At TH Remodeling, we often see how enthusiastic customers are to start their home improvement projects. We are at the start of spring, and we understand that when the weather turns warmer it’s the perfect time to begin work, but we want our customers to know that there’s a lot that needs to be done before we can start. For the job to be done right, home and business owners, as well as contractors, have to prepare. And preparation takes time. There are permits that need to be obtained and decisions to be made to do required work. You may need to work with architects, and some discerning customers might need to work with designers as well. You’re also going to need the materials required to complete the project. It can sometimes be a time-consuming process, and TH Remodeling wants to give you some tips on preparing for spring projects.
Your First Steps Before Work Starts
The first thing you’re going to need to do is to have a plan for what you want. Are you installing new windows? Building a deck or porch? Adding additional rooms to your home? All of these things are often going to require back and forth between you and your contractor. A major first step is going to be determining the plans for the project. If you’re talking about a major job, that’s going to involve using an architect. TH Remodeling strongly recommends using an architect, and if you’re having trouble finding one, we can recommend one we work with.
When we’re presented with plans for your project, we’ll go over them and discuss what you want for your job. We don’t finish a job until you’re satisfied and in some cases, we might also suggest hiring a designer. When you’ve established what the project will look like, we’ll give you a quote on cost, and we’ll also recommend you talk to other contractors to get an estimate.
But understand that the cheapest quote you get may not be the best deal for you. Ask how long the work is guaranteed for and find out the details of the warranty. At TH Remodeling, we’ll always adhere to the terms of the warranties covering the building materials we use so your warranty won’t be voided over the life of your home or business. Always remember there’s a big difference between hiring the cheapest contractor and hiring the company that will give you the most for your money.
Paperwork and the Permit Process
Another process that often requires time is getting permits for the work. This process differs by locality and can delay your project, possibly for months if you need approval by a local zoning board. Decks look great and are wonderful to look at, even in the winter. But remember, the idea is to enjoy the summer breeze!
The legal information website Nolo several common steps that can occur during the permit process. These aren’t necessarily the only steps to occur in the process, and the length of the permit process can vary greatly by locality. These common steps can include:
- Completing the application.
- Preparing and submitting a site plan for your project. This may require hiring an architect.
- Scheduling a review process for the plans.
If you’re not sure if your home improvement project requires a permit, don’t guess. Check with the agency that issues the permit. TH Remodeling will make it a policy to check with relevant agencies before starting a project. We make it easy!
TH Remodeling Will Take Steps to Get the Job Done
Spring is a popular time to inquire about home improvement projects, but a little patience goes a long way. Plans need to be created and finalized. You need to get estimates, you need to make sure permits are in order, and you need to make certain quality building materials are used and it could take several weeks to get them. You need a contractor that can navigate through all of this. TH Remodeling will get the job done right. To get started, contact us today.