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.

Essential Things to Consider Before Hiring Your Contractor

If you are looking to remodel your home in Tampa Bay or St. Petersburg, finding a reliable and experienced contractor can be the difference between peace of mind and sleepless nights. Our team at Rossi Construction have put together a list of the top things to consider and look for when hiring a contractor.

Have a Solid Vision for Your Space

Spend time researching trends and timeless touches you would like to incorporate into the remodel. Explore what kinds of looks and architectural elements you might be interested in adding as well. By have a solid grasp on what you are looking for in your remodel, you can then compare the work of the contractors you will meet with later.

Compare Rates as Well as Quality

A general number is to compare at least three local contractors before deciding on one to renovate your home. Your goal with this tip is to determine how they stack up against one another. This will give you a clearer idea of the costs and budget required, as well as the caliber of work each contractor can produce. As an example, one contractor might bid a low rate that might equate to low quality work, while a higher bid usually suggests top notch quality. Use this information and your research to determine where you fall on the spectrum, and what will meet your project’s needs as well as your standards.

Do Your Research to Determine if the Contractor is a Good Fit

While contractors of all specializations use the title of contractor, there are subcategories within the industry. Some are considered specialists and some generalists. So, seek to ensure their experience and abilities align with what your goals are for your renovation. The top things to look for when reading reviews and looking over their business website are: Do you see a similarity in their past projects and what you are looking for in yours? Do they exhibit quality workmanship and use quality materials? Do their reviews reflect consistent high levels of client satisfaction?

Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

From establishing a start and completion date, detailing information about building fees and required permits, an explanation for what services are covered (demolition, labor, equipment, etc.) and the consequences of a default by their business – the fine print holds the details. Noting the fine print is especially important for the terms of default as it can include things such as the unexpected departure of a subcontractor or an array of other unforeseen challenges. Be sure you are clearly excluded from liability in these instances and look for contractors who have their terms laid out in a fair and easy to understand manner.

How We Can Help

Rossi Construction has proudly served Florida’s Tampa Bay area for almost two decades. We have helped homeowners create or re-invent their space into one they are proud to come home to. Feel free to reach out and request a consultation to discuss the topics mentioned above! If you are interested in more home remodeling inspiration, head over to our gallery to check out some of our recent work.  We look forward to speaking with you and seeing how we can make your home remodeling dream a reality.

Tips to Stay Within Your Kitchen Renovation Budget

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

It’s no secret that your kitchen is a fantastic choice when deciding where to upgrade your home. From a mini-make over to a full-scale revamp, not only does a kitchen remodel improve you and your families lives, but your resale value will dramatically increase.  But where to start when planning and designing your kitchen renovation? We are here to help. Since 2000, we at Rossi construction have been helping folks throughout the Tampa Bay area create the kitchen of their dreams – and we have learned a few things along the way. Here are the top 5 things to consider before taking on the exciting endeavor of renovating your kitchen.

What is Your Budget?

A common first consideration when taking on a large home improvement project. It is easy to start out with good intentions, but there are commonly overlooked considerations that come into play drafting your expense list. The first step to ensuring you stay within your budget begins with planning your renovation. The surest way to spend more than is necessary is to make changes after construction and remodeling gets underway. This in one reason why is it considered best practice to consult with and professional, because we can ensure all aspects of the remodel are detailed and priced out beforehand.

Secondly, another common expense is unforeseen structural or electrical damage that requires upgrades to complete the renovation. Our team of professionals can help you budget for the unexpected and help with a pre-renovation inspection to determine the likelihood of these sorts of challenges.

Finally, consider the overall value of your home. A kitchen remodel is considered the best investment when it comes to reselling your home. A recent study found that an average $15,000 renovation saw a return value of roughly 93%. Further, a kitchen generally accounts for 10-15% of a home’s value. With this information in mind, you should seek to prioritize what changes will have the largest impact on the space and maintain or even increase the value of your home.

Establish Your Splurge-Worthy Investments

Have you been eyeing that side-by-side refrigerator? Or envision marble countertops in your upgraded kitchen? Start researching the big-ticket expenses for your remodel and look into customer reviews. This will help you get a feel for not only the quality of top items on your list, but the price. Pricing out appliances is another area where having an experienced professional on hand can be helpful. From evaluating energy costs to planning out how the space will look cohesively, we can help keep with in your budget while still building out the kitchen to your specifications.

Do You Know Who You Are Hiring?

As mentioned, your contractor will play a huge role in ensuring you stay with in your budget and that your kitchen vision is realized. For this reason, is it essential that you are hiring someone who clearly understands your hopes for your remodel. From ensuring your contractor is insured to establishing a realistic and feasible budget and creating a workable timeline the right contractor can make all the difference. Finally, check out their previous work. What better way to determine if a contractor is a good fit than letting their work speak for itself? From residential, to commercial, we at Rossi construction have designed, managed and built out kitchen renovations in the Tampa Bay area of all kinds.

Let’s Get Your Kitchen Renovation Plans Underway 

To learn more about how we can help you begin your kitchen or home remodel, feel free to contact us for more information about our services. If you are searching for some renovation inspiration, have a look at few of our previous projects. We look forward to working with you and turning your kitchen into one you’ll never want to leave!

Tampa Construction Firm Now Hiring Lead Carpenters

Rossi Construction, Inc. Fall 2016 Home Improvement Projects

Rossi Construction LogoRossi Construction, Inc. is a fast growing construction company doing business around the Tampa Bay area. We are currently looking for small construction business owners who are tired of working for themselves and dealing with the headaches that go along with being a business owner. We are looking for owners who enjoy the hands on part of their business, people who like to work with their hands and run a job site. We are looking for people with extensive experience in bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

We are currently looking for working Superintendents/Lead Carpenters. A Superintendent/ Lead Carpenