Dear clients and prospective clients. This page will grow as I have time to work on it and go through my resources,
and new links will be added as I find new articles and links that I feel will be helpful to you in planning your
project, helping you to understand the process of a renovation, construction terminology, standard cabinet sizes,
and layout and function of plumbing and electrical in your home or apartment. Any resource that I recommend
here is based solely on my personal experience with the supplier, I receive no commission or renumeration from
any commercial resource that I recommend, and will never recommend a resource based on them paying me to
Some general thoughts to begin with that apply to every job no matter the size or scope:
1.) Due diligence: Before you hire anyone, or even contact them for an estimate, take a little time to research
them and their reviews to get a sense of their trustworthiness, reputation, and the quality of the work they do.
Do not necessarily be deterred by one or two bad reviews, but look at the length of time they have been in business
and the overall body of their reputation online. Every contractor has had a client or two whom no matter what they
do the client cannot be satisfied, but if they have no track record and no solid presence online, keep looking.
3.) Planning: I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. 99.99% of all problems that you will run into on a
renovation will stem from this one issue, a failure to plan well. If you know what you want then you are well on
your way, if you are not sure what you want, then you may need the services of a designer or an architect before
you ever contact a contractor. Once you are clear about exactly what you want to do, and have picked out the
fixtures, light fixtures, tile, flooring, lighting, and have at least a basic drawing of To be continued . . .
3.) Estimates and contracts: Generally speaking, you should never have to pay for an estimate. However they
are one or two exceptions to this rule. If you are thinking about buying an apartment and do not yet own it and
want to get an idea what it will cost to renovate it or do repairs, or you need an estimate to submit for an insurance
claim, a good contractor can provide you with valuable information and a comprehensive written estimate, but
there will be a charge for this service as preparing a quality estimate takes time, experience and knowledge.
Generally the cost for this estimate is applied to the job if the contractor who prepared it i s hired. Under any
other circumstances there should be no charge for an estimate. To be continued . . .