Dormers, Extensions, Rvations, Reenomodeling




All projects go through a planning, design, estimating and production phase.




HomeTime's approach to Estimating and Production


  1. Detailed Estimating: Your project is unique.  A project exactly like yours has never been done before. Estimating, by definition, is not an exact process. It is a very dynamic process and will undergo many changes throughout the life cycle of your project. It can be very closely derived if your professional has been in numerous estimating situations before. Experience weighs enormously into this difficult and critical stage. The HomeTime cost database is very extensive and up to date. Each job is broken down into sequential building steps and priced accordingly.  Couple this with industry standard estimating tools and the standard for costing can be established at the outset. My thorough approach forces me to spend many hours estimating. I have found that most clients would rather deal with the true costs up front rather than have additional costs pop up all throughout the project.

I have many contractor friends and we all have very different approaches to this stage of the construction process. Some estimate by feel and experience and just don’t like getting into the details on a job. They either give the price right away or return with a few paragraphs written on one page with a lot of ambiguous statements. Others attempt to be wordier but don’t quite write down enough detail to be of any use to the client.

 I can’t even tell you how many times clients have told me that other contractors have given them estimates within a few minutes, wrote it down on a business card, and left saying “give me a call when you’re ready”. Imagine, you’re about to spend $150,000 on a large project and you have very little in the way of specifics. The goal of our first meeting will be to establish an exact specification of your job.


  1. Comprehensive Job Description: All Home Time estimates are associated with a detailed job description spelling out exactly what you are getting for your invested dollars. If the scope of the job changes so will the associated costs. For example; are you getting solid core doors or hollow core doors? Paint grade moldings or stain grade? These are some of the details you need to have written down in your proposal. I pride myself on being very thorough. I may not catch every detail but I will catch 98% of them. That translates into you having a truer picture of what your real costs are going to be up front, not after the project has begun. I personally don’t like signing up for a service thinking I will be paying a certain price only to find out that there were many hidden or forgotten costs that I wasn’t told about.


  1. Project Scheduling and Production: Prior to starting your job a project schedule is developed indicating approximate start and finish times for each phase of the project and an expected overall completion date for the project.

    All HomeTime clients get a copy of this schedule as well as our employees and sub-contractors. You’d be surprised how this keeps everyone on their toes, since nobody wants to be responsible for delaying the schedule.

    Each time a job phase is completed the schedule is reevaluated and, if necessary, a new projected finish time is determined. This procedure works very well and is the main reason we are able to bring most projects in on time. Of course Mother Nature also plays a vital role.


  1. Payment Schedules: Our approach to payments will not give you a heart attack. The thought of giving any contractor 1/3 of $150,000 project would make anyone nervous. Most contractors manage their businesses poorly and need to have that “front loaded” payment to pay for the sins of their last poorly run project. Eventually their businesses fail and yet another contractor horror story is born. Our payment schedule requires just a nominal binder (usually 3%-5%) upon contract signing. All other payments are commensurate with the amount of materials supplied and labor performed. Your dollars should pay for your job and your job only. The payment schedule can be flexible as long as your concerns are legitimate and reasonable.


  1. Change Management: All projects invariably undergo changes. How they are handled is what matters. Any costs associated with changes are discussed prior to execution and are fully documented on a HomeTime form. Myself, my project manager and the client all receive a copy so there is never a “He said, she said” situation. These Change Orders (AWA’s) also apply to non cost items such as material selections or production procedures. This is a very important protocol and helps the project run smoothly and on schedule.

A note on existing violations: HomeTime will assume that your home is up to code and that no existing violations are present. This will not always be the case. The law requires that these violations be addressed. If such a situation arises, HomeTime will present you with the proper procedure and associated costs (by AWA) to remedy the problem. You are not required to use HomeTime. By all means feel free to go elsewhere.



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