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By: Kevin Ahern on November 8th, 2016

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Frequently Asked Residential Remodeling Questions


When you start a home remodel, asking the right questions and getting the right answers is crucial. Having good information at the outset will allow you to pick the right contractor, take on the right project, and budget properly. Ultimately, the more you know when you begin your residential remodeling project, the better. That's why we provide as much information about home renovations as we can.

We encourage all our customers to ask smart questions before beginning their home construction project. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from customers when they start their home renovations. To dive deeper into planning your home renovation project, be sure to use our home remodel checklist

With all the craziness that comes with a home remodel, it’s easy to overlook important steps you need to take.

Frequently Asked Residential Remodeling Questions

How long have you been in business?

Litchfield Builders has been in business for over 20 years, delivering high-quality construction and remodeling services to residents and commercial businesses of the New Haven area. The last two decades in the construction business have taught us a lot about providing good customer service and quality craftsmanship. To find out more about our reputation in the community, take a look at our customer testimonials and record of business awards.

How do I start the remodeling process?

Start by establishing your goals for your remodel. Before you can talk to a contractor, you must first answer questions like, "What do I want from my remodel? What should my priorities be?" Once you've answered these questions for yourself, you can contact a number of contractors to discuss your specific plans and needs for your space.

Interview several different contractors before making your decision. Once you've chosen a contractor and know an approximate cost, you can proceed to secure financing. For more information on this topic, view our home remodel checklist for a more thorough list of questions you should answer before your next remodeling project.

How do you communicate with your customers? How often and by what method?

For a good sized project, Litchfield Builders positions a working foreman on the site and a dedicated manager off site. This helps keep the project on track. The working foreman will serve as the primary means of communication with the customer while working on the site. The working foreman is at the home throughout the renovation process.

Are you licensed?

Yes, we are licensed. You can find our license numbers below:

  • #HIC.0558048
  • #MCO.0901419
  • #NHC.0000077
  • Demo Lic. #1261

Will you take care of all the necessary permits and inspections?

Most remodeling projects require permits. Seeking out these permits at the beginning of the process can save you time and may prevent your project from stalling. This is especially true if the project that you are about to begin will extend your home beyond its original foundation.

You can find out more information by talking to a zoning or building official in your area. If you haven't chosen a contractor, these officials can also give good references for contractors in your area.

Is there a difference between an estimate and a proposal?

An estimate is an amount that a contractor estimates a job will cost. Estimates typically include a guess for unknown costs. A proposal is a document written up during the competitive process to win a job. Proposals include amounts bid from subcontractors, the cost of materials, and others.

Are you insured? Can you show me your proof of insurance?

Yes, Litchfield Builders is insured, and we can produce our insurance information for any consumer who wishes to review the documentation. Please ask to see this information during the meeting with our contractor.

What is a design-build contractor and what are the advantages versus using an architect?

Architects produce building plans which are then given to contractors for execution. By contrast, design/build contractors make designs in-house, then execute the plans accordingly. The big difference between these two options is that design-build firms provide streamlined service between the design and construction process.

Where can I see pictures of your past works?

We have several of our most successful residential and commercial projects in our portfolio.

What kind of service should I expect before, during and after my project?

Before your project begins, we'll ensure that your belongings are safely out of the way. We'll take the utmost care of your property during the completion of your project, and maintain good communication with you throughout the renovation. Once the project is over, we'll stay until everything has been cleaned up. 

How can I make sure my remodeling project is finished on time and on budget?

Maintaining good communication with the contractor throughout the project is critical. Your contractor will keep you apprised of the timeline throughout, but it's also important to tell your contractor about your budget at the outset. Being honest and upfront about your needs, time constraints and budget constraints will help keep your project on task.

When it comes to controlling the price of your renovation, it's also helpful to understand the kind of factors that influence the cost of your renovation. Location, materials cost and timing all can affect the price of your remodel. If you're concerned about controlling these costs, discuss this with your contractor at the beginning of your project. Your contractor can make suggestions that will help you lower costs and work within your budget.

What documents will I need to start the project?

Regardless of the nature or size of the work, good documentation is paramount to the success of any project. Whether it be a clear, written proposal or a full set of construction drawings, these documents are the road map in the building process and will provide good documentation and detailing for the work to be completed. These documents will be combined with your contract, which will be signed before construction begins. In addition, any building permits and information from zoning officers should be provided to your contractor up front.

At Litchfield Builders, we want you to have the best home remodel experience possible. Knowing what to expect will help the process go smoothly from start to finish. If you have questions, we encourage you to call us at any time during the construction or renovation process. We'll be happy to provide you with answers. For more information, or to get started on a home remodel, contact us today.

If you’re still deciding what type of remodeling you may need, download out our latest checklist to help you through the most important planning stages of your potential project.

3 Phases to Planning a Home Remodel