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.
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.