NARI Atlanta will host it's 7th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes on October 22nd 2016. The tour this year will present five (5) beautiful renovations ranging from whole house, major kitchens, to an elaborate home office. The tour is a self guided tour and homes can be toured between 10am and 4pm.
Homes on this year's tour will be located in East Cobb, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Vinings. We are pleased to support Cure Childhood Cancer again this year with 50% of all ticket sale proceeds being donated to the charity. Last year's tour had over 200 attendees and provided Atlanta homeowners to connect with some of Atlanta's finest remodeling professionals and product vendors. If you are considering a renovation in the coming year, the Tour of Remodeled Homes is a great place to gather ideas, see new design trends, and get acquainted with the latest products and finishes.
We hope you will take the time to join us on October 22nd, 2016 to tour these five beautifully appointed homes. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for a number of great giveaways this year along with securing some great information from a number of our sponsors. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaremodelingtour.com
This years premier sponsors are Atlanta Gas Light - Platinum Sponsor, AVI Marvin - Gold Sponsor, Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath - Silver Sponsor and PMC Building Materials - Silver Sponsor.
Our key Tour sponsors for this year's tour are - CSI Kitchen & Bath - Program Guide Sponsor and Bin There Dump That - Goody Bag Sponsor. We are proud to recognize Atlanta Magazine & Home as this year's Tour Media Partner.
We look forward to seeing you on the tour. Have questions? Contact us at 770-559-9440 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
A timely way for a contractor to get a proposal or contract back to a potential client is pricing many of the materials or finishes as Allowances. When a contractor and homeowner are busy and can't spend a lot of time working together on the details for the project using allowances helps them reach the start date quicker. Unfortunately if the client hasn’t been guided and informed on the importance of making selections on light fixtures,door hardware, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, tile or other materials and finishes the project price reflected using allowances may lead to some surprises during production. Based on allowance pricing, the customer may deem one contractor a better deal over another depending on what each contractor allocated in his proposal or contract for the above finishes. It is important to understand that a contract with allowances may fluctuate or creep up in cost based on material or finish decisions made after the contract is signed.
If your contractor isn't effectively communicating this to you before the project begins it may contribute to one of the big “disconnects” that many homeowners hear about being overcharged or their project price ballooning. Here is an example: If the contractor pricing your new master suite addition establishes an allowance of $100 for the new toilet being installed in your bathroom renovation, which is reflected in your contract as "install new white toilet & toilet seat" and it is ordered and installed only to have you arrive home one evening to find that the toilet installed is not what you expected, now your project is delayed and you don't understand how this happened. You now need to select and order the toilet you want, which may cost much more than what was purchased and you now owe for the overage. The installation process also has to re-occur which will add to the cost overrun. The $100 dollar allowance now became a $300 - $400 selection during production which
If this scenario occurs across the wide spectrum of product and material allowances in the project you can see how this can really drive the project cost skyward. Homeowners usually aren't too pleased when they are presented with a Change Order for the many overages that can total thousands of dollars which they may or may not be able to afford. This makes for an unsatisfying remodeling experience.
A way to minimize this is event is to ensure that selections are made for cabinets, flooring, counter tops, plumbing fixtures, appliances, stone, lighting, before the start of the project. The prices of your selected items can be reflected into the contract for the project providing you a truer price for your project. Selections can now be ordered in a timely manner reducing project delays, installation challenges, and most of all reducing cost overruns. Starting a project with selections vs allowances will reduce stress, minimize cost overruns and keep the project on schedule. This approach may produce a higher project cost upfront but you can now begin to work closely with your contractor to value engineer some of the details and selections in the project to get the cost to something that fits closer to your budget.
Make sure you understand your contractor's process for designing and pricing your project. You have worked hard for your money and you want to ensure that you receive the quality products and finishes that meet your needs and fit your home. Using allowances can be helpful if they are managed correctly upfront. Engaging your contractor early on to determine the budget ranges you wish to utilize for products and materials to be selected can help you get a feel for the project cost before you start if you don't have time to make selections before an established start date. At least here you understand upfront that you will incur change orders for any overages or receive a credit based on the product selections you make against the allowances you agreed upon.
