How to Hire a Remodeler
Are you in the planning phase of your next big home remodeling project? Are you dreaming about details, finishes, furniture, and decor?
How do you find the right person for the job? Do you rely on referrals from friends and family, or do you spend time doing research on local companies? A combination of both? It can be overwhelming to choose the right remodeler for you.
To help you take the guesswork out of finding a home remodeler you can trust with your project, follow these tips.
- Finding good contractors - The key to finding a good contractor is asking yourself what type of project needs to be done. If it's a small project like installing a new faucet, finding a specialized contractor or plumber would be best. For arge projects or ones that include structural changes, a general contractor can get the job done. For substantially large projects, you need a contractor and a designer who specialize in that type of work.
- Call around - There are plenty of horror stories about bad contractors. It’s important to do some research and make some calls. During those calls, be aware of the following: do they speak to you professionally and with respect? Are they excited about and interested in your project? If they answer your questions directly, they might be a good candidate.
- Ask the right questions - Have a pen and paper in front of you while you talk with the potential contractor. Make sure you find out if the contractor candidate is licensed, if they have insurance, if they’ve completed similar jobs to yours before, if they have a list of references you can contact, and if they’ll provide you with a detailed contract once you’ve both agreed to terms.
How to Develop a Home Remodel Timeline
Having a timeline is so important to ensuring your job gets done when you need it to, and it will help you stick to your budget. Of course, the schedule of your contractors and any issues encountered on the way could change your timeline, but home remodeling works best when sticking to this general timeline:
- Electrical and plumbing
- Framing and drywall
- Cabinets and fixtures
- Doors and surrounds
- Trim and finish work
Everyone’s remodeling timeline will be different. If planning is your forte, you might get through this step more efficiently than someone who needs to do a lot of research before getting started. If materials are backordered or custom, the cabinets and fixtures step could take longer. Go over your timeline with a licensed contractor and make sure your goals are reasonable.
Why Work with a Pro vs. DIY?
Not sure if you should try to tackle a project on your own? A lot of it has to do with your skill level. Taking on more than you can handle can be costly in the long run if you have problems down the line. Some projects that are best left to the professionals are plumbing and electrical, hardwood flooring, and any big structural changes.
Whether it's a kitchen, bath, basement, or addition, we’ve built our 30+ year reputation on exacting design and workmanship. Our designers, project managers, craftsmen, and trades partners take immense pride in their work and in providing smiles from start to finish!
Alpha Design + Build Can Help with Your Home Remodeling Project in Ann Arbor and the Surrounding Communities!
We’re part of your community and deeply invested in our good standing here! Over 65% of our business comes from repeat clients and referrals. We want you to love your new spaces and call us back time and again over the years. We’ll be happy to introduce you to our past clients and the spaces we’ve created for them. Just give us a call to arrange a visit.
All smiles from start to finish!
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Tim & Dianna, Ypsilanti, MI
I felt confident you would meet my needs at an affordable price.
Josh, Saline, MI
We came to love our team! Frank became part of the family. Every day the house was cleaned and organized. And Mary had great design ideas and listened to our passions to create the best spa experience.
Todd and Trisha, Commerce Twp., MI
I am very pleased with the work completed by Alpha Design+Build. Ken is the nicest person and treated me like family. They took on a difficult project and made it beautiful.
Luerenda, Ypsilanti, MI
Ron and Melissa are amazing and Cy became part of our family. Our home looks amazing because of Alpha!
Daryl & Amy, Ann Arbor, MI
The whole team was approachable and responsive to my emails and questions. I would recommend this company for any project, big or small.
Louise, Ann Arbor, MI
The deciding factor in choosing to work with Alpha was their confidence in the project and completion time line. They have done other renovations for us and it was a positive experience once again.
Debbie, Chelsea, MI
We felt very comfortable when we initially visited Alpha. We felt the staff was open, honest, and wouldn't mislead us.
Jeffrey & Kim, Ypsilanti, MI
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Hugh, Ann Arbor, MI
Cy was a fabulous construction manager. Always communicated with me about any issues, arrival time, etc... So polite and kind. Mary was also so great. She's so creative!
Karen & Dave, Ann Arbor, MI
We appreciate the quality of the work by everyone who came to our house. Dan Mattes was very patient and helpful and answered all of our questions. Our new bathrooms are great!
Steve and Melissa, Ann Arbor, MI
The entire Alpha team was so nice to work with. Every person we dealt with knew their craft and the final product is an example of that.
Jonathan and Amanda, Ann Arbor, MI
We liked the people. Good working relationship. Design fit our vision. Materials and workmanship were high quality. We would definitely use you again on a future project.
Brian and Joey, Ann Arbor, MI
Ken, Mary, and Phil made the renovation process for our bathroom-laundry room pretty painless. They kept us in the loop, cleaned up at the end of the day, and always demonstrated a high level of professionalism (early/on-time, respectful, reliable, etc.) which made them stand out compared to all the other contractors we contacted.
Adrianne and Chris, Ann Arbor, MI
The new bathroom is great. It was a very positive experience from beginning to end. The quality of the people working for
Alpha is a real credit to the company.
Chris and Pam, Ann Arbor, MI
When it comes to design, cost management and construction, the team at Alpha made me feel confident and reassured that my project would be completed on time and on budget.
Jeff and Mary, Ann Arbor, MI
I have nothing but good things to say about Alpha and what they did for us and our house. What Alpha says they will do, they do. Everyone I talked to had a horror story about contractors. Alpha is the anti-horror story. Alpha is that rarest of commodities – a genuinely reliable contractor.
Tony and Lisa, Ann Arbor, MI
I would highly recommend Alpha to others. The company workers are courteous, show respect and concern for the customer and demonstrate careful and fine workmanship.
Sara, Ann Arbor, MI
In our initial meeting, Alpha was very informative giving us a step-by-step on how and when things happen through the remodel process. Alpha took what seemed to us an overwhelming job and made it a very clear, step-by-step process ending in a great new kitchen!
George and Barb, Pinckney, MI
I absolutely love my house now. It looks brand new, and I have received many compliments from my neighbors (some of whom I have never spoken to before).
Kathy, Saline, MI
To the Alpha team who helped our kitchen be such a wonderful place for us to hang out, cook, and simply enjoy. If we had it to do over again, we wouldn’t change a single thing. We were most impressed with the professionalism you people displayed while working with us. Thank you.
Fred and Barbara, Ann Arbor, MI
We had Alpha build a two-story addition on our 1927 Dutch Colonial house. The design team at Alpha did such a good job of matching the style of the house that people who see it now believe it was all part of the original house.