What is the first thing I need to do when deciding to do a remodeling project?
Finding the right contractor is the first step in a remodeling project. The team of NJW will work with you throughout all phases of your project; from the initial estimate stage/design stage to the completion of your project, including the final clean up. The most important factors are trust and compatibility between the homeowner and the contractor.
Which builder should I use?
Central Ohio offers many reputable builders. Below are some qualities you should look for in a contractor for your project.
- Check on line reviews for the contractor’s scores and client feedback. There are many available sources to access, however some key leaders in this industry are Google Plus, Yelp, HOUZZ, Angie’s List and, of course, the local Better Business Bureau.
- Ask for references, if not provided, of their last three jobs performed and also two jobs comparable to the project you are considering. Don’t be afraid to ask about the quality of work performed and if there were any unexpected complications or circumstances that came up. It’s good to know how the contractor handles problems, if they are handled in a timely and professional manner or not. We have an extensive list of clients ready to discuss their remodeling/building experience with NJW.
- Check your local building associations; Chamber of Commerce, NARI – National Association of Remodeling Industry, BBB – Better Business Bureau, BIA – Building Industry Association, NAHB – National Association of Home Builders, etc. (These associations often do screenings and consumer based ratings on their members.)
- Ask about warranties and make sure that you understand the warranties and guarantees offered. Know who is responsible for construction problems you may encounter months down the road. We carry a one year warranty on new builds and remodels.
Is NJW Construction insured?
NJW Construction is fully insured, carrying liability insurance and workers’ compensation for each employee working on any job.
I don’t want to go over budget… How can I be sure?
We will build for your needs, your style and within a budget you find affordable and comfortable. Ask and understand what is included in the contract price proposed for your project. A contract total can vary substantially, depending upon the selection choices a client makes. NJW makes it their goal to guide clients through the selection process early, prior to a contract signing, eliminating allowances and reducing contract variables.
Our focus is our clients; we build relationships by getting to personally know our clients, understand their project, and listen to their expectations of both the contractor and the project. We look forward to hearing our clients’ input throughout all phases, from the building aspect to the amenities. Our clients’ homes will be as unique as they are; a place they will love to call home.
Does the contractor provide any financing?
NJW does not currently offer any in-house financing but we have worked with every major financial institution and are an approved builder with these institutions. This simplifies the process for you once you choose a lending institution.
How do I narrow down plans for my project?
We will build from your plans and blueprints or use our in-house design team to draw and customize blueprints. In addition, if you have designs drawn by our design team and build with NJW, upon contract signing, we will credit the design cost towards your down payment.
How do I avoid a dispute concerning discrepancies with the work?
Written agreements, estimates and contracts help to avoid disputes by providing a written description detailing services to be performed and summarizing project completion costs. The homeowners’ understanding and vision of the project can be clarified further through the use of 3D drawings. Typically, through reviewing these designs, the project scope can be refined and disputing discrepancies eliminated.
What is a design agreement?
A design agreement is a contract agreement between the homeowner and contractor to initiate the customization of conceptual drawings to guide conversations regarding potential building and remodeling processes.