The Importance of Interviewing Contractor References & 3 Questions to Ask


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In today’s tech-savvy society, just about everything is done online. You can order almost anything you can imagine, and have it delivered directly to you in as little as two days! You can order your groceries for the week, pay online, and have them dropped off at your doorstep without talking to anyone or changing from your bathrobe. Whether we realize it or not, the convenience of ordering products and services online is influencing the way we think and the way we shop. This generation has become shockingly accustomed to making rash decisions and receiving quick service. And, if you don’t like your purchase? Send it back and buy something else with just a few clicks on your phone or computer. The quicker the transaction and the least amount of human interaction, the better. This might sound like an incredible convenience when you’re browsing the web, but this mindset can be dangerous when you’re considering larger investments – like a home remodel. Read more

5 Preliminary Steps for a Successful Home Remodel

 
 

 
 
Remodeling your home is a big undertaking – from deciding what you really want in your renovation, to hiring the right contractor, to managing your budget – it can quickly become overwhelming! It’s a big decision and should be treated as such. At Medford Design-Build, we understand your desire to feel confident in that decision, and we want to help you get there.
 
 
Our goal is not to ‘wow’ our clients with pretty pictures or unrealistic estimates, but rather, to arm them with the knowledge and facts they need to make the best decisions for their remodel. With an emphasis on client education and involvement, we have simplified the otherwise intimidating process of remodeling your home.
 
 
In order to have a successful remodel, there are some things that should be done on the homeowner’s end before the remodeling begins. This will make the entire process much easier on you and set you up for a smooth and successful experience. If you are planning a major remodel, here are 5 preliminary steps we strongly recommend:
 
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Hiring the Right Contractor: Why Past Project Photos Matter

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Home remodeling is a very visual process. Aside from improving functionality, the main reason homeowners want to remodel is to create an updated look and feel of their home’s interior. A big part of our process at Medford Remodeling is to redesign the space with floor plans and 3-D renderings to showcase the visual changes that will be made. We also provide design assistance with our professional interior designer to ensure the right style of fixtures, appliances, and colors are selected.  Homeowners love to physically see their renovation come together and witness the grand transformation of their home. Read more

Hiring the Right Contractor: 10 Interview Questions to Ask

 
 


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Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is a lot involved – a lot of time, a lot of decisions, and of course, a lot of money! It’s critical that you hire the right remodeler to meet your needs and get the job done correctly. If you take this step for granted and hire the first contractor you meet (or the one the offers you the lowest price), you might be regretting it later on and have to live with the results for years to come. Before you commit completely, you should ask each contractor these important questions: Read more

Apples Vs. Oranges: Why Competitive Bidding Is Not the Best Way to Hire a Home Remodeling Contractor

When it comes to major remodeling projects, searching for the best price is often a path to big problems. If you don’t have a complete set of plans for each of the contractors to look at in order to get an apples-to-apples bid, each contractor will give his bid in his style. The honorable contractor will include everything so he doesn’t have the stress of having to keep telling you the cost is going up during the project, while a shady contractor will lowball the bid by leaving out items for you to supply—like fans, towel bars and other fixtures—so his bid will appear lower. You will soon figure out the project costs what it costs, usually when it’s too late to do anything about it. Often the lowball project not only ends up costing more, but is also more stressful to live through, and ends up not as well-built. Read more