Be Sure to Ask Your Contractor These Questions

Undertaking a new build or residential remodeling project is a big emotional and financial investment. Not only are you committing to a significant structural change in your home, you are also entrusting the project to someone else. Before you move forward with your renovation project, there are certain questions for your contractor that need to be answered so you feel peace of mind going into such a big project. From our experience renovating homes across Miami-Dade County, make sure to ask your Contractor these three questions before you hire them:

Questions for your Contractor:

What is the schedule and timeline for our project?

Communicating about schedules and timelines is one of the most important questions for your contractor during a residential remodeling job. How your contractor answers this question will give you a good indication of where they see your project fitting with others they may be working on at the moment as well as how they see your project progressing from start to finish. A thorough schedule is essential for ensuring all tasks are outlined and that nothing gets missed. It also helps you see the big picture through the eyes of your contractor, which is useful for making sure you’re on the same page. If they shrug and say, ‘oh, it’ll take about three weeks,’ without any details, make sure to ask for a more thorough timeline.

Similarly, you should ask how they prefer to communicate about any decisions that need to be made along the way and how change orders will be handled. You want to feel confident that you will be able to get in touch with your contractor quickly, and that they will reciprocate when necessary.

Do you foresee any challenges or concerns about the project?

Home renovation shows don’t get much right, but one thing they do accurately portray is how common it is for unexpected issues to arise. While most can’t be predicted, experienced residential contractors have hunches about certain projects based on either the home, project type, or other factors. Rather than going down one path only to have to change course mid-way through, talk through any possible concerns and worst-case scenarios ahead of time so you have a better understanding of potential outcomes and are prepared to deal with them if and when they arise. This is one of the questions for your contractor that need a honest and forthright response; if you aren’t satisfied with their answer, it’s time to consider another contractor.

How will my property be protected?

Residential remodeling projects by their very nature can be invasive on a person’s home life. There will be dust and trash and paint, hammering, shaking and jostling. Much of this can’t be avoided. What can be avoided, however, is damage to your existing property. Make sure the contracting team you hire has a solid plan for protecting your property and sealing off the work zone as necessary (especially for projects that include impact windows). You should also ask them about how they clean up at the end of every work day.

As you interview potential contractors for your residential project, keep these questions in mind, and give us a call at 305-790-1722 if you want any more tips to make sure that your home renovation stays on schedule and on budget.


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How a Residential Addition Can Add Immediate Value to Your Home

A residential addition can be a great way to make space for a growing family. You can add an in-law cottage for guests (or, well, in-laws). You can seamlessly extend a room or portion of your home so it is customized to your preferences. An addition may also add value to your home by increasing your square footage and layout. Not to mention, it will add intangible value and enjoyment that you, as a homeowner, will feel in your new space.

Before undertaking an addition, it’s important to take a thorough inventory of your needs and goals. Namely, you should evaluate the broader property landscape. Here’s where to start.

Consider your neighborhood before a Residential Addition

What are typical homes like in your neighborhood, and how does your existing property stack up? If you’re in a neighborhood of 4 bedroom/3 bathroom properties, adding a master suite to your 3/2 can add a lot of value.

That being said, think about the permitting process and what’s acceptable in your city. One project could be completely viable in Palmetto Bay and be a smart build. But the exact same addition in Coral Gables could cost multiple times as much because of local codes.

Understand your goals and motivations

As we mentioned, adding value should not solely be considered in terms of dollars and cents. How you feel in your home and the goals you’re hoping to achieve with an addition can be worth a lot. Consider your “why” and evaluate how a new room or addition will help you feel fully at ease in your home. If you love your neighborhood and that master suite of your dreams would change everything, the value it provides you should be weighed in the decision-making process.

Weigh your alternatives

For some, an addition is not worth the effort and cost and they would rather move homes. For others, a residential addition can be much more cost-effective and less stressful than moving. The choice to add on to your home can be emotionally and financially taxing. We always recommend taking time at the outset to look at various options talk to experts – namely Realtors, Architects and Contractors. Weigh the pros and cons of your alternatives before jumping in with an addition.

Residential additions can add value to your home both personally and financially. As you consider the options for your Miami home and have questions about the best approach for you, give us a call at 305-790-1722 to discuss. At Bigfoot Construction, it is our mission to deliver a superior residential addition to your home quickly, efficiently, and within your budget.

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5 Reasons to Install Impact Windows

As a homeowner in South Florida, you’re no stranger to the kind of damage hurricane-strength winds can cause to homes. As you consider the best ways to protect your home, installing impact windows should rise to the top. In addition to protection from storm damage, there are other reasons you should consider making the investment in upgraded windows as well. Here are five of them:

Host the Best Hurricane Parties

With impact windows, you don’t have to rely on storm shutters to keep your home safe from hurricane wind and tropical storm debris. These ultra-durable windows are designed to withstand the equivalent of a 9-pound 2×4 lumber missile striking end on at 140 mph – and they’re designed to look aesthetically pleasing as well. That means that you are able to have natural light in your home throughout the storm and not be stuck sitting in the dark.

Reduce Your Energy Costs

Impact windows rely on double-pane glass to filter out harmful UV rays and minimize the amount of heat that enters your home. Thicker insulation also helps prevent your cool indoor air from escaping. With impact windows, homeowners are able to enjoy more natural sunlight in their home without having to worry about the significant energy costs that can come with the sun’s heat – so you’re a/c unit will thank you throughout the summer for not being overworked.

Savings on Homeowners Insurance

When assessing risk, homeowner’s insurance companies evaluate windows closely not only for storm protection measures but also for evaluating the risk of burglary. Many companies offer Wind Mitigation Credits or other discounts for people who have impact windows installed on their properties – and can possible save thousands of dollars per year on your home insurance.

Reduced Noise Pollution

Dampen noise from the outside with insulated and noise-absorbing impact windows, and no longer be distracted by barking dogs, loud traffic, or noisy neighbors. And if you have dogs that hate fireworks, they’ll thank you every December 31st and July 4th.

Add Value to Your Home With Impact Windows

Whether you plan to live in your home for a long time or are looking to sell in the near future, installing impact windows can be a good investment when looking to increase the resale value of your home. In fact, it’s one of the first things many Realtors recommend to improve how quickly your home would sell.

Better protect your home from damaging winds and start saving money on energy costs today by contacting us today at 305-790-1722 to install impact windows in your Miami home. With us it will be done quickly and done right, so you can feel confident you’re making the smart and economical choice when installing impact windows.