gut” feeling is what needs to lead you.  If you are generally successful in life and usually make good decision you should listen to your “gut”.  If an architect or contractor your are interviewing has great credentials and comes with glowing reviews but you do not feel right about hiring them – do not hire them.
Another lesson learned?  Make sure your contract in regards to termination and payment are equitable and you can cancel your contract anytime and not be “damaged” very much financially or schedule wise.

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Remodeling & Renovation Cost Calculator Estimates –Get yours right now – It’s FREE!

03 Remodel or Move? 04 Should you Remodel?
Bathroom Remodel 02 Bathroom Addition
03 Kitchen Remodel 04 Den Addition
05 Bedroom Addition 06 Office Addition
08 Living Room Addition 07 Living Room Expansion
10 Family Room Addition 09 Family Room Expansion
11 Finish a Basement 12 Finish an Attic
13 Garage expansion or addition

Home Remodel Cost Calculators

Remodeling & Renovation Cost Calculator Estimates –Get yours right now – It’s FREE!

Just pick the type of remodeling cost estimate you want and answer a few questions. our renovation calculator will instantly provide you with:

    • An estimate of the cost to remodel

    • Tips on how to make your project a success

    • A step-by-step guide to getting started, and

    • Help finding a great contractor

Get estimates now for kitchen remodeling costs, bathroom renovation costs or even remodeling costs for your whole home. It’s that easy!

 

Renovation Calculator Q&A

 Q:  How do Remodeling Cost Calculators Work?

A:  The remodel cost calculators here on remodelormove.com use a combination of room size, location, a homeowners preference for quality of material, how much work a homeowner will do themselves and the homes location to calculate remodel costs.

Q: Remodel Cost Estimator versus a Remodel Cost Calculator?

A: A  remodel cost estimator is another name for a remodel cost calculator.  Both provide a remodeling cost estimate for a project like a kitchen, bathroom, or finishing a basement or for a whole house

Q: What Renovation Calculators are available?kitchen-design-interior-ideas-034-300x225

A: Remodelormove.com had renovation calculators for kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, basement finishing, attic finishing, bedroom additions and renovations and whole house renovations.

Q. When should I use a Home Renovation Calculator?

A:  A home renovation calculator is very helpful when you first start considering a home addition or home renovation project and need a calculator to help you get an idea of the cost for your specific home renovation.  The home renovation calculators here on www.remodelormove.com use a number of variables including your location, who you will hire to do the home renovation, the size of the home addition, and the types of materials you will use to calculate your home renovation costs.

 Q. Should I still get a remodeling cost estimate from a contractor?

A: Yes, even if you get an estimate from a remodeling cost cInterior-Design-Ideas-003-300x225alculator that only is a starting point for creating a remodeling budget.  Tofind out what your remodel is really going to cost you need to have a design, or a least a good idea of a design, and most of the materials picked then you can get a remodeling cost estimate from a contractor which will be more realistic than an estimate from a remodeling cost calculator.

Q: Are the estimates provided by these remodeling cost calculators accurate?

A: Yes, based on the little information that you input the calculators give an accurate estimate.  As you gather more details about your project you can work on your own to create a more detailed estimate or get a detailed estimate from a remodeling contractor.

Q: How can the calculator estimate the cost of my kitchen remodel?

A: For you kitchen, and all projects the calculators start with an average for that type of project in the US.  Then based on you choices and where you like the cost estimates are adjusted up and down to create your personalized estimate.

Q: What is included in the remodel cost estimates.

A: The estimates fall into 2 main categories.  First are remodels where little or no structural work is done.  Examples of this type of remodel is finishing an attic or remodeling a kitchen.  For these types of remodels the calculator assumes little structural work such as framing new spaces or foundation work. For this first category the estimates including flooring, cabinets, electrical, plumbing, building and covering walls with drywall and painting.  Your selection of Economy, Average or Expensive materials dictate which materials and labor is included in the estimates we provide.

The Second category of remodels are additions.  For many additions extensive structural work is required including the building of foundations and construction of roofs.  This second category of remodels, namely additions, include all the items noted above plus the foundation, walls (both interior and exterior), ceiling and roofing.  In both estimates allowances are made for doors and windows.

Q:  What are the biggest remodeling  costs?

A:  The type of room and your choices drive what single item will be the biggest remodeling costs.  For a bathroom remodel the biggest single remodeling cost is tile work around the shower, tub and on the floor.  For a garage addition it can be the plywood for sheathing the walls and the roof.  For finishing your basement the biggest remodeling cost is often the flooring.

