Time Frame

  • A professional contractor will provide you will communication throughout the process on details such as potential start dates, length of project, and prior to start of project your actual start date. It is ideal to get your email for this type of correspondence.
  • It is very important to realize that scheduling is not, and can not, be an exact science. There are many factors which affect start time and project length such as weather, unforeseen material manufacturer delays,  unexpected additions to work to your project or those scheduled before you, and so on.
  • A professional however should have a good idea on a realistic window of time for start and completion. Beware of contractors who promise too much or too little.
  • Should you need a very specific time frame, it is highly advised you make sure you review feasibility in detail with contractor and create alternatives in case of unforeseen obstacles.

Unexpected Additions to Work

  • Due to inconsistencies in building practices and failing products most every project has list of items that may have to unexpectedly be added to complete the project to best practices.
  • A professional should give potential problems, and when possible, rough estimates of cost.
  • Be sure to set aside some extra funds from your budget in the case of unforeseen add-ons.


  • A construction project can be a very messy undertaking. It often involves a dozen or more staged products, numerous people, equipment, tools, etc.. With every project comes certain unavoidable risks, and many more avoidable risks, that must be considered.
  • A professional contractor should clearly detail, in writing and on their contract, all items such as landscaping, cables, driveways, decks, patios, etc., that can be affected by your project.
  • Also clearly detailed should be what damage they do, and do not, take responsibility for.
  • The best contractors can create action plans for mitigating risks such as laying down plywood, placing tarps, transplanting landscaping, and so on. Keep in mind that these extra procedures will be offered al a carte at an additional cost and should never be a guarantee that no damage will occur, as this is not a wise or honest commitment a contractor should make.

Completed Project

  • A professionally completed remodeling project is among the absolute most beautiful things (in my opinion) to see! With that said however it is important to state that most projects are not entirely complete due to budget or timing concerns.
  • If you go to do a project consider how changing that product out will make other accessories and components look. An example of this is when you replace siding consider whether or not you need to paint or replace your trim, paint your meters or foundation, change out old window caulk, etc., as these items tend to stand out next to a brand new product.
  • A quality contractor will be able to provide suggestions of many items you may want to consider adding, if you’re looking for a total complete and finished look.
  • When considering repairs it is unrealistic to think you can replace a couple boards in the middle of a wall and then not be able to see which boards were replaced. We have done this many times for functional reasons, but if you’re looking for the most cosmetic repair solution you may want to consider a slightly more comprehensive approach.
  • In order to complete a project you have to have a work site, and work sites can be messy. Be aware that no matter how well a contractor cleans a project there will likely still be some left over clean-up. A quality contractor should have thorough clean-up procedure however which should include using a rolling magnet to get as many nails as possible out of your yard.
  • In the case of a winter project your contractor may need to come back for clean-up after the snow melts because debris and nails can fall in the snow and become virtually unreachable.
  • A professional will do a follow call after completion to make sure you are happy with all aspects of the project, and if you’re not, set up an action plan to take care of you.