Working with a NARI Atlanta design build professional will help you understand the allowances vs selections pricing models and guide you in what works best to suit your particular needs. NARI Atlanta professionals work hard to ensure that their clients have the best possible remodeling experience.
How do you know which contractor is right for your project? Will he or she be able to complete your project on time and on budget? How long will it take and will your family be safe? Will the contractor keep my home clean and protect my belongings? These are just some of the questions that run through the minds of many homeowners when preparing to hire a contractor to repair or remodel their home. So, how do you know which contractor is right for you? Like anything else, in order to make a knowledge based decision you need to gather data that helps you with the decision making process. Learning to interview your contractor will help you decide which contractor is right for you. Understand that not all contractors are a good fit for you and you are not a good fit for just any contractor. To determine who the best fit will be for your project consider integrating the following questions into your meeting when interviewing contractors.
1. Are you licensed and is your company fully insured?
If the contractor balks or tries to dodge this question, mark him or her off your list.
A contractor is required to possess a Georgia contractor’s license if the company is performing multiple disciplines and and business license for his or her place of business. A contractor who fails to hold insurance puts your family and home at risk. Make sure that in the event of an accident or damage to your home that your home owners policy won’t be the one on the hook for the costs.
2. How long have you been in business?
If the contractor you are meeting with hasn’t been in business at least 5 years you will have to be more diligent. Company’s who have been in business a minimum of 5 years have established themselves in their community and have a number of clients in their
database you can reach out to for info regarding performance, quality and service.
3. Do you possess any certifications or belong to any professional associations?
A contractor who is invested in his business understands the value of networking, continueing education, and acquiring certifications. The contractor who won’t invest in his or her business conveys that he or she isn’t committed in providing you the best possible experience.
4. How many projects similar to mine in scope have you performed over the last two years?
Experience is everything and key to a successful renovation. It is important that the contractor you are considering for the project has performed multiple projects similar to yours. Don’t let the contractor cut his or her teeth on your project.
5. How do you charge?
Getting a fixed price for your project means there are no surprises. A contractor who charges on a time and material basis may overlook or under estimate certain areas of the project which can lead to you incurring more cost than you were anticipating.
6. Can we speak to your past clients?
A contractor who has a list of happy clients is glad to have you speak or meet with them. Look out for the the contractor who lacks references or doesn’t provide you with numbers and addresses to reach the past clients on his or her list.
7. Can we please visit a couple of your projects?
Physically visiting a past project or two is a great way for you to understand the level of quality the contractor delivers. Don’t just speak to a past client, schedule to meet with them and visit their home to review ongoing or completed work. Beware of the contractor who won’t let you visit a project.
8. What type of payment schedule do you use?
Make sure the contractor can produce the project on billings based on percentage of work completed. Secure a copy of a draw schedule for a project of your size and type and never issue a large deposit or payment up front. A contractor who can’t fund your renovation while work progresses can lead to an abandoned project or liens.
9. Who will be managing our project?
Determine if the contractor has someone who will manage subcontractors, coordinate delivery of materials, perform quality assurance inspections and manage your stress for the duration of the project. Make sure you have a manager on site and not just a technician.
10. How do you handle call backs?
Many contractors fail to offer their clients a well written warranty program. Make sure you know what is covered and not covered under your warranty and what steps you need to take to address a defective item or workmanship. Don’t consider hiring the contractor who can’t provide a a copy of the company’s warranty program and process.
These 10 simple questions can help you separate the wheat from the chaff when interviewing contractors. Don’t just pick the contractor with the cheapest price, make sure you select the contractor who will be the best fit and provide the best value. Don’t blindly rely on online reviews, the reviewer home, quality standards, expectations, and budget may be dramatically different from yours. What works for your neighbor may not necessarily work for you.
NARI Atlanta professionals adhere to a Code of Ethics and have access to education, programs, and trade events that continually hone their business skills. Choose a NARI professional for your next project.