Prepare for your project thoroughly. Plan everything ahead of time from materials to best practices to execution. Research online and educate yourself.
If you planned $20k, don’t try to negotiate on the price or look for someone to do it for $15k. Maximize your return instead by asking the contractor to do more.
Most likely there will be extra work required that you didn’t account for. A general rule of thumb is to add 10%-15% to the budget for unforeseen conditions.
“You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” - Warren Buffett. There are a process and a sequence of steps to discuss.
Any changes during project execution are costly and will cause delays. Plan well in advance to avoid making changes, unless unforeseen field conditions require.
Educate yourself about the processes and materials for your project. This way, when talking to a contractor, you can tell whether he’s qualified to do the job.
Study and understand all of the building management requirements prior to execution. Non-compliance with requirements may result in delays and penalties.
If you decide to renovate in stages, focus on parts that may disrupt your lifestyle first. Leave other parts that don’t cause you major inconveniences to later stages.
A licensed contractor can be legally held accountable for wrongdoing by government agencies. If not licensed, agencies won’t be able to take any actions.
Your contractor has to be insured. Otherwise, if something happens during the project like a worker getting injured, you may be held financially accountable.
Ask contractor to add you as an additional insured to his liability insurance. If he tries to cancel it during the project, you will be notified by the insurance company.
Check with your local building department on what jobs require permits (eg. plumbing, electrical, etc.). Make sure your contractor obtains all prior to execution.
If you are going to make any structural or floor plan changes you will need an architect to draft architectural plans and file with the department of buildings.
A contract is important but only if you decide to take the dispute to court. An additional way to eliminate risks is to define the scope of work and set payment milestones.
Making payments by the milestones achieved will allow you to have control over the progression of your project and will help you keep the contractor at bay.
All housing built before 1989 has asbestos, if it was built before 1980’s it also has lead. Disturbance of those materials requires specialized treatment and disposal.
Thermal and fire insulation is important, but not as much as acoustic especially in your everyday life. Otherwise you’ll be disturbed by surrounding environments.
Explore the option of layering new flooring on top of the existing floors first. Any work on old floors may disturb core structural elements or hazardous materials.
Check with your building management before doing any work on old plumbing (even minor one). Otherwise, you may be forced to replace all branch piping.
Obtain permission from building management (coop) or check the building codes (condo) before making any alterations to demising, exterior or load-bearing walls.
We will schedule an on-site meeting so you can tell us about the project that you are set to accomplish. During the meeting, we will educate you on the process, available options, and the best way to execute your project. After you provide us with some project details, we can start working on generating a detailed Scope of Work. This Consultation is completely free and doesn’t require any commitment from your end.
We are going to put together a Scope of Work that will include a full breakdown of work, materials, and pricing. Our goal is to make it as detailed as possible so that you can get an accurate and transparent cost estimate along with complete understanding of the project. To get an idea of how our Job Scope may look like, you can check out this example Here (keep in mind that its structure may vary depending on the project).
To make sure there are no unaccounted restrictions or limitations that may affect project execution, we will check previous construction records from Department of Buildings, compliance with mandatory building codes and regulations, presence of any pending legal disputes and violations associated with the property, zoning, boundary lines, presence of hazardous materials, structural defects, and some other things.
As a part of Pre-construction process a few things should be done including drawing architectural and engineering plans (if needed), pre-purchasing required materials, construction site preparation, coordinating the schedule with designers, architects, subcontractors, suppliers and other parties involved, preparing special tools & equipment, obtaining necessary permits and scheduling any required pre-construction inspections.
Your project will be executed step by step in accordance with the outlined Job Scope and developed Timeline. Upon completion of each step, you will be provided with detailed updates either online or in-person (depending on your preference). Additional discussion can be scheduled throughout the way in case you want to request changes or additions that will require updating the original Job Scope.
Together with you, we will compare the Jobs Scope against the work that was performed. We would like you to make sure that the project was completed as planned and you are happy with the results. We might also go through a punch list of any final adjustments that you may want to make and perform finishing cosmetic touch-ups in case there are any minor damages from furniture delivery, appliance & cabinet installations.
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Staten Island, NY
Excellent work!!! Builderdome did full remodeling of my apartment that I recently purchased and a kitchen renovation at my mom's house. Both projects were completed on schedule and on budget, just as we initially planned. My mom remained super happy with her new kitchen! These guys are my go-to for any future projects!
New York, NY
We’ve had an amazing experience working with Builderdome to remodel our kitchen, and renovate living room with master bedroom. They answered all our questions and were a great help through the process. They educated us on every detail and made sure we remained happy. I wish we hired Builderdome earlier to also do our bathroom and basement, and would definitely use them again!
I’ve been looking for a kitchen contractor to redo my parent’s kitchen for 3 months or so. Got tonnes of estimates from a whole bunch of contractors before I came across Builderdome. Their estimate was by far the most accurate and detailed I’ve ever seen! The job they did was impeccable! I am going to hire them to do an addition for my own backyard. HIGHLY Recommend!