Home Show Exhibitor Spotlight: WolffHager Contracting and Development

1.  Selecting the right contractor for your project is integral.  Focus on someone who communicates well, responds to e-mails and calls in a timely manner, helps with design, game plan and execution, and has extensive experience along with trustworthy referrals.  Make sure they are licensed and bonded.  When comparing contractors, be certain you are comparing apples to apples.

2.  Throughout the building and remodeling process, you will be making many decisions.  Make decisions early and often.  Delayed decisions and changes delay the work schedule.  Also, avoid being a distraction to your project…time is money.

3.  Have your contractor purchase the materials.  They tend to get better pricing and should pass on the savings to you when they can.  Don’t cut corners and don’t put lipstick on a pig.

4.  Choose improvements that will add value to your home to maximize the biggest return on your investment, for example: kitchens, bathrooms and front door curb appeal.

5.  Depending on the scope of work, make plans to be out of the house for a period of time.  Projects such as sanding floors, furnace shut off for HVAC work and large additions may require you to relocate; be sure to keep children and pets out of harm’s way.  There will be dust and noise, without a doubt.

6.  Get ideas for your design by going through photos on Houzz, Pinterest and magazines.  Any guidance you can pass along to your contractor regarding the look you want will help expedite the process and bring your vision to life.

7.  Expect the unexpected.  Before you begin your renovation, work out a contingency fund for extras; we recommend 10 to 15% of the total project. There may be unforeseen costs that surface beyond anyone’s control.  You never know what’s behind the walls until you open them.

8.  When the payout is processed, no more than 50% of payment should be made up front.  Keep in mind 30% down payment is the industry standard on contracts.

9.  Have a realistic time line.  There is always a punch list at the end of a project… don’t worry.

10.  Keep your sense of humor.  There are bound to be emotional highs and lows throughout the process.  Just remember, you will love and enjoy your renovation once it’s complete.

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Founded in 2002, WolffHager Contracting and Development specializes in quality craftsmanship for new construction homes in addition to residential and commercial renovations.  Owners, Jeff Wolff and Charles Hager, together have a combined experience of over 30 years working in the construction/general contracting business. Charles is a Master Carpenter showcasing his work in several issues of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Jeff has worked with Fortune 500 companies and is certified in the construction management program, specializing in sales and design. Visit WolffHager online at www.wolffhager.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/wolffhager.

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Photo provided by Wolff Hager courtesy of Geoffrey Adler at Lofty Real Estate.