Remodeling your San Antonio home? These contractors offer tips
Before hiring contractors to renovate your domestic castle, check out tips from these highly rated San Antonio-area remodeling experts.
What types of remodeling services does your company offer?
Peter Dubien: We do anything inside except carpet. The last couple of years, we’ve done a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. They’re selling points.
Brad Westphall: We do design build and more comprehensive design projects. We’ll come in and do a remodel or an addition, but not handyman remodeling.
John Nabors: We do pretty much everything: drywall, kitchen and bathroom remodels, outdoor kitchens and patio covers, flagstone, rock and brickwork. We don’t do stain, concrete or faux painting.
Do you do the work yourself, or do you have a crew or hire subcontractors?
Dubien: Ninety percent of the time, I do the work myself. If I land a job with a lot of drywall, I have a contractor I use. Every once in awhile, I’ll use a certified electrician.
Westphall: It depends on the particular project. We do use subcontractors for electrical, HVAC and plumbing. These people are state licensed and state certified.
Nabors: I have three crews that work for me full time. Every once in a while, I sub out concrete work if we’re too busy.
When it comes to payments, how much should customers expect to pay upfront?
Dubien: I don’t need money upfront for the remodeling project, but I do ask for dump fees. I try to get paid at the end of each week. Some people want to get paid upfront, and then they run.
Westphall: Typically, I take a 10 to 30 percent deposit upfront, and I spread the cost out throughout the project in four to five payments. If they’re worried about someone taking their money, they’re working with the wrong company.
Nabors: Contractors approach that differently. I generally have a 50 percent start-up fee that should cover the materials throughout the job. On projects up to $50,000, it’s not unheard of to ask for half upfront.
What advice can you offer homeowners considering a remodel?
Dubien: Get at least three to four bids. Do as much research on people as possible. That’s why I like being on Angie’s List. They read my reviews, and they feel comfortable with me.
Westphall: The biggest thing is if you’re saving a lot of money on a contractor, there’s a reason for it. The guys who are good and spend the time and do good job, there’s a reason they’re good at what they do.
Nabors: Be ready for the mess it’s going to make. It’s going to be an inconvenience. If you have the right contractor when it’s all said and done, everything will be taken care of.
Who we spoke to
Pete’s Remodeling Service
Peter Dubien, owner
Brad Westphall, owner/operator
Nabors Contracting — Johnny On The Spot
John Nabors, co-owner