Homeowners frequently ask us about what they should expect and how they should prepare for their first meeting to discuss their home remodeling projects. They often have ideas they want to communicate to us, or a problem they want us to help them solve.Read More
McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog
If you are considering a home remodeling project and have been researching remodeling magazines or websites, you may have come across the term “design-build remodeling” or “design-build remodeler.” While the meaning may seem obvious, it is helpful to know what you can expect from a design-build firm, such as McClurg, before you hire a contractor for your remodeling project.
In Central New York our homes are vulnerable to damage by weather and there are times some of us will experience damage due to flooding, fire or other circumstances. We all carry homeowners insurance to cover the cost of damage due to unpredictable events. So, why is it difficult to file and get paid for a claim?
When you consider home improvement projects, how often have you said to yourself, “I’ll have to wait until spring to do it”. Central New York winters can be long and harsh but some homeowners have found that winter is an ideal time to undertake a home remodeling or home repair project, or to begin the planning process.
Each year we do hundreds of remodeling and home repair jobs both large and small. Frequently, our customers ask us what we do with construction waste materials and potentially reusable items removed during demolition. This question is asked so often that we felt it would be a good topic to share in our blog.
I am dismayed when I hear about a homeowner who has been scammed by a person who calls himself a handyman or home repair contractor. Scam artists seem to “pop up” when the weather gets warm, sometimes going door-to-door asking for work or will even stuff a flyer into a mailbox offering to do a variety of home repair services. There are also people who work as “independents” and offer a very low price to do a job. Sadly, they may not have the experience, skills or tools to do the job right. Shoddy work puts a homeowner in the position of having to pay twice for the job, once for the initial work and again to have the work done right.
When we meet with homeowners to discuss a remodeling project they’re planning, one of the first questions they ask is “How long will it take"? Generally they’re asking about the construction phase. However, we also advise them that it takes time to plan a project and order materials.
We are very excited to introduce you to one of our long-time customers, Mary Karpinski, who is starting a full kitchen remodeling project at her Manlius home. She will be sharing all of her experiences - from initial plans and design to the final walk-through - on our Facebook page and Blog. Mary, who also helps us with our marketing programs, will show you things you will never see on HGTV and introduce you to some of our team members who are working on her project. As her project progresses over the next several weeks, she will be posting photos and comments on our Facebook page, writing a guest blog or two on our Website and responding to your questions.
Over the years, we have strived to provide the best service possible to our customers. We understand that a home is a personal refuge and that a remodeling project can be very disruptive to a homeowner’s daily activities. At the end of each day our carpenters cleanup the worksite to minimize dust and debris.
We are also concerned about the environment and adhere to high standards in handling and disposing of construction waste materials. Construction waste includes bricks; concrete; wood including painted, treated and coated wood and wood products; drywall; plaster; plumbing fixtures; insulation; roofing shingles; glass; plastics; buckets of ten gallons or more; wiring and piping. We include the cost of demolition and disposal of construction waste in your project estimate.
Unfortunately, in this business there are some contractors out there who do not dispose of construction waste properly and resort to illegal dumping, burying debris onsite or burning debris. While this allows them to reduce their costs, it is at the expense of everyone else. Rising costs of trash disposal, laziness or ignorance of the environmental impact are the primary reasons offenders create eyesores in rural and woodland areas by dumping construction debris. Taxpayers often pay for the cleanup especially if the dumping occurs on public lands. Investigators will search through the debris for clues about the violators but too often are unable to locate the source.
Penalties for illegal dumping.
We’re often asked how much should be budgeted for remodeling a kitchen? The answer, in our view, depends on what you plan to do with your home and over what time period. Some remodeling “experts” suggest your budget should not exceed a certain percent (e.g., 15 percent) of the current value of your home. While that may be a helpful guideline for someone planning to sell their home in the near future, it doesn’t apply to all situations.