Q. Where do I begin a construction process?
First, you need to decide what does not meet your home needs. Don't
concentrate so much on the physical aspects of your home that you are
unhappy with, but rather answers like We're tired of going to the
basement to do the laundry or We find the kitchen to be cramped come
meal time. Collect magazine articles, pictures, and other materials that
will help you decide exactly what changes you have in mind. Also look
at features of friends and neighbors houses that you particularly like
and imagine how they could be incorporated into your project. Once you
have stated your needs, the employees at Cisney & O'Donnell, Inc.
will be able to help provide a solution.
Once you have decided on
what needs fixed or added, often times you will need to find a plat
map of your property. A plat map is a drawing that shows all lot lines
with bearing and distance, occasionally including existing buildings
and other useful information needed to obtain a building permit. You
probably got a copy of a Certified Survey Map in your closing documents
when you closed on your property. If you cannot find this document you
may need to have one created by a certified surveyor so that we may use
it to produce the necessary drawings for your permit.
Q. How do I decide on a budget?
One way to create a budget for your home improvement project would be
to find out what the homes in your neighborhood are currently selling
for. The difference between the current selling price for these homes
and the price you paid for your house should be an indication of how
much you could spend on the project and get your money back if you were
to move within the next few years. If you plan to stay where you are
for more than three or four years this becomes less of a concern.Q. Are estimates free?
For the most part the only chargeable estimates are those pertaining
to insurance claims. Some insurance companies have a policy where they
will compensate you for estimates, the best thing to do would be to
ask.Q. How should I finance my project?
Financing can come from various sources. You can use savings,
liquidate investments, borrow against retirement funds, or use one of
the many options from a full-service bank.Q. Will we be able to live in our home during construction?
Typically you will be able to live in your home during remodeling or
addition projects. Cisney & O'Donnell, Inc. will discuss the details
entailed with the project prior to each phase, and workers will aim to
minimize disruption of your routines caused by construction.