Q:  What is a home addition calculator

A: A home addition calculator provides and automated way to get an estimate for an addition to your home.  Common additions are bedrooms, second stories, bathrooms, garages and master bedrooms and master suites.  A home addition calculator can be as simple as an excel spreadsheet and a very knowledgeable person adding values for each element of a home addition or can be a fully automated – easy to use home addition calculator that asks the user very few questions and requires the user to have no expertise and still is able to provide an estimate of the cost to add an addition to a home.

Q: Home Renovation Costs and Budgets

A: Creating a budget for your home renovation is a lot easier than it use to be.  The best way to calculate home renovation costs and create a home renovation budget is to start with the home renovation cost calculators on www.remodelormove.com.  With just a few simple questions you can get an instant home renovation cost estimate and check that against your budget.

Q: How to manage home remodeling costs?

A:  The best way to manage home remodeling costs is to first have reasonable expectations about what it costs to remodel.  With a good idea of remodeling costs from the remodelormove.com remodeling cost calculator it is important to develop a design that matches or budget – or adjust your budget to match the design you have selected.  Often remodeling costs are uncontrolled because of decisions about materials and designs happening during or too late in the remodeling process.  To best manage home remodeling costs make as many decisions about what materials, fixtures, etc. you will use in your remodel as early in the process as possible.

Q: Do home addition calculators give good estimates?

A:  For most homeowners a home addition calculator like the ones here at www.remodelormove.com are a great tool to get a ballpark remodel and addition cost estimate when a homeowner firsts starts thinking about remodeling or adding on to their home.

Q:  When should I get a remodeling cost estimate from a contractor?

A: A contractor will be the one who can give you an accurate – realistic remodeling cost estimate but in order for them to create a remodeling cost estimate for your project they need a lot of information about the current state of your home, details on your new design and specifics on the materials, fixtures and appliances you would like to use.  The materials, fixtures and appliances make a huge difference in bathroom and kitchen remodeling cost estimates.  When you have a budget, confidence you will start the project, consensus with the entire family on moving forward with your remodel is the best time to start getting estimates from contractors.

Q. How do Home Addition Cost Calculators Work?

A.  The home addition cost calculator on remodelormove.com provides an estimate of the cost to build your addition to your home.  The cost calculator uses your homes location, your preference for economy, average or expensive materials, the size and which rooms you are adding, and how much work – if any – you plan on doing yourself.  Based on this information the home addition calculator estimates the costs for your project and provides and estimate of the amount your home may appreciate because of the addition.

 Q. Why is there such a big variation in remodeling costs?

A. Remodeling costs vary a lot from one contractor to another because each contractor makes many assumptions about how the project will proceed which will create a 20% or more variation from one contractor to another who is quoting remodeling costs for a project.  The other big variable is the business style of the contractor – while the material costs for each contractor is about the same – the pay rate of the workers, the contractors company overhead, the contractors interest in your project and the contractors pay and profit goals vary a tremendous amount from one contractor to another.

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Florida Remodeling Contractor Indicted http://www.remodelormove.com/florida-remodeling-contractor-indicted/ http://www.remodelormove.com/florida-remodeling-contractor-indicted/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:36:02 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=14538 A homeowner paid a Florida remodeling contractor nearly $200,000 over a year and a half to a contractor for an incomplete job and shoddy workmanship for the work that was done. “$196,700 was spent but […]

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Florida Remodeling Contractor

Florida Remodeling Contractor

A homeowner paid a Florida remodeling contractor nearly $200,000 over a year and a half to a contractor for an incomplete job and shoddy workmanship for the work that was done.

“$196,700 was spent but if you walked into the home it still looked like it was in teardown mode,” said McGarry’s attorney Kerry Raleigh, of the Walk Law Firm in Tampa. “No completed walls on the inside, no finished flooring on the inside, no new cabinetry in the inside, the roof that was installed was defective.”

 

There are 2 key lessons to be learned from this florida remodeling contractor story

First is to not pay ahead of progress made on a project.  Large deposits, over $1000, are a BAD idea for homeowners. Do not pay more than $1000 and certainly not the 20 or 30% some contractors request.  It is a great deal for the contractor to be paid up front but it is nothing but risky for a homeowner.  Future payments should only be made that are in sync  with the work that is completed and passes inspection by they city or you if you have the skills to know if work is completed correctly.  If you are unsure considering hiring an independent inspector to review the work and approve release of payments to protect your interest.

Second lesson is to do not let a bad project continue.  Follow the old adage of “hire slowly – fire quickly”. Take your time before hiring a contractor but make a quick decision and act on it if the project is not going well and fire the contractor.  In this story from Florida the homeowner gave the contractor nearly $200,000 over more than a year.  There were likely many times during that first year when the homeowner and contractor were having disagreements and there were warning signs that the project was going well.

For your project instead of throwing good money after bad and taking the risk of wasting money working with the wrong contractor make sure that either party can terminate the contract for any reason is a note in the contract.  If you are unsatisfied with the work or schedule or other issue notify the contractor in writing, give them an appropriate amount of time – likely 1 week – to resolve the issue. If it isnt resolve in the time you allocated or resolved in a way that you are satisfied with then notify the contractor that the agreement is cancelled.

Make it quick and clean, learn from the experience and start looking for a contractor to finish the work.   It may seem like a total disaster at the time but if you act quickly you will look back on this little “bad contractor” episode as a small irritation on the way to getting the remodeled house of your dreams!

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Steel Door Adds Value to Home – Really? http://www.remodelormove.com/steel-door-adds-value-to-home-really/ http://www.remodelormove.com/steel-door-adds-value-to-home-really/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:01:36 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=14373 An article in USA Today lists 8 home projects that add value to a home includes “installing a steel front door”. Really?  My house that is worth $300,000 is going to be worth $301,000 if […]

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Steel Door Adds Value to Home

Door Adds Value to Home

An article in USA Today lists 8 home projects that add value to a home includes “installing a steel front door”. Really?  My house that is worth $300,000 is going to be worth $301,000 if i pay someone $1000 to install a new steel front door?  First – most homeowners can not tell the difference between a steel, fiberglass or wood front door that is painted and in good condition.  So whatever door you have it should be in a good condition.  Second – a new front door is going to help the value of your home zero if the rest of the curb appeal is unattractive.  The front door is just a small, but important, part of your homes curb appeal.  Your home needs to have exterior surfaces that are in good condition – brick, paint, siding etc.  The landscaping and walk to the front door needs to be neat, The outside and inside of the entry needs to be in good condition – steel door or whatever – and appropriate for your home.

So will a  new steel door add value to home?  It depends on what you are replacing – but the door itself is just a small part of the entire curb appeal of your house so if you are looking to maximize the value of your home you have to look at the key portions of a house and make sure they look good.  The key areas are curb appeal, entry, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom.  If these all look good you can slide a bit on the other rooms and areas and still get top dollar for your house.  If anyone of these are a mess, need repair or have visible problems the value of your home will take a significant hit

The original article is from USA Today – http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/8-home-remodeling-projects-that-are-worth-the-money/2

 

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Cost of Addition to Home http://www.remodelormove.com/cost-of-addition-to-home/ http://www.remodelormove.com/cost-of-addition-to-home/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:25:11 +0000 http://www.remodelormove.com/?p=12991 Cost of adding an addition to you home varies greatly and is determined by the 4 home addition cost drivers; location, who does the work, the design and the materials you choose to you.  Most […]

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Cost of Addition to Home

Cost of adding an addition to you home varies greatly and is determined by the 4 home addition cost drivers; location, who does the work, the design and the materials you choose to you.  Most homeowners do not understand the amount of control they have over these cost drivers and too early in the planning process lock themselves into a certain type of contractor or certain design that drives the price.  To avoid this pitfall work on your budget while adjusting your choices to get a good match between what you want to spend and the cost of your home addition.

Cost of Addition to Home Cost Drivers;

Location

Cost of addition to home is dependent on the location of your home and labor rates that contractors charge in your area. Labor rates for home additions range from 40 to 60% of the project total cost so it has a major impact.  High labor cost regions like New York and San Francisco will typically have cost of home addition labor that is 2 to 3 time more than lower cost areas.

Who does the work

There is a significant difference in labor costs between regions but also within a region labor for home additions can vary 20 to 30%.  If you do some work yourself that will also impact the cost of labor for your home addition.

The design of your Home Addition

The simpler the design of your home addition the lower the cost.  A simple square room with a flat roof built on a slab is the lowest cost home addition – as you modify this simple “block” the costs will go up for each and every change.

The materials you select

Labor makes up 40 to 60% of the cost of a home addition – the other 40 to 60% goes toward materials.  Materials make up a big part of kitchen and bathroom remodels and for these rooms you have a lot of discreation of what materials are use.  You can choose a $30 faucet or a $300 faucet, sinks can be $50 or $500.  The list goes on and on and each decision you make has a big impact on the cost of your home addition

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