THE REMODELING PROCESS

Remodeling Process

For first timers the remodeling process is new and could be a little confusing. Below are the steps you can expect to take in a typical remodeling project. We have outlined the process from the contractor - architect selection process - through the design phase - and on to completion. Professional Services, Remodeling & Renovation Experts insists on spending time with their clients educating them on "what to expect" on any given remodeling or renovation project.
 

The Steps

  1. Initial Meeting Contractor, Architect Selection

  2. Take Measurements, Investigate all Job Site Conditions

  3. Create Design - Draw up Scope of Work - Client Proposal 

  4. Pre-contract, Re- Check of Measurements, Client Contractor Discussion

  5. Prepare Contract - Client Signing of Contract - Deposit

  6. Verify & Order  Starting Materials

  7. Pre-construction Meeting Owner & Contractor

  8. Material Delivery to Job Site

  9. Start of Project, Payments in Stages

  10. Pre-completion Checklist Owner - Contractor Walk Through

  11. Final Completion - Final Payment


Detailed Process Outline


Initial Meeting & Discussion

Licensed & Insured Contractor and owner meet at the proposed job site. This is basically an introduction between client & contractor. The meeting will cover the scope of work which you are looking to complete in your home or apartment. This includes all types of work and trades which need to be involved in your particular renovation project. This also includes information from the client to the contractor on their available budget set aside to complete the desired remodeling project. If in range, we will set an appointment to come back for field measurements.


Job Site Measurements & Specifications

  • Talk about what the client wants and needs, type of materials and budget.

  • Take certain field measurements and dimensions.

  • Inform client as to when they will receive our proposal for their project.

  • Contractor requests that owner shop for certain materials they may want to include or purchase on their own to be used in their renovation project. This could be a Kitchen RenovationBathroom Renovation, or Whole House Remodel. Allot for these items in your budget.


Design - Proposal - Budget 

  • Examine new design and layout, including perspectives and floor plan.

  • Review proposal / renovation project amount for all work..

  • Upon acceptance of proposal, a small deposit will be obtained and will be credited towards the total cost of the contract.


Pre-contract Measurement (upon receipt of initial signed proposal)

  • Contractor to field check entire scope of work and notify all involved that the work is about to start. Make sure all personnel is in place and ready to go.

  • Contractor to verify necessary specifications and measurements.

  • Contractor and client to discuss entire project in general.


Contract

  • Contract and complete specifications to be written out including all materials to be used, all selections made, manufacturers, style and type.

  • Final contract issued with total amount and specific progress payment schedules.Signature and necessary deposit to be given in order to begin the work.


Order/Verify

Place all orders for all starting materials and any necessary special orders which may have a long lead time, and verify all material selections, styles, manufacturers etc. in contract.


Pre-construction Meeting - Approximately 3 Days prior to start of job

  • Discuss any special needs or concerns.

  • Discuss project in detail.

  • Discuss Time Frames and Expectations


Materials

Have all materials delivered to job-site or held in warehouse before job starts.


Start of Work, Payments in Stages

Construction progress payments as per outlined in written contract.


Pre-completion Checklist Filled Out and Signed

Final punch-list to be discussed by Homeowner and Contractor during walk through of the project. Complete any remaining items to clients satisfaction.


Completion

Final construction payment upon completion of project.


Note: There could be a few additional steps involved if you own a private home, brownstone, townhouse, etc. and are doing major work, or any work which requires filing. Prior to beginning any work which is deemed necessary to be filed for, you will need architectural plans drawn and stamped by a registered architect. These plans will be filed with the Department of Buildings. The architect should expedite the entire process for you including obtaining all work permits required. Architectural fees will range for these services depending on several factors.

If you own a Co-Op or Condo you will most likely  have to fill out an alteration agreement for your buildings management company. Each building varies, however in general you have to fill out the alteration agreement, leave money in escrow until the work is completed, and may have to pay a review fee amount for your building's management companies architect to review your scope of work which is submitted along with your alteration agreement. Some buildings also require you to file your apartment renovation project with the Department of Buildings as well. This depends on your particular building and the exact scope of work which you are planning on completing. You can call our office for more information on this topic if you need some advice.

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