In estimating, it is really difficult to get the customer and contractor on the same page, even with a set of plans. Let me start first off by saying some contractors do a terrible job communicating in general and this can be further complicated with poor paperwork and customer ignorance.
This started as an internal memo to my estimating crew but ended up being something we hand out to all potential clients to help them understand the process.
Yesterday Keith Berkly, owner of San Diego based Berkley Construction, Inc, attended a media event at the newly renovated North Park Theatre to discuss California laws effecting small business owners. At the event he introduced California Senator Barbara Boxer.
Before Keith spoke, he was introduced by Assembly Woman Lori Saldana who presented him as her “2008 Small Business of the Year” choice.
Current Project: Mixed use spec building
One of our projects is a new construction ground up mixed use building. It is the first of its kind on Imperial Ave. The building is noteworthy as it will have 3 floors, with a restaurant and retail on the first floor, the 2nd floor will have offices and also share with the downstairs of the two residential units, and the 3rd floor will serve as loft style master bedrooms for the rental units.
The following are the top four items home owners need to consider before starting a home remodel.
1) Get good plans!
In this business, I have seen some head scratchers, but the biggest mistake is poor planning. If you don’t have a good set of plans your project will be inefficient and often of poor quality. Your plans should be detailed and include language about the quality of work and materials. If you think good architects are expensive, try good lawyers, without the former you will need the latter.