Most people hiring a remodeling expert are concerned with schedule and budget. While these are important aspects of your home remodeling project, here are the questions that many home owners fail to ask when hiring a remodeling company:
• How long have you been in business?
• Who will be assigned as project supervisor for the job?
• Who will be working on the project? Are they employees or subcontractors?
• Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance?
• How many projects like mine have you completed in the past year?
• May I have a list of reference from those projects?
• Are you a member of a national trade association?
Below are the answers to the questions most often received by Neace Builders, Inc. We've also included a few tips that we hope will be useful. If you would like more information, or for the answer to any question not listed on this page, please feel free to contact us.
- Will I be able to stay home with my family while remodeling work is being done?
In most cases, the answer is yes. We strive to be as discreet and unobtrusive as possible and, where necessary, we schedule remodeling work one area at a time so that the rest of your home remains safe for you and your family to reside in. In some cases, especially if you require us to complete an extensive remodeling project on a tight schedule, we may recommend that you vacate your home for part of or the entire length of the project.
- How long will my remodeling project take to complete?
The time required to complete your home remodeling project will greatly depend on the scope of the project as well as on the materials you have selected. The more extensive the work and rare the materials, the longer the project will take to be completed. Neace Builders, Inc will be in a better position to offer a realistic time line once we've thoroughly evaluated your project and your property.
- When is the best time to plan my home remodeling?
Typically, the best time to remodel your home is when home values are down, because the cost of materials as well as the cost of labor will be more affordable than when the industry is booming.
- What about permits?
Depending on your location and what is being done, a permit might be required or it may not. If a permit is required for your project, we will obtain the permit, handle all inspections, make sure everything is built to code, and that the project and process satisfies all requirements to the letter of the law.
- How do I get plans for my new home??
Neace Builders has a sister company, A-Cad Drafting & Design Inc. That has the ability to draw your plans using Chief Architect (AutoCAD Software) and having them structurally sealed by a Engineer / Architect. All we need (and / or) is a few had draw sketches, pictures, plans from a magazines with layouts and Front elevation views. Some example of different room layouts wood also help. We would also need a rough budget, Your lot size & location and any restriction. With this information we can come up with a plan that has everything you are needing. You can also hire a local Architect or Designer. Neace Builders would be glad to help you and the company you hire to design your Home. You can also use stock plans from a website or catalog
- What steps should you take to help make sure the building process goes smooth?
The more time and effort spent up-front in programming, planning, designing, and understanding, as well as in establishing specifics of the project, the better the chance for a smoother construction period and a satisfactory result.
- What about a contract?
Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the builder or contractor and the architect or designer. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team make any changes to the project later on.
- How many years has the builder been in the home building business?
Experience. This is a very important factor because no one wants their home to be just a practicing point of newbie home builders. During the interview, it is important that you inquire about the types of homes the builder had built in the past, as well as the neighborhoods they had projects with. Chet Neace President of Neace Builders, Inc. has been building homes since 1983 and start his company in 1989.
- Are there references available?
The shortest answer is doing. So don't just believe anything you hear, ask for references to provide you with the big picture (positive ad negative) of how it's going to be like if you're working with this builder and just as important ask for supplier & Subcontractor references.
- What type of warranty is given?
Warranty details are an important question to ask when building a new home. When you buy a new car you care about the warranty provided. You should be just as concerned about the warranty provided when buying a new home. Neace Builders gives a full one year warranty on materials and labor. In a lot of cases you also get additional warranties from manufactures of some of the products installed in your home.
- Do I have choices in my selections?
Building a new home is one of the most personal decisions you will make. Everyone has a different sense of how their home should look. You want to make sure that you have many options in personalizing your home and making it unique to you and your style.
Sharon Neace (Vice President of Neace Builders and a Interior Decorator) will help you with all your selection needs. Neace builders in their contractors will in a lot of cases give allowances sore a lot of the finishing activities and will do her best to keep you that allowance but if you run over or under at the end of the project than we will settle up on the differences. If a or a combination of activity goes over $1,500 then a change order will need to be sign and the Overage paid at that time)
- What is the cost, per square foot, for new home construction?
It varies with each home. Costs are determined by several factors including the amount of home site preparation, size of home, type of exterior, custom features and the list goes on and on.
- How long does it take for completion of the home once construction has begun?
Typically, we complete a home within 6 to 7 months; however, if the home is larger than an average home or if numerous changes are made, it will take could longer.
- Once we acquire our loan to build, how are you paid?
We customarily get a 10% deposit to cover start up cost (Usually get this from the mortgage company at closing the loan to build) then we work with your bank on a draw schedule. If you are paying cash then we have you put the money in a bank and we use a draw schedule.
We do custom homes, room addition, home remodeling, kitchen and bath design, and light commercial in these areas: Orange county-Apopka, Belle Isle, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Lake Buena Vista, Azalea Park, Bay Hill, Christmas, Conway, Doctor Phillips, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunters Creek, Lake Butler, Lake Hart, Lockhart, Meadow Woods,Wedgefield, Zellwood Seminole County-Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Chuluota, Fern Park, Geneva, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford,Tuskawilla, Winter Park, Winter Springs Osceola County-Buenaventura Lakes, Celebration, Harmony, Kissimmee, Poinciana, St. Cloud Lake county-Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Sorrento, Tavares, The Villages, Umatilla,Yalaha Volusia County-Daytona, Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, DeLeon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Enterprise, Glenwood, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, Lemon Bluff, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Osteen, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, Seabreeze South Daytona.