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Steps for a Successful & Stress-free Remodeling Project M If planned and executed properly, the remodeling process can be a relatively smooth one. Unfortunately many people do more research when buying a television than they do when preparing to undertake a home remodeling project. D. R. Domenichini Construction was named Morgan Hill Business of the Year in 2012 and also voted (2014 & 2015) Best Contractor in Morgan Hill by the Morgan Hill Times. The owner, David Domenichini, resides in the Morgan Hill area and brings nearly 20 years of experience to his family-owned and operated business. Follow them on Facebook for weekly project updates, hints, tips, giveaways and more. You can visit their website at or call 408.691.3283. any people are choosing to stay in their existing homes instead of purchasing another home for reasons such as better school districts, property tax advantages and family proximity. Real Estate has traditionally been not only a shelter for your family, it can be a great investment as well. Remodeling or room additions can make your home more effi cient and comfortable, and it is possible to recoup most or even all of the remodeling costs. The following are steps to help create a positive remodeling experience: Put your ideas on paper, preferably actual architectural drawings. These specifi cations will defi ne the scope of work and be given to each qualifi ed general contractor that you have invited to bid. Drawings and detailed specifi cations will help eliminate the un- knowns and decrease the potential for change orders. Change Orders are additional invoices that are issued to the homeowner when the unexpected occurs. For example, if there is plumbing in a wall that wasn’t referenced in the drawings and/or specifi cations. Ask friends, family and neighbors if they have any personal, positive experi- ences with a general contractor. Use Yelp and internet searches to read customer testimonials and company reviews. It is a good idea to get bids from three different contractors. Ask for references and be diligent in following up with a visual inspection on at least one prior job. While checking references, ask if the contractor was reliable, had good communication skills, and whether or not the customer was charged excessive change orders. Check that the Contractor’s license is current and active. Call the CSLB (800.321. CSLB) or visit their website, On the website you can also check the status of the company’s workers’ compensa- tion insurance. Additionally, go to lead/pubs/toolkits.htm to confi rm that the company is EPA lead-safe certifi ed. The EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule became a Federal law as of April 22, 2010, GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 and reportedly few general contractors in California have received certifi cation. Get a written contract. Avoid bids that are vague. Materials should be specifi ed by brand and model number, if at all possible. Be sure that you completely understand the terms of the contract. When will the project commence and what is the projected completion date? How will change orders be handled? Never pay more than 10% or $1,000 (whichever is less) up front. If the contract calls for progressive payments, never pay more than the value of the work completed. Have a meeting before construction begins to discuss mutual expectations and concerns. Schedule on-going meetings, preferably once a week or so. The meetings do not need to be lengthy (a half-hour is often suffi cient) but are necessary to provide adequate communication throughout the duration of the project. Schedule a final job walk at the completion of the project. During this walk, the home- owner has the opportunity to identify, discuss and document any defects or incomplete work. This detailed list is of ѕqչӊt)%Ё́ѼЁѡ́չ)䁵ɭѡՅɕ́ɸѡ)̰̰݅ьݥѠՔѕ́х)9յȁѡՔхɕɕѡ)ѡչи9ٕȁѡɕѕѥ)չѥѡɽЁ́є9ٕȁ)ݥѠ͠)Uͥѡ́Ёݥɔѡ)ѡٕɅɥݥ́ͅЁ)ͥeԁݥѡѼѡ)ɽչ́ȁݱɕɽЄ)ѽ乍(