Mike Harlow Remodeling, Harrisonburg

Finding The Right Remodel Contractor

Seeking A Reliable, Professional, Creative Remodel Contractor?

No two remodel contractors are the same. Putting a little time and energy up front into finding the right remodel contractor for your job pays off big in not only the final product, but your overall experience. A remodel contractor’s main purpose is to project manage your remodel on a timeline that coordinates subcontractors and delivers the remodel that meets or exceeds your expectations. So, how do you find the one for you?

Standards & Expectations For A Remodel Contractor:

  • Free Estimates: The contractors you interview should provide free estimates that include:
  • 2+ Meetings: Contractors should be amenable to more than one meeting before you sign. Don’t be pressured. In fact, think of pressure as a red flag.
  • References: Seek references and examples of recent work. A good contractor has this information ready for you and expects to provide it. Getting an idea of the type of work each contractor does helps to determine who will best meet your remodel needs.
  • Contract Parameters: The contract you sign should have a well-defined timeline of the job that establishes the start and completion dates. A clear timeline includes daily expectations for who will be in your space doing what and why.
  • Deposits: Deposits vary in the industry. Most established contractors expect around 5% down to begin, with payments scheduled throughout the project (for longer work) or due upon completion (for shorter jobs). Pay attention to what the contractor expects you to put down and be wary of anyone asking for 50% or the full amount up front.

Getting started with your remodel is an exciting time. Find the right remodel contractor to maximize the value of your investment.

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Mike Harlow Remodeling, Harrisonburg

DIY Contractor Checklist

Being A DIY Contractor Requires Attention To Detail And Time.

Serving as a contractor for your remodel has the appeal of saving you money. Be sure to consider that saving money isn’t always possible when you figure in the time, energy, and contingencies required to successfully complete your project. Take stock of this DIY Contractor Checklist in order to make an informed decision about whether a professional or DIY contractor is right for you.


Elements A Contractor Provides:

  •  Availability
    • Are you available to orient your sub contractors first thing every morning?
    • Will you be around to answer questions on the job throughout the day?
  • Project Management
    • Do you have relationships with sub contractors for each aspect of work?
    • Are you adept at creating a working timeline with estimates from each subcontractor to complete the work in the right order and in a timely manner?
    • Do you have the time to follow-up with late work or contingencies that set the timeline back?
  • Specialized Equipment
    • Are you familiar with where to rent the specialized equipment necessary for each part of your remodel?
    • Do you have the equipment such as a magnetic nail collector to make the workspace safe at the end of each day?
  • Securing Permits, Codes, and Inspections
    • Are you aware of which government authorities you need to secure permits from?
    • What codes must be met for each aspect of the remodel work?
    • Do you have the foresight and time to schedule and reschedule inspections to coincide with the phases of work completion?
  • Contingency Planning
    • What contingencies can you foresee needing to plan for in this particular remodel?

Is DIY Contracting A Good Fit?

If DIY Contracting is right for you, you can easily answer the questions in the checklist above. If you want a professional to handle the details and manage the project for you, finding the right remodel contractor is a useful process that you can apply with each remodeling effort to ensure you get a true value for your money and a remodel you are proud to have in your home.

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The Price is in the Details

What should I expect with remodel costs?

When you’re ready to remodel part or all of your home or business, the question of budget plays a central role as you make decisions. Many people want to know: What is this remodel going to cost? Here are a few key points to consider when seeking an answer to that question:

  1. No two remodels are the same, and thus shouldn’t be priced the same. Your contractor should not be able to give you a price per square foot without ever seeing your space or asking you for the specifications of the project. Let it be a red flag if this happens, as the contractor is giving you the price of what they plan to do and not what you want them to do.
  2. The price is in the details. Your finishes, appliances, and scope of the project all impact the price. A detailed discussion of the expectations for the finished product helps determine the price. The more details we have going into a quote, the tighter the number will be. The same job with different details can vastly change the price.
  3. Are you getting an estimate or a quote? This is a critical distinction. An estimate is a ballpark figure designed to give you an idea of what your remodel may cost. It may cost more or less than the estimate, but there is no guarantee that your final cost will be even close to that number. A quote, on the other hand, is a final cost. Barring any unforeseen disasters or issues, the quote you receive from your contractor should be very close to your final cost.

Take the time to get the right price up front and rest easy that your remodel is in good hands.

Harlow Remodeling takes the time up front to talk about the project, learning what you want in as much detail as possible and looking at the aesthetic of the home and finishes. Mike offers options based in his extensive expertise and creativity. His quotes include subcontractors’ work and are a number you can count on.