- Define the project and its scope. Think about the project from start to finish to clarify the scope of work. For example, saying you want to do a master bathroom remodel doesn’t provide us with the details we’ll need to provide an estimate. Do you want us to demo the room down to the studs or leave certain things as-is? Will the layout remain the same? If not, how will it be changing? How do you want the room finished (think tile, flooring, paint, wainscoting, lighting)? There may be things you’d like our input on before making a decision and we’re happy to share our expertise, so don’t worry if you don’t have everything worked out at this stage in the process.
Provide drawings. Depending on the type of project you are doing, this may or may not be necessary at this stage, but if you have them, that’s very helpful. For a large project such as an addition, or a comprehensive whole house remodel, architectural plans are really a must if you are looking for an estimate. For smaller projects, floor plans that show layout changes are helpful, and for kitchens, a rendering showing cabinetry placement is certainly a plus.
Specifications. A picture says a thousand words couldn’t be more true. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest are full of great ideas to illustrate the different elements, materials and “feel” of the space. A materials list is also helpful. If you don’t have all your ideas solidified, or materials picked out yet, no problem. Just know that the farther you are in the decision making process, the more thorough we can be in providing an estimate.
- Know your budget. You wouldn’t ask a realtor to help you find a house without telling them what your budget is, so don’t expect your contractor to give you the house (or at least room) of your dreams without knowing your budget. The figure you give us should not include the things that you’ll be purchasing yourself. We encourage clients to purchase certain items themselves for us to install. This includes cabinets, appliances, tile, plumbing & lighting fixtures other than recessed lighting. This way you can get exactly what you want and aren’t limited to a certain brand or supplier.
Timeline. If you have any strict deadlines to start or complete the project, please make us aware of these upfront. That way we can properly advise you of deadlines (such as ordering cabinetry or other materials with a longer lead time) to stay on track.
We look forward to meeting you!