Frequently Asked Questions

We've collected answers to some of the most common questions that we are asked by homeowners, property owners and managers who are considering a project with ArDan.

One question we often get asked by potential clients is how much my whole home remodel is going to cost. That question is difficult to answer with a generic answer, because it really depends on the size of your home, complexity of the remodel, and the level of finishes you end up selecting for your home. Here at ArDan, we recommend is that you reach out to us, and we will come out and provide a free initial consultation where we can meet at your home, discuss your vision, and come up with a realistic budget for your project.

When you are considering your project, you may wonder if you can supply your own materials. Typically, we would advise that you don’t. Our team has found that it is much simpler if ArDan supplies the material. This is mainly due to the coordinating of getting materials on-site in a timely manner. Additionally, we cannot warranty any material that you supply.

Our team members are often asked how long a residential remodel will take. The answer to that varies depending on the size and complexity of the project. Typically, a whole home remodel which involves the kitchen, at least one bathroom, and other parts of the home takes a minimum of three months from start to completion. At ArDan, before we start your project, we have a project specialist put together a calendar laying out exactly what to expect and a reliable timeline for the completion of your project.

We understand that as a homeowner you may have relationships with plumbers, electricians, roofers, and other contractors. At ArDan, we have found that it is better to utilize our own trade partners and vendors on our projects. Over the years, we have developed relationships with these contractors. We know how they schedule, we understand their pricing structure, and most importantly we have a good relationship with them. When we utilize our own sub-contractors, issues that arise can be resolved quickly leading to a successful project.

As a general contractor, we generally have multiple projects running simultaneously. If your project is a one to two-day project, it may be a shorter lead time. If this is a larger project, where there are new fixtures and special-order items, it usually takes four to six weeks. In order to ensure an efficient project, our team must plan accordingly.

For most contractors, this is a daunting question. Our team does everything that they can to make sure we create an accurate proposal for each of our clients. During our PCA, Pre-Construction Agreement, we want to dive into your project as much as we can to eliminate the unforeseen. Our best-case scenario is that we spend time in the PCA process where we can open walls, check the status of plumbing, camera the lines, and figure out electrical work. These are aspects of the project that can pose risk if not thoroughly inspected beforehand. The more we discover before the project, the better the chance that the final proposal created will not have to be changed.

As a licensed contractor in the state of Arizona, we do bring in sub-contractors for several aspects of our projects. This includes roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and a few other sub-trades. However, we do have in-house crews that we use for project management, masking and demolition, and all our carpentry. We use specialized sub-contractors because they are licensed in their trade and skilled in their craft.
Often, the answer is yes. Each city and project have different variables involved in the permitting process. Thankfully, we are experienced in the field, and we will help walk you through each step, in order to obtain the proper permits for your project.
Once a project is started, our clients sometimes ask how much we charge for hourly labor. If you are looking to add to your existing project with ArDan, we charge $100 an hour for our foremen, and $75 for our skilled laborers.

Unfortunately, we are not able to give you an estimate immediately for most of our projects. Most of our remodel projects are complex and there are many moving parts involved. Generally, from the day that we meet with you on-site and sign a PCA, pre-construction agreement, it will take about 4 weeks or up to 2 months to complete feasibility assessments, designs, plans, and permitting. If it is a major addition this could take up to 1 year. After that, our team can provide you with a full, detailed scope of work and a cost proposal for your project.

The first question we usually get from our clients after they sign the contract is when our team can start the project. We are excited to start, and we know you are as well. There is a sizable amount of planning and organization so that we can successfully execute your project. A good rule of thumb, especially for kitchen remodels, would be 6 to 8 weeks from signing the contract but average and production times may vary. When there are cabinets involved, the wait time is typically 12 weeks, and we like to visually inspect the cabinets beforehand to make sure there is no damage.

Questions You Should Ask

It can be hard to know what information you need in order to begin the home remodeling process with the right expectations. Here's what else we think you should know, before you get started with ArDan.

Here are a few things that you can expect from the moment you pick up the phone or send us your first email. Initially, we like to spend twenty to thirty minutes on the phone to talk about your project, what you have in mind, and what you are looking for in a contractor. If we determine that we are going to be a good fit for each other and for your project, we will set up an in-house consultation. One of our representatives will come out and look at your home, which typically takes an hour to an hour and a half of time. The consultation allows us to dive deeper into your project, talk about your overall budget, and what you are looking to accomplish with your remodel. Then, depending on the size and complexity of your project, we will determine the next steps. We do usually work underneath a PCA, pre-construction agreement. We will collect a small fee upfront to put together your project in full detail along with a detailed proposal and fixed price. Once we meet again and present the proposal, usually our lead time to start the project is anywhere from four weeks to 2 months (or up to 1 year for some major additions in Phoenix) from the signing of the contract.

The first thing that you want to think about is what kind of impact will this project have on your life. Timing, budget, cash flow, and the cleanliness of the house are important aspects to consider. It’s imperative that we have a conversation about what is important to you. Let’s discuss it, and spend time looking at all the concerns that you may have. That way we can help you feel comfortable in the remodel space.
As you are signing your contract with the representative, you are probably wondering if we will truly prioritize your project. We will reach out within 48 hours of you signing the contract and sending in the deposit to begin planning. After, we will set up a pre-construction meeting that will be one to four weeks out from the start of the project. At the meeting, we will assign a project specialist and purchaser to your project. At ArDan, we value you and your time, so you can be sure that we will make your project a priority.

The quickest way to contact ArDan is to call the office. Another viable option is to fill out our potential client form on our website. In addition, all our email addresses for each representative is on the website as well.

Every now and then, our clients ask if they can call us on weekends. Our primary business hours are from 8am to 5pm on weekdays. We understand that some of our clients are busy during typical business hours. Phone calls, text messages, and emails sent over the weekend are fine, but they are subject to what each representative has going on in their personal lives.
You may have been referred or stumbled upon our site on Google. Our recommendation would be to fill out a form on our website, and we will reach out the next day. Another option would be to call our office, and we will ask some basic questions about your dream project. We do offer a no charge consultation at your home, all you must do is get in contact with us and we will get it scheduled if we feel it is a good fit.

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