Tampa remodeling contractors give 4 tips on starting a new project

Tampa remodeling contractors give 4 tips on starting a new project

Before hiring contractors for a major project, check out tips from these three highly rated Tampa remodeling experts.

1. What sorts of credentials should Tampa homeowners look for when interviewing remodelers?

Jack Ross: Check their license and make sure they’re licensed for your specific kind of project. Not all licenses are the same.

Joe Logar: Check both their state and county licensing. Different counties have their own requirements.

David Spence: Verify their licensing on myfloridalicense.com and ask for a certificate verifying they carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation.

Who we spoke to

K Jack Ross General Contractor

Jack Ross, owner


AAA Services of Central Florida

Joe Logar, owner


DSI Construction/ David Spence Inc.

David Spence, owner


2. Is there a best time of year to schedule remodeling projects?

Ross: I’m busiest in spring and summer, but there’s the most chance for rain. Winter and fall are better to build in.

Logar: Interior work is good any time of year. For exterior work, the worst time is the summer season because of the stormy afternoons.

Spence: The holidays are quiet, so contractors are going to be more motivated to make a deal from October through January.

3. What factors influence the budget and cost of a project?

Ross: A lot hinges on the fixtures. It depends on what the customer is asking for. Some people want to get the most for their dollar and some want a fancy luxury job.

Logar: The material choices made by the owner affect cost the most. On a kitchen remodel, for example, the cabinets represent about 60 percent of the job’s cost.

Spence: Your materials make a big difference. A lot also has to do with cycle time, the prep work required to set up safely and protect the rest of the house.

4. What advice can you offer homeowners considering a remodel?

Ross: Find somebody you can trust. Doing the job right takes a while, so you want someone who cares about the process.

Logar: Get at least two or three quotes unless you know the contractor well. When you check their license, find out if they have any major complaints.

Spence: When you solicit bids, disseminate as much information as you can to the contractors so you get accurate, apples-to-apples comparisons.

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