Q: Why should I remodel? And when is the right time?

A: Remodeling your home can offer many benefits, both to your lifestyle and to the equity of your home.  Remodeling can not only increase the value of your home, but can also improve functionality, support general upkeep, increase energy-efficiency, and modernize your space.  Remodeling is an investment that helps to ensure the value of your home in the long-term.  Whether it is remodeling your kitchen  finishing your basement or adding on square footage, the best time to remodel is really dependent on your vision and your budget.  Consider remodeling when you want to increase the resale value of your home, add more space or simply enhance outdated rooms, structures and fixtures.

Q: Why should I choose a general contractor for my next project?

A: A general contractor is a licensed professional who is responsible for the day-to-day management of your remodeling project.  The general contractor manages all aspects of your remodeling project., including securing building permits, scheduling inspections, ordering building materials and overseeing all vendors and trades involved throughout.  It is important to choose a general contractor to ensure that your project meets all state and local building code regulations throughout every phase of the project. 

Q: What types of remodeling projects require permits?

A: Typically, a building permit is required whenever structural work involved, the placement or size of the lot (i.e. square footage) is being altered, or if the building plans may impact any of the mechanical systems specific to the home, such as the gas, electrical or plumbing elements.  When kicking off a new project, ensure that your general contractor obtains all building permits, as the "person who pulls the permit" is liable for ensuring all work completed satisfies state and local building codes.  Pulling permits can sometimes take 1-2 weeks depending on your municipality, so bear this in mind when planning your next project.

Q: What will my project cost and what payment options are available?

A:  The cost of the project will vary depending on several factors, such as the type of project (interior vs. exterior), materials selected, the age of your home, etc.  One of the most important considerations for your home improvement project is the cost.  For smaller renovation projects, you may have the budget to pay out of pocket, however it is important to keep in mind that for larger projects, there are several options you can explore.  These options include a home improvement loan, a home equity line of credit, a home equity loan or cash-out refinancing of your current mortgage.