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Top 10 Questions to ask a Remodeling Contractor – Pt.1

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If you’re going to remodel your home in the future we’re creating a five-part video series that will help you make a contractor decision.
Today, #1 and #2 of the top questions you should ask a home remodeling contractor to help you make your way through the selection process.

Transcription:

Hi everybody, Bob Gallese with One Man and a Hammer, and
Onemanandahammer.com. Thanks for joining me today. For the next five
weeks, we’re going to be answering the top 10 questions you should be
asking a home remodeling contractor. Number one, who will be in charge of
the job once it starts? You want to meet all the players, you want to know
who’s coming in and out of your home. Is there is field supervisor or a
job foreman, for instance, that will be there every single day? You also
want to ask about a pre-construction meeting, which ties into this number
one.
A pre-construction meeting, all the players should be there, so you get to
meet all the guys who are going to be there. Whether it’s employed
tradesmen, or it’s subcontractors, the job supervisor or job foreman,
whoever that is, make sure you understand who’s going to be coming in and
out of your home, and who’s in charge of all those people coming in and out
of your home.
Number two, can I get that in writing? It’s amazing to me that in this day
and age, with all the technology that we’re all surrounded with; I know
that some of us hate ‘em, some of us don’t. Bottom line is, it’s there.
Having things put in writing is so important in this industry, almost more
than any other industry in the world. Why? Because in many many contracts
or proposals, all you will see is we’re going to replace your faucet, we’re
going to replace your toilet, we’re going to replace your tile, we’re going
to replace your flooring.
It doesn’t really say an allowance for that flooring or faucet, or it
doesn’t say the brand, if you’ve already picked on out. Make sure it’s in
writing. One of the best ways to do that, that I have found, this is a
system that One Man and a Hammer uses, it’s called Coconstruct.
CoConstruct is a web-based portal that captures all this information. It
captures all correspondence via email or right through CoConstruct. It
captures all selections, it captures all expenses. If there’s change
orders the basic contract or the base contract, and then change orders, or
other things that you may have added as the job has continued. So, get it
in writing.
Get it spelled out. Make sure there’s some way that it’s all going to be
tracked, such as a program called CoConstruct, which you can easily see at
CoConstruct.com, if you’d like to view it and see how it works. So that’s
number one and two, and for the next week we’re going to into number three
and four, and I think you’re going to enjoy it. We’ll see you then
everybody.

A Blueprint for your Remodeling Project

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Thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, family room? Make sure estimates from contractors include materials that will be used; from cabinets to fixtures, from windows to doors, everything should be listed. If not, your project could in jeopardy before it even begins. In this week’s VLOG, Bob explains why.

Communication Between You and Your Contractor

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One of the most important things to consider when you hire a contractor is communications. How are you going to communicate with him/her during the entire process? In this week’s VLOG Bob will tell you One Man and a Hammer stays connected with their clients and he’ll tell you why.

How to Find the Right Home Remodeling Contractor in Lake County

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Have you ever talked with a ‘contractor’ and they’ve said “I’ll cut you a deal if you pay in cash.” Or “You’ll have to pull all of the permits yourself.” Red flags for sure….In this week’s VLOG Bob answers the question “How do you as a homeowner find the right contractor in Northeast Ohio?”

Comparing Bathtubs and Shower Basins

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If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom you’ll need to think about the bathtub or shower basin. Tubs and showers are not all made from the same materials. There’s steel, there’s acrylic, fiberglass and cast iron. In this week’s VLOG Bob talks about what’s good and what’s not so good as he compares bathubs.

How Much Will Cabinetry Cost For Your Remodel?

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When it comes to budgeting for your kitchen or bathroom modeling project the cost of cabinets will be between 18-25% of your total budget. All cabinetry is not created equal no matter what the cost and in this VLOG Bob speaks to the quality of cabinetry and what you should be aware of.

Transcription:

Terrifying, scary, frightening and overwhelming, I’m not describing a
Halloween movie, I’m describing selecting kitchen cabinets or bathroom
cabinetry for your new kitchen or bathroom. Hi everybody, Bob Gallese with
One Man and a Hammer and onemanandahammer.com. You know as a professional
kitchen and bath contractor and a dealer for many, many lines of cabinetry
such as Medallion, Shiloh, Ultra craft, Birch and Legacy to name a few. I
understand the world of cabinetry pretty well.

I know it’s overwhelming and the cost varies widely throughout the
different brands for different reasons. Some manufacturers have certain
sizes of special cabinets, other manufacturers have specific accessories.
Some manufacturers build a drawer one way. Some manufacturers have
different colors. There’s many, many things to consider when you’re
looking at cabinetry.

This is why we guide our clients including those that are do it yourself-
ers or other contractors, possibly home investors that come to us and
purchase their cabinetry to make sure that we’re giving them the cabinet
that makes sense for the home. When you go out and look at cabinets all
oak or maple cabinets look the same sitting on a shelf, but they’re not all
necessarily made the same and you cannot typically get them modified. In
other words if you want a cabinet that was a quarter inch wider, an inch
wider, than some other one’s instead of just putting a filler there are
some manufacturers who will make that cabinet that half an inch or one inch
wider.

Most manufacturers won’t do that, but in your search, and if you have a
drawing done professionally, like One Man and a Hammer does for their
clients, we’ll know exactly what you need to put in that kitchen or
bathroom so you’re not placing fillers in there, or you’re placing very few
fillers or as few as possible. About 18-25% of the kitchen remodel project
is the cabinetry. So when you’re spending that kind of money on a kitchen
remodeling project you don’t want to make a wrong decision of course.

The variants of cost can be confusing so be sure you speak with a
professional. I don’t want to say a professional cabinet person but a
professional kitchen designer or a professional kitchen remodeler because
they do understand the cabinetry and they’ve done it many, many times. We
know what’s good and what’s not so good. As a lay person most clients,
most homeowners don’t know what to look for. Typically they walk into a
big box store, look at what’s up on the shelf and they say “Okay that color
looks good and that color looks good.” Meanwhile you haven’t checked the
drawer construction; you haven’t really checked the size. Is it just a
cheap vinyl veneer or is it a wood side?

The vinyl veneer will peel off in time. I have that problem. I bought my
cabinets twenty two years ago when I bought my home. Unfortunately I
didn’t think about the vinyl ends at that time, but you live and you learn.
So here we are twenty two years later and what I’m trying to convey to my
listeners is that when you’re buying cabinetry you don’t want to buy that
cabinetry again in two or three years, maybe five years. Cabinets should
be there as long as you need them to be or until you tear them out. Well
keep that in mind as you’re looking around, as you’re getting ready to do
the remodeling project.

Come and see a professional, come to One Man and a Hammer or any other
kitchen professional. Not necessarily the big box stores out there. I
don’t know how many professionals they have on staff when it comes to
kitchens, and they only have certain kitchens or cabinetry that they can
offer to their walk in customers. So thank you for listening. Remember to
join us every Saturday morning for the Home Tool Box at 8 am eastern on WINT 1330AM Integrity Radio.

Encore Garage – Garage Enhancement Specialists

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This was a fun VLOG to make. People are better utilizing their garage space by improving the look of the garage and in this week’s VLOG Bob talks with Mike Padden of Encore Garage of Akron, Ohio.

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