The Truth About Remodeling

Remodeling is one of the most stressful journeys that one can undertake. Remodeling requires an investment of both time and financial resources. Nevertheless, each year, millions of people want and need to improve their homes. Often, selling their home and moving is just not time or cost effective. Remodeling IS the answer. However; you do not want to become a victim of a “remodeling nightmare.” You’ve heard time and again from friends and relatives, “Expect a nightmare. It will cost twice as much and take three times as long.” With DAD’s as your partner, it won’t be that way!


DAD’s fills the void experienced by Orange County homeowners who can’t find an honest, reliable remodeling expert.


After more than 35 years in the remodeling business, I’ve seen it all! Here are DAD’s secrets to a successful remodel:


 

Secret #1: Have a Plan

Would you go off on a long expensive vacation without first planning your trip and taking along a road map? Of course not! To do so would be a disaster. Your trip would be full of unwelcome surprises and expensive changes. Remodeling is the same way. I’ve always said “anything carefully planned, properly executed, will be a success.” DAD’s helps you figure out what you want BEFORE you start by putting it down on paper and in the drawings. Professional designing with attention to the details will ensure that your project is on time, on budget, and beautiful!


Secret #2: Don't Start Until You Have Everything

Picture this - your contractor demolishes the bathroom (maybe the only one you have in the home). Three weeks later you’re still trying to get him back. His answer to you (when you finally manage to get him on his cell phone) is that the bath tub was delivered damaged and the shower fixtures were wrong. He further informs you that the job is now delayed 4 to 6 weeks. Not a good scenario. Unfortunately, this is all too often a real scenario. Not at DAD’s! We order all the required products, get them in, open the boxes and make certain they are the right color, not broken and fit together properly before we schedule your job. No one is going to tear up your home until we have what we need to keep the job on time and running smoothly. We also use project scheduling software that will show you by day, by activity, by whom, what will be performed. There are no surprises. You know exactly what’s going on each and every day.


Secret #3: Hire a Professional. Not All Companies Are the Same or Equal

Remodeling is one of the largest investments you can make in your life and home. Remodeling also provides some of the highest returns on investment. For example, a properly constructed bathroom remodel can return over 132% of the invested value. A well designed and constructed kitchen can return more than 133%. In contrast, a poorly constructed and designed project can create damage that far exceeds the savings you thought you had enjoyed by hiring “the guy your friend used to paint his house.” Only an experienced contractor with decades of hands on experience is truly familiar with construction and what can and cannot be done. The best way to protect your assets and your personal belongings is to hire an experienced, licensed and insured contractor to build your project. Make sure there is a contract and professionally developed drawings that list and illustrate EXACTLY what you are getting. With DAD’s, you always get consistent, pain-free, high quality remodeling.

 

Secret #4: Hire Experience — Real Experience

The remodeling and construction industry is full of “Jacks of All Trades.” You wouldn’t hire a barber to perform brain surgery so why would you hire a plumber to remodel your bathroom or a company that builds patio covers to construct a new kitchen? Hiring someone who specializes in your type of project increases the experience level which leads to a much higher quality project, a more efficient and timely project and a higher level of product and design knowledge. When you hire DAD’s, you get over 35 years of proven hands-on experience – experience working on the job, not someone managing from behind a desk. DAD himself continues today physically performing demolition, framing, drywall, finish wood work, etc. His average team member has over 35 years as a craftsman in their trade. Don’t trust your home or hard earned dollars to anyone else!

 

Secret #5: Let Your Contractor Purchase the Materials

I know. I know. You can save a few bucks if you buy that tub yourself and cram it into the trunk of your car. The problem is that most homeowners don’t know what to buy, what fits with what or how much to buy. Making a mistake in product procurement takes a great deal of responsibility out of the hands of the contractor not to mention the inevitable blame game that can ensue if something goes wrong. Do you really have time to go back and forth from the plumbing supply house to return the wrong thing and get the right one . . . five times!

 

Secret #6: Don't Make Changes

Changes are the single largest cause of remodeling nightmares. You’ve done everything right so far. You’ve followed the previous five secrets but you just can’t help yourself and you make changes during construction.
Well . . . all bets are off. The schedule flies off track, your contractor can’t manage his or her time and new materials have to be bought. The key to not making changes is to LOVE your plan and be certain that your team knows exactly what you want. Yep. Back to secret #1: Have a Plan. But don’t just have one . . . LOVE IT! Don’t sign a contract until you know exactly what you are getting . . . makes, models, colors, etc. Ensure that the plans, specifications, and layout are exactly what you want and then let the DAD’s professionals go to work.

 

Secret #7: Expand Your Definition of Cost

Initial price gives only a peephole view of the true cost of a remodel over the lifetime of your home. A low price may mean a good deal, or it may signify a lack of quality or durability. Or it may mean that some design, materials, or building costs are not included in the price. A higher purchase price can mean a better deal in the long run: you can actually reduce the cost of living in your home by choosing quality resource-efficient fixtures (lowering monthly utility bills) and durable materials (requiring less frequent replacement).


So, there you have it: Seven Secrets to Successful Remodeling. I’m confident that if you follow these Seven Secrets, you’ll increase your chances of remodeling success one hundred fold. If you have any other questions, I’m here to help. You can call me at (949) 380-0177 or email me personally at dan@dadsconstruction.com.