Houston general remodeling experts share tips
Before hiring contractors for a major project, check out tips from these three highly rated Houston general remodeling experts.
Does your company use subcontractors?
William Garcia: We use subcontractors for trades that require licenses, such as plumbing and electrical.
Mike Crigler: I have about 20 guys who work directly with me, and we sub out specialty trades.
Cameron Capps: We have two main subcontracting crews who do different trades for us, such as tiling and sheetrock.
Is there a best time of year to schedule remodeling projects?
Garcia: It depends on the project. Usually rainy months are good for your interior. You may want to schedule your projects before March to find an available contractor.
Crigler: We tend to be less busy in January, February and September when people are getting back from vacation and kids are going back to school.
Capps: If you live in Houston, you’re in hurricane area, so you should schedule any exterior work outside of hurricane season. Interior projects can be done year-round.
When it comes to payments, how much should customers expect to pay upfront, and how much should be held until completion?
Garcia: Typically I receive half down, which covers all or most of the materials and some of the labor. Ten to 20 percent would be a good amount to hold until completion.
Crigler: We usually ask for 30 to 50 percent at the start, depending on the size of the project. At least 10 to 20 percent should be held until completion.
Capps: It depends on the project and is negotiable. With smaller projects, we’ll usually ask for 30 percent upfront, and 10 percent would be held until completion.
What advice can you offer homeowners considering a remodel?
Garcia: Find a contractor with an office to protect your investment. If they work out of their home, then that’s a red flag because they can easily move or change their number and you have no recourse.
Crigler: Know what you want and have images to show the contractor. It’s also good to get a realistic time frame. Usually people are shocked that a bathroom remodel can take three weeks and a kitchen can take up to three months.
Capps: Do your homework. Think about what you want to do with the space and gather pictures to show your contractor. We always recommend interviewing at least three companies.
Home Sweet Home Improvements
William Garcia, owner and master craftsman
Mike Crigler, owner
Cameron Capps, owner