Whenever I go to meet a customer who has called about remodeling a basement, I always listen carefully
to get a feel for the customer’s vision of the finished basement. Next, I take time to evaluate the existing conditions, looking for items that
may affect the cost or feasibility of the project. With very few exceptions, most obstacles can be overcome, but at a cost. My goal during the
initial visit is to identify any problem spots, assess their impact on the project, and find out whether my initial cost figures match the customer’s
budget. Here’s what I look for on the first site visit.
My first concern is, can I make this basement dry? I carefully assess the level of moisture and figure
out the strategies I’ll use to mitigate it. Look for mildew or water stains at the base of partitions, dampness or mildew turning a basement
into pleasant, useful living space is always a challenge. If the signs of moisture are severe enough, I’ll explain to my customer the potential
costs and uncertainties of attempting to eliminate the problem.
I’ve dealt with many wet basements, and my experience has been that roof runoff is
responsible for most moisture problems. Clogged gutters, disconnected downspouts and leaders, and improper grading all contribute to the
roof runoff being directed to the basement area. Two inches of rain falling on a 2,000-square-foot house can produce more than 2,600 gallons
of runoff water. We repair any damaged or missing portions of the guttering system so that it’s easy to monitor and maintain.
Malfunctioning or nonexistent footing drains can also cause basement leaks. Whatever the cause, a chronic
water problem has to be fixed before proceeding with a basement remodel. You may have to wait a few months or seasons to make sure you’ve really
solved the moisture problem. If there is reason to believe that the surrounding seasonal water table is higher than the proposed finished basement
floor, you may want to abandon the project.
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|Install Interior Door
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|Install Light Switch
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MYTHS OF REMODELING
If you hear something for long enough, you start to believe it. But in my experience, some widely accepted beliefs are based more on fiction than fact. At the risk of trampling on a few sacred cows, I’ve collected ten popular myths about sales and selling that just haven’t held true for my business. In each case, I’ve taken the road less traveled, and it hasn’t hurt me one bit....READ MORE..
What is the timeline for the project?
Is one of my favorite question.I can tell you precisely, when I look the the build schedule. With all the multiple things I have going on, I can tell you when you should expect completion. These are all my project management skills coming through. So again, when will the project be complete? That’s dependent on how full the build schedule is at that moment.
What is the total budget for construction?
Okay, maybe I like the question even more then the previous. This is were your Scope Cost Analysis (SCA) comes in, and we give you a detailed breakdown cost of your project. Something in the range of 20+ pages of scope details. You see the entire project cost flow into “How did we get here” question.
People often don’t know what they want, have trouble putting what they want into words, or simply want everything they see (after all, everyone was once 3 years old in an ice cream shop.(To make matters worse, different people want different things) Identifying project objectives and getting everyone to agree on them is HARD work. Regrettably,if you try and skip this step, you the stakeholder will be quick to tell you if they get something they don’t want.
Estimating is part science, part sorcery, so it takes time to master. I’m trying to forecast the future as accurately as possible. To make my estimates more precise I can choose an appropriate estimating method, obtain estimates from experienced professionals, ask for a range instead of a single number, and avoid the estimate padding game. To improve future estimates I tell project bidders how their estimate compared to the actual project numbers.
How a Remodeling Project is Initiated?
Okay, I like all three questions, but who’s counting?
(i) First step, I need to get an idea about the scope of your project.
(ii) I give you a VERY ball park estimate and get a feel for what your trying to accomplish, and how I can give you the widest range of information, so you can make the best informed decision possible leading to next steps.
(iii) You hire me to work on your design and I get back with you in about 5 days.
(iv) After your approval of the design, I move to finish the SCA.
(v) I develop a Scope Cost analysis based on the design.
(vi) We meet again to go over the scope cost analysis and workout any design issues and hopefully sign a contract. Or, we talk more about your design and were the costs are coming from to design around those.
(vii) After the contract is signed, your put into the build schedule, and the project start and completion dates are given. Then we start this adventure called remodeling.