all phase remodeling

2720 Alpha Access
Lansing, Michigan 48910

Phone (517) 482-6433

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Remodeling FAQs for Home Improvement

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  • There are many variables when pricing a remodeling project and each home is unique.  However, to get an idea of what comparible projects in our area cost along with national averages please refer to the Remodeling Magazine Cost Vs. Value Report.
  • Develop a list of priorities - what you need vs. what you want. If you need to cut costs this list will help you decide what you can do without.
  • Establish a budget - How much are you able to spend? Where is your funding coming from?
  • Get ideas! Look in magazines. Tear out pictures and circle what you like.  Check out Houzz.com - create and ideabook to share with us.  Visit home shows and parades of homes, or take pictures.
  • Ask neighbors, friends, and associates for referrals!
  • Contact your local Home Builders Association.
  • Interview several remodelers to find out how long they've been in business; have they done a project like yours? Do they have a list of references? Who does the work - the employees or subcontractors? What professional organizations do they belong to?
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • How professional does the firm seem to you?
  • What kind of services do they offer
  • Do they seem organized enough and large enough to do your project?
  • Will you need a designer? Does the company have one on staff, or do you need to find one?
  • Ask each firm interviewed for a range estimate for the work you are considering. (Some contractors will do this on the first consultation, while some will need time to consider.)
  • What is the contractor's warranty?
  • The contractor will ask how quickly you want the project done. Good contractors can have a long lead time. They will want to make sure that you don't expect the project to be completed in an amount of time that isn't possible.
  • Be prepared to explain your project and some information about your house, such as its age and how long you've lived there
  • You may also be asked if you have a budget for your project, this is most often to ensure that you have a realistic understanding of how much the project may cost.
  • At All Phase we use the design/build concept. We will give you a free ballpark estimate, after which we charge a fee for designs and project development. This includes detailed drawings along with a proposal that includes business terms, detailed job specifications, contractual terms, and a final price.
  • The project developmen fee is applied toward the overall cost of the project when you decide to work with us.
  • Credit Card/Revolving Credit: Open-ended, unsecured line of credit with pre-approved limit, i.e. Visa or Master Card. Other stand alone lines are available through some banks and finance companies. For small projects.
  • Home Improvement Loan: A closed-end installment loan used for the purpose of financing home improvements. Home Improvement loans are usually unsecured. For small to medium projects.
  • Home Equity Loan/Line: Loan secured by a mortgage (1st or 2nd) on the residence. Can be either a closed-end installment or an open-ended line of credit. For any size project.
  • Construction Mortgage: A first mortgage on the residence where money is advanced in stages to refinance the existing mortgage and then pay for the improvements as the work is completed. Interest-only payments are made during construction. After completion of construction, a regular principal and interest payment schedule is started. For large projects.
  • When considering these options keep in mind: Project Size, How quickly the funds are needed, required financing, any possible tax benefits, before and after appraisal value, current mortgage rate, and projected length of occupancy.
Professional designers are trained to make the space fit your needs. They know the right questions to ask you in order to get the answers they need. They know the code requirements for structure, clearances, egress, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, materials, etc. They can make your space both functional and aesthetic. You may be concerned that professional designs cost money, but in actuality they save you money. Designers work with you to get the best with your budget. Money is also saved because things will not need to be fixed later because of something overlooked in the initial designs, or because it didn't pass inspection.
Be prepared to discuss the following questions with your contractor/designer:

  • How long have you lived in your home, and how much time do you spend there?
  • When was the house built? How old is the present bathroom?
  • When would you like to begin the project?
  • When would you like the project completed by?
  • Do you plan on doing any of the work yourself?
  • Do you have a budget range?
  • How long do you plan on living in the home?
  • Is the bathroom a master, children's, or guest bath?
  • Ages, Heights, Right or left-handed, Physical Limitations of users:
  • Is it a full or half bath?
  • How many family members will use the bathroom at one time?
  • Do you prefer privacy zoning so more than one person can use the room at once?
  • How many additional bathrooms do you have? Do any of them have a shower or tub?
  • What do you dislike most about your present bathroom?
  • What do you like most about your present bathroom?
  • Do you prefer separate showering and bathing areas?
  • Do you plan on replacing the plumbing fixtures?
  • What activities take place in the bathroom? Bathing, Showering, Dressing, Applying make-up / hair care, Exercising, Laundering, Reading/Lounging?
  • What appliances do you plan on using in the bathroom? Blow dryer, Curling iron, Electric toothbrush, Hot Rollers, Radio, Television, Towel Warmer?
  • Do you have a style preference for your bathroom? (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Formal)
  • What colors are you considering for your bathroom?
  • Is it necessary that the color and style flow to adjacent spaces, or can the bathroom have a design and style of its own?
  • Have you done any sketches or collected any pictures of ideas for your bathroom?
  • Do you have many accessories you want to display?
  • Do you like open storage so everything is easily accessible, or do you prefer "hiding" everything behind closed doors?
  • Are you willing to make any structural changes if it would improve the design and layout?
Be prepared to discuss the following questions with your contractor/designer:

  • How long have you lived in your home, and how much time do you spend there?
  • When was the house built?
  • How old is the present kitchen?
  • When would you like to begin the project?
  • When would you like the project completed by?
  • Do you plan on doing any of the work yourself?
  • Do you have a budget range?
  • How long do you plan on living in the home?
  • What do you dislike most about your present kitchen?
  • What do you like most about your present kitchen?
  • How many people are there in your household, and what are their ages?
  • Will this number increase or decrease?
  • Who is the primary cook? How tall is the cook?
  • Right or left-handed? Physical Limitations? Do any other household members cook? Who? Height? Right or left-handed? Physical Limitations?
  • Do(es) the secondary cook(s) usually assist the primary cook, or do they work independently and need their own workspace?
  • Do you do any specialty cooking, such as ethnic, gourmet, canning?
  • What types of meals does your family usually eat? Quick & Easy on-the-go meals, full-course sit-down meals, or a little of both?
  • What are your kitchen and dining area preferences? Are they separate?
  • Do you prefer formal dining, informal dining, or both?
  • Do you want an eating area, such as a snack bar, in the kitchen?
  • Besides cooking, what other activities is your kitchen used for? ( eating, homework, computer center, paying bills, crafts, laundry etc. )
  • Is your kitchen a high traffic area? Do you entertain frequently? If so, formal or informal? Large or small gatherings?
  • Are you willing to make any structural changes if it would improve the design and layout?
  • Do you need extra storage for bulk shopping and/or cooking?
  • Do you plan on replacing the appliances or keeping your existing appliances?
  • Kitchen cabinet accessories/options you are interested in: Pull-out trays, Wastebasket cabinet, Sink tilt-out trays, Appliance Garage, Decorative glass doors, Super Susan corner cabinet, Spice storage, Recycling area, Baking tray base.
  • Do you have many dishes or accessories you want to display?
  • Do you like open storage so everything is easily accessible, or do you prefer "hiding" everything behind closed doors?
  • Do you have a style preference for your kitchen? (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Formal)
  • What rooms is the kitchen adjacent to or visible from?
  • What are the color schemes in those rooms?
  • Have you done any sketches or collected any pictures of ideas for your kitchen?

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