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What do I need to know?

1. Establish your budget

Today, Americans are spending on average $28,000 to remodel their home office. No matter what your budget is, adding and subtracting line items from the budget may change your schedule. Going back and forth negotiating budget line items will most likely delay the actual work. Contractors won’t order materials or schedule subcontractors until all budget quotes and estimates have been approved and signed by the homeowner. Having tight pockets also means you might need to wait for material selections to go on sale or may require you to shop around for the best deals.

2. Set your work back schedule

A work back schedule is the construction schedule. It contains the dates of when materials are due to arrive, when subcontractors are scheduled to do work, and accounts for major holidays or absences. Even if this is a DIY project, and you are doing the work yourself, it’s a good habit to establish a schedule for your work so you can keep track of what needs to be done.  This schedule should also note other time allowances like permitting.

3. Materials matter

For home office remodels, it’s important to have the necessary materials arrive on schedule. The typical home office includes custom cabinetry, lighting, data/telephone/communications lines, flooring and furniture. Your exact material list may differ, however it’s important to not make many changes during the ordering process. Going back and forth on finishes, or delays in measuring or shipping, can all impact your completion schedule. Once you’ve decided the material components in the room, establish who will be installing the materials and when they will arrive to the site. Keep track of shipping information; your budget may not allow for rush orders or overnight shipping.

4. Design it right the first time

Today’s home office is all about storage and having a dedicated place for everything at your desk and at your fingertips. Typically homeowners have around 150 square feet of space (a 12×12 room) to work with, so deciding early on what type of organizational system you need for your home office is a great proactive strategy for keeping your project on schedule. From figuring out if you need built-in or floating shelving, more drawers verses doors, under-counter or specialty filing systems, even considering a fire-retardant safe for storage items that need protecting, can not only maximize the space you have but allow for a quick installation. Knowing exactly where things go early on can potentially save you time at the end of your remodel.

5. Try not to change your mind

Working from home means spending most of your day in one specific room, and you should establish a solid creative vision for what that space looks and feels like. If you have room in your budget to play with flooring, fabric and desktop surfaces, you can afford to make changes. This can negatively impact your schedule. Making major changes or last-minutes decisions can add time to the project. Not having a style in place can slow the momentum of a project or worse, stop it all together. So know what you want and what you don’t want.

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How to hire a contractor for your remodel

How to hire a contractor for your remodel
By Jeffrey Anderson

Preparing for a home remodeling project requires a lot of planning and budgeting, but the final phase before getting started can set the tone for the entire project. The same important steps apply whether you’re planning a small project like window replacement or a new roof, or something more involved like a bathroom or kitchen renovation. These key elements are hiring a contractor, understanding and signing a contract, and establishing communication guidelines for the duration of your renovation.

Finding a reliable contractor

One of the easiest ways to find a qualified contractor is by soliciting recommendations from friends and neighbors. If anyone you know has had a recent home renovation, ask them how the project went and if they’re happy with the contractor. Home improvement websites that screen contractors can also be a good resource for locating experienced professionals. Once you have a list of at least three contractors the next steps can be critical:

1. Estimates. Ask each contractor to provide you with a written estimate outlining their entire scope of work and the total price for the job. All pricing from competing contractors should be for the same scope of work using similar materials to allow an accurate comparison. All permits should be included in their costs.

2. References. Even if a contractor’s name came from a reliable source, you should still check references. Contact recent customers to find out how their remodeling project turned out and check for complaints at the Better Business Bureau.

3. Credentials. Any contractor doing work on your property should be properly licensed by your state and carry all required insurance. Your local building inspection office can give you information as to how much and what types of insurance are required in your state

Choosing a contractor isn’t always about lowest price, paperwork, and their previous projects. If the contractors you interview all seem to check out, which do you feel you could have the best professional relationship with over the duration of your project?

Consider contracts and communication

Regardless of how many good things you’ve heard about the contractor you select, always insist on having a signed contract before the job begins. The contract should define:

1. Scope of work. Exactly what the contractor is expected to provide and accomplish should be spelled out in detail. It is also a good idea to include a clause that any budget increases require your approval prior to proceeding.

2. Payment terms. The total cost of the project should be itemized, and when payments are to be made should be listed. A small kitchen renovation or new siding may have just one payment at the end, but a large renovation, like a home addition, might have payments scheduled throughout the project. Always hold a substantial amount of the contract amount until all work is complete.

3. Schedule. When is the project expected to start and when should it be complete? Keep in mind that with any renovation unexpected situations can arise and delay work, but the project should be scheduled to proceed in a timely manner.

Setting up a regular weekly meeting with the contractor while the remodel is underway can be beneficial. Progress and potential problems can be discussed, allowing you and your family to be an integral part of the renovation.

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Property Maintenance | Carteret NJ

We offer commercial office design and remodeling services for Carteret, New Jersey and surrounding areas.

Office remodeling services include:

  • Tenant Improvements – Commercial, industrial and office building TI, space planning and design/build.
  • Lobby/Conference – Remodeling of conference rooms and corporate lobbies, office space improvement and design.
  • Commercial Remodel and Interior Design – Commercial/office remodeling and renovation of office interiors. Corporate interior design and interior remodeling.
  • Space Planning – Space planners for office buildings, retail stores, industrial/commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities.
  • Design/Build – Turnkey, one-stop-shop for planning, layout, design, job costing, approvals, general contracting, subcontractors.
  • Industries – Corporate offices, industrial buildings, restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare/medical/law offices…
  • Rehabilitation – Space rehab for code update, new furniture, fixtures…
  • Small and Large – Both small office remodeling projects and large office/retail/industrial design jobs are welcome.
  • Value Added – Value added renovations, add-ons and value engineering.
  • Codes–  Metro planning codes – ADA, Health, safety, fire, building, electrical codes and compliance.
  • Styles – Modern, contemporary, classic and themed designs.
  • Brokers – Working closely with commercial property brokers and tenants

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Office Remodeling Colonia NJ

We offer commercial office design and remodeling services for New Jersey and surrounding areas.

Office remodeling services include:

  • Tenant Improvements – Commercial, industrial and office building TI, space planning and design/build.
  • Lobby/Conference – Remodeling of conference rooms and corporate lobbies, office space improvement and design.
  • Commercial Remodel and Interior Design – Commercial/office remodeling and renovation of office interiors. Corporate interior design and interior remodeling.
  • Space Planning – Space planners for office buildings, retail stores, industrial/commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities.
  • Design/Build – Turnkey, one-stop-shop for planning, layout, design, job costing, approvals, general contracting, subcontractors.
  • Industries – Corporate offices, industrial buildings, restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare/medical/law offices…
  • Rehabilitation – Space rehab for code update, new furniture, fixtures…
  • Small and Large – Both small office remodeling projects and large office/retail/industrial design jobs are welcome.
  • Value Added – Value added renovations, add-ons and value engineering.
  • Codes–  Metro planning codes – ADA, Health, safety, fire, building, electrical codes and compliance.
  • Styles – Modern, contemporary, classic and themed designs.
  • Brokers – Working closely with commercial property brokers and tenants
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How To Build A Construction Plan

Learn how to market your contractor business professionally. In depth knowledge of attracting clients with online marketing strategies and deep thinking about who you want your clients to be.

The housing industry has proceeded at a red-hot pace for several years running. An all-time record was set in 1998, when 886,000 new-site single family homes were sold. That represented a 10% gain from the robust total of 804,000 homes sold in 1997, and an 8.1% rise from the prior record of 819,000 units in 1977. Single-family housing construction accounted for $48 million of the total $125 million generated in the industry.

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