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The Home Remodel Timeline

By Cameron Capps

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

We are a family owned remodeling company. We mainly focus on full scale kitchen/bath remodels, additions, and new construction. My brother and I have been operating Capmire Projects for over 7 yrs now. We feel that we offer great customer service and communication compared to other remodeling companies; mainly due to the fact my brother and I were both in the service industry for many years prior. Even with the demand for remodels growing greater and greater in Houston, we still will not take on more work then we can handle. We would never comprise our service and quality.

Please list the main steps of a remodel:

Get a Designer or Architect if needed (or both)

  • Find a high rated Contractor that works in your area
  • Make Material Selections
  • Pull Permits
  • Establish Timelines
  • Keep a Running Punch List

Please briefly explain what occurs at each step and the estimated length of each step.

First thing would be to grasp the design and full scope of what you are wanting. To help with that find a good architect and/or designer. You can do this by looking on Angie's List and other internet based sites

The next step would be to locate the right contractor to fit your needs. This also would be done by looking on the internet. Once you have found some, have them come to your home for an interview. It is always good to get several references. Also get at least 3 bids to compare.

Next would be to make all your selection on the different types of finishes you are wanting. This is good to do early on in case any items are back ordered. It also helps to have everything selected as early as possible, to keep the project running smoothly. Your contractor should be able to provide a list of suppliers for you to visit, and possibly get discounted prices through them.

The next step would be to pull all the proper permits. Any area within the city limits usually requires permitting. Your contractor should be able to do this for you. Make sure you have all the proper requirements to have the permit pulled. You can do this by contacting the cities permitting office.

Next would be to establish a timeline with your contractor and draw payments that coordinate with the timeline. Once the scope of the project has been established, your contractor should be able to supply you this.

Lastly, during the project, I feel it's good to keep a list of punch items that you can present to your project manager. This way you are not bombarded with tons of punch items at the end. Walk the job several times a week and make sure that everything is going the way you envisioned. If items need to be addressed, provide a list to your contractor. Better to get things done early, so don't have a huge list at the end of your project.

How do you suggest clients prepare for a this process?

The best way to prepare for an upcoming remodel would be to make sure you have a clear vision of your project in mind. Look at magazines. Look at pictures online. Drive around and look at other homes. Visit open houses, etc? The clearer your vision is, the happier you will be with the end results. The more likely your contractor will understand your vision better, and also this will help to ensure a smoother project overall.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Our website is the best way to reach us for an appointment. www.capmire.com or via email at info@capmire.com

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