No, First we start with an over-the-phone conference to determine the requirements for the project. At that time we generally can provide you with a pretty close estimate of what your project might cost. Then we schedule a time to meet at the site and discuss details of the project. Some measurements are taken and then a written estimate is prepared and presented to the owner.
The majority of people would say get at least three estimates from contractors. This works well if you have no personal experience with the contractors you have selected. However, if a contractor is recommended by a friend and you have seen their work, one estimate may be all that is required. If you decide to get three estimates make sure they are about 10-15% within each other. If they are not, you should inquire as to why one would be so much higher or lower than the others. Make sure all the contractors have the same understanding of the job. Just remember to look closely, “buyer beware.”
There are many different factors to take into consideration when pricing estimates. First make sure that the estimates have the same scope of work. The amount of service provided by the contractor has a big effect on the cost. If the contractor handles every detail of the project the price will probably be higher. If the contractor has all general liability insurance the price will be higher than a “pick-up contractor.” Quality of work is another factor of the cost. The customer should not have to ask for things to be re-done. If you are still undecided call references provided by the contractor.
Yes. We provide a full warranty for all of our work. If you would like to see a copy of the J. Martin Company warranty, click here.
Receiving some sort of down payment at contract signing is a standard when hiring a contractor for a home remodel project. Typical down payments are 25% to 33%. Our contracts include a payment schedule. Progress payments are due during construction according to milestones.
The proposal should contain detail. Everything from model numbers of the materials chosen to the job price should be included. A copy of the contractor’s general liability insurance should be included also, and most importantly a list of their references. At J. Martin Company, we provide that information to you on our 1st meeting!
What questions should I ask the contractor?
A few key questions to ask could be: “How long have you been in business?”, “Have you ever done a project like this one, if so tell me about it?”, “Do you have insurance?”, “Who does the work; your employees, are portions of the project done by sub-contractors?” Ask as many questions as you would like until you find a contractor that can answer all of your questions to your satisfaction.
It all depends on the type of construction taking place. Remodeling projects often take longer than new construction due to the factors that are involved, including; limited access to the work area, work areas that are already fully furnished, demolition of the current finishes, daily clean up, and delivery schedule of special ordered items. Major remodels, additions & adding 2nd floors could take from 5 months to a year.
During any project there is bound to be a few problems that arise. At J. Martin Company, we will take care of the problem quickly and efficiently so the project can move forward.
The most important thing you can do during construction is to ASK QUESTIONS. A contractor wants to know right away if things are not right. Remember that it is your money so feel free to ask anything you would like. If you are getting the interior of your house remodeled make sure that J. Martin Company has full access to your house. There may be times when our crews may need to leave and come back.
It’s up to you. Most of our clients remain living in their homes during our remodels.
A change order is an signed agreement by the customer authorizing the contractor to do additional work which was not included in the original contract. The change order should be signed before the additional work is started, but often it is not in order to keep the project moving. The amount specified is due when the project is completed. A change order also may be written when a contractor comes across any unforeseen damage or problem.