What Your Contractor Isn’t Telling You

Tampa Florida Contractor

Tampa Florida Contractor

When looking for a contractor to work on your home or business, it’s important to take your time, do your research and ask the right questions. Being in the industry for nearly two decades, we’re here to help you navigate the process.

Here are four things you should know that your contractor isn’t telling you:

You get what you pay for.

When it comes to construction, cheaper isn’t always best. You want the best quality for your home and business and your contractor wants to be able to provide you with just that. Contractors have relationships with vendors that will help save you money on big ticket items, so while the initial quote may seem high, you’ll see the difference in the work compared to others at lower price points.

I might not want to work with your tradesmen.

When you hire a contractor for a full-scale remodel or renovation, they will need to hire experts to tackle specific projects like plumbing and electric. Even though your Uncle Johnny, a licensed plumber, is a great guy – contractors have relationships with sub-contractors who they know the quality of their work, what to expect and how to best execute the task at hand. In the end, it works out in your favor.

I know how to get the job done.

While contractors won’t ask you to leave your home or business, please know it’s best if you stay out of the way and let them do their job. Even if you just want to take a peek and help where you can, it’s best to speak with the contractor as it can be considered a safety issue. Don’t worry, if you’re needed – they will reach out to you.

You should check my work history.

If you haven’t already checked out the contractor’s reviews you should. Keep in mind some people will complain about anything, but you’ll be able to get a feel for the type of business the contractor has and the quality of work based on the majority of reviews.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to ask to visit other job sites to take a look around and see how things are. Is there trash everywhere? Are employees smoking on the job? These are things you’ll want to know before they get started at your home or business.

If you’re in the process of hiring a contractor to work on your home or business, keep these things in mind. At Rossi Construction, we’re honest, trustworthy and happy to answer any questions you may have – schedule a free consultation with our team to learn more.

Ideas to consider before a bathroom remodel

Tampa Bathroom Remodeling

Tampa Bathroom RemodelingChoosing to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home is a fantastic way to modernize a part of your home and produce an interesting, relaxing and more efficient space. When planning for the bathroom remodel, it pays to ask yourself a couple of questions first.

How does my budget look?

Initially, you will need to decide how much you are interested in spending on the bathroom renovation. Developing a budget before you begin the project will provide a foundation for all planning and ensures that you do not invest more than you are capable of affording. Your budget will also prevent you from failing to complete the master bath renovation due to financial inability.

Why do I want to remodel my bathroom?

Will my focus be beauty? Do I need to make the bathroom handicap accessible? Am I remodeling to make efficient use of space? Are the proposed changes for me to enjoy, or is the end goal to increase the value of my St. Petersburg property and make my home attractive to potential buyers?

Do I have specific priorities?

When you have an idea as to how much you can spend and the main purpose of the bathroom remodel, you will want to start to prioritize the facets of the project. After accounting for what must be accomplished, like replacing cabinets that are beyond repair, think of what would be the most helpful in meeting your goals. If your attention is focused on raising the value of your home, speak with a real estate agent to confirm what kind of return you can expect on for the addition of an easy-access, ADA compliant shower.

How can I save a little money?

Reconfiguring a bathroom to meet ADA guidelines can be an expensive undertaking, but you can save money by keeping most fixtures in their original location. Redirecting electrical wiring and some plumbing can complicate matters and add unexpected expense.

How much ventilation do I need?

You will want to ensure any bathroom remodeling project includes adequate ventilation. Inability to control moisture will allow mildew and mold to quickly overtake any updates, thereby undoing the time and cash you have put into modernizing your bath.

If it is time to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa Bay area home, please give the specialists Rossi Construction a call at 813-436-0177 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Bathroom renovation checklist

Tampa Bathroom Remodeling

Tampa Bathroom RemodelingBathroom renovation is often overwhelming for a typical Tampa family. You need to decide how much you can comfortably spend, select the best products and figure out if you will be modifying the layout.

All of this happens before you call a contractor like the specialists from Rossi Construction.

To guarantee that your bathroom renovation project keeps on schedule, here is a checklist you can keep. Always remember: A successful Florida renovation project is all about the timing.

Six months before the renovation

Now is the best time for inspiration!

Determine what you want your updated Tampa bathroom to look like, rip pages out of magazines and bookmark samples so you can build either a scrapbook or a Pinterest inspiration board. Be sure to make notes about what you like in each bathroom design. As the list of compiled samples grows, flip through the photos and find the similarities and see what is out there by way of fixtures and flooring that are a good match.

Talk to a specialist from Rossi Construction.

While it is not necessary to talk to a contractor this early, it is the ideal time to open communications and get an idea as to their upcoming schedule.

Sketch your preferred bathroom layout.

It is important to plan your bathroom layout early. Think about what works and what does not work in your current bathroom layout, because a lot of St. Petersburg homes were built when families had a smaller list of “must have” features.

Do you want to move the shower or toilet, and if you do, is this practical? It is important to understand that the toilet is the most expensive thing to move in the bathroom while a shower with multiple sprayers will typically require additional rough plumbing work. Both plumbing situations will equate to more money spent.

Three months before the renovation

Finalize the project budget.

After figuring out what you can comfortably spend to remodel the bathroom, look at the number again and understand that roughly 2/3 of the money will be spent on qualified labor. If it feels like the remaining budget is too small, do not worry: Thanks to an array of flooring and fittings options, you can replicate a pricey look for less.

Call Rossi Construction to schedule an in-person meeting.

With just ninety days before the demolition, now is the time to call 813-436-0177 to schedule an appointment to meet with our team. Ask all of the questions that will be plaguing you as the demolition approaches:

  • How much will I pay at the beginning of the project?
  • How long will I be without a shower during a Tampa summer?

Two months before the renovation

Purchase all required fixtures and tiles.

Always play it safe by ordering your preferred tiles and fixtures 6 – 8 weeks before your scheduled bathroom demolition date.

One month before the renovation

Prepare for the arrival of the Rossi Construction team.

Clean the cabinets, medicine cabinet and all additional storage space. Take some time to establish a temporary preparation space where you will be able to get ready for work out of the sight of our team.

During the renovation

Try to remain patient.

If a project is delayed by a couple of days, do not get overly frustrated. If a two day delay is the only problem you experience in the entire renovation process, things are good!