Frequently Asked Questions

How do I plan a remodel, home improvement or new construction project?
The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. Look at magazines and web sites and collect pictures of what you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you'll be in making your decision.

Why remodel?
Remodeling your home can modernize the style, make it more comfortable, improve energy-efficiency and home functionality, increase the value of your home, and help with upkeep and maintenance. Remodeling is a sure investment in your home to ensure longevity, usefulness, and home value.

Do you provide free estimates and what is included?
Our estimates are free and we recommend getting an estimate prior to starting any remodeling, renovation or home improvement project. Our prices are extremely competitive. Your estimate will have a detailed breakdown of the work we will perform on your project & materials included.

How long will my remodel or construction project take?
Every project is different and it depends on the scope of work. We normaly list project time in your estimate.

Why do I need to hire a general contractor for my remodeling project?
Hiring a qualified general contractor will bring their expertise into the preparation, building, quality control, and completion of your project. Contreras Renovations will ensure your project will proceed in a timely fashion, and with the fewest possible “surprises”. Homeowners that run their own jobs tend to not get the same attention and service from subcontractors and suppliers that the qualified general contractor will get. Remember, the homeowner represents only one job for the subcontractor or supplier, while the general contractor represents many jobs. While you may save a little money trying to general contractor your own job, it will be an enormous amount of work, and will most definitely take longer to complete the project.

Can I hire my own subcontractors for portions of the project?
As a general contractor, Contreras Renovations is best able to manage the schedule, the job budget and the quality of the project when we are given responsibility for all aspects of the job. However, we are always looking for good, high quality subcontractors. If you would like to have a specific contractor complete an aspect of the project, please make that known during the design phase of the project. We will evaluate that contractor's experience, references and licenses and make every effort to fulfill your request.

Will we need a permit for this project?
Most cities and towns require permits for building projects. A qualified remodeling contractor will be conscious of the permit process, and can ensure that your project meets current codes.

Are you licensed and insured?
Contreras Renovations is fully licensed, bonded and insured and meet all requirements of Department of Labor and industries.

How will my home be kept clean and safe during the project?
Remodeling is dirty work, and no matter how well we seal off the work area, dust is going to get through. This is one of the more unpleasant but unavoidable aspects of remodeling. We keep our work areas clean and as dust-free as possible and will do everything we can to ensure your comfort. Prior to the start of the project, you should remove and protect valuables in areas of your home surrounding the project site.

What will my contractor expect of me during construction?
You should consider your general contractor a partner in your project. You will need to work together to coordinate and schedule the vast array of tasks that need to be completed. There will be many things that the contractor will need from you, the most important being the timely selection of materials. Your contractor will also need full access to the jobsite. The best way to do this is to give the contractor a key to your home, or some other means of entering, like a garage door access code. Many customers feel uncomfortable allowing anyone into their home while they are not there, which is understandable. However, unless someone will always be home, limiting the contractor’s access to your home will cause delays in your project. The bottom line is if you can’t trust you general contractor to be in your home unattended, you have picked the wrong general contractor. Contreras Renovations is happy to provide references for your peace of mind.