Highly rated Charlotte remodelers give homeowners advice
Before hiring contractors for a major project, check out tips from these three highly rated Charlotte remodeling experts.
1. What types of remodeling services does your company offer?
Bill and Stephanie Thomas: We do all aspects of home improvements and remodeling, including kitchens, bathrooms, decks and handyman repair work.
Brad Little: We do kitchens, baths, additions, basements and handyman projects. We don’t do outdoor hardscaping projects.
John Morgan: We do pretty much everything related to home improvement. However, we don’t offer handyman services.
Who we spoke to
Bill and Stephanie Thomas, owners
Brad Little, president
John Morgan, president
2. Is there a best time of year to schedule remodeling projects?
The Thomases: Summer is very busy, so if time is of the essence, schedule your projects for early spring.
Little: December through February are our slowest months.
Morgan: One of the great things is that we build year-round, so there’s no busy season.
3. When it comes to payments, how much should customers expect to pay upfront?
The Thomases: Normally, small jobs are split into 50 percent down to cover the cost of materials, and balance paid on completion. Larger projects may require the total to be split into three payments.
Little: Upfront payments should really only be as much as is needed to cover the materials that the contractor will need to order ahead of time, which is generally 20 to 35 percent.
Morgan: You can expect to give anywhere from 10 to 40 percent upfront, depending on the project. We provide a lot of material with our contracts, so a lot of our remodels fall in the 25 percent range.
4. What advice can you offer homeowners considering a remodel?
The Thomases: Your home is where you build your memories with your family, and it is very important to bring in the right contractor to make sure the project runs smoothly and stress free.
Little: Remember, your project will last 20 or 30 years. That’s not the kind of commitment you should cut corners on. Find a professional that has the experience to help you make good decisions.
Morgan: Get out of the house and go look at some of the company’s work, and talk to people. It can be attractive to take the low bid, but that comes with consequences.