Tips & FAQ's

   







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Why should I choose Wenger Contracting for my home renovations?

Above all, Wenger Contracting offers unparalleled craftsmanship and professionalism. What else makes us stand out from the rest?

• All of our workmanship is backed by a full 3-year warranty.
• We’ve received local remodeling awards for excellence.
• Our carpenters are highly skilled, with a broad range of remodeling experience.
• All Wenger carpenters are full time and fully insured.
• We use the highest quality materials available for your home renovations.
• We’re a member of NARI — the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
• Our finish work is unsurpassed — you have to see it to believe it!

Why should I consider remodeling over the purchase of a new home?

You may like your neighborhood, neighbors and schools — but lack the space, layout or appearance you desire in your existing home. And, remodeling allows you to invest your money into your home, rather than wasting it on the high cost of moving.

When is a good time to remodel my home?

Any time is a good time to remodel your home. Depending on your scope of work, it is sometimes easier to remodel in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer.

Should I establish a budget for my project before talking to a contractor?

Yes! You should have a budget in mind and be honest with your contractor regarding your budget. This will help your contractor to get what you want for what you are willing to invest. Allow yourself funds that exceed the contract total by 10%-15% to ensure that any unexpected items or even upgrades (requested by the homeowner) can be taken care of.

What is a design-builder?

A design-builder oversees the creation of your project — from the first brain storming sessions to the moment you enter your newly remodeled room. A design-builder brings practical building experience and knowledge of materials and structures.

How long will the remodeling construction last?

The duration of construction is related to the scope of work. However, Wenger Contracting provides a “lead carpenter” who is assigned to your project — and your project only. The lead carpenter has the ability to run projects in a timely and effective manner.

Who is responsible for securing permits?

Your contractor should pull all permits related to your project. The required building permits allow the city or county inspector to verify that the work complies with local and state codes.

How do I know if the contractor is insured?

Ask your contractor to have his insurance company send you a copy of his insurance policy with your name and number as the policyholder. At Wenger Contracting, we’re fully insured for workers’ compensation and liability insurance.

Should the contractor supply references?

Wenger Contracting, Inc. always provides a list of references. We want our clients to be happy. A big portion of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers. This is possible due to our ability to satisfy our clients with design excellence and quality construction in a timely manner.

What about a contract?

Before any work begins in your house, you should have a signed contract from the contactor you’ve hired. This contract should include the following:

• Detailed project specifications
• Estimated start and finish time for construction
• Payment schedule
• Total price of the project

At Wenger Contracting, we include all the above information in all our detailed contracts — to give you peace of mind.

What is a change order?

There’s always a chance you may want or need to change a material or contract item during a remodeling project. Any changes in your contract should be documented on a separate sheet. You and the contractor should sign the change order — before the change is completed. Keep in mind, change orders can sometimes slow the construction schedule down. Your contractor should communicate any necessary changes to complete — and what you may need to do to move the process along (picking a fixture, etc.).

What makes one kitchen or bath more or less expensive?

A few variables impact the cost of a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project:

• Cabinets account for about half the total cost of the project — and will have the greatest impact on your budget for both the kitchen and bath. They range in price considerably based on quality, type and availability.
• The material you choose for counters, backsplashes and floors can also account for a variation in price.
• Fixture expense varies depending on the brand, type and quantity of products you select.

How do I go about the selection process (cabinets, countertops, fixtures etc.)?

Wenger Contracting provides you with catalogs, samples and selection books to review in your home or office. You can also visit the supplier showrooms to make your selections. There’s so much to choose from — and we want to make sure you’ve had plenty of time to review all the options!

How long does a kitchen remodel take?

Standard replacement kitchens generally take two to four weeks to complete. More elaborate kitchen remodels involving reconfiguration (moving walls, removing walls, etc.) can take up to 12 weeks to complete.

How long does a bath remodel take?

A typical bath remodel generally takes seven to 14 working days. More elaborate master baths can take more than a month to complete.

How will the contractor handle the “dirty work”?

Construction is dusty and dirty! But, Wenger Contracting does everything possible to keep a clean construction site. We hang plastic in doorways leading to construction areas. And we also broom clean work areas at days end. A provision is usually made in contracts for a site dumpster or a hauling service to remove any job related debris.


 


Wenger Contracting, Inc.
P.O. Box 553 • Chester Heights, PA 19017
888-426-9611 • Fax: 610-361-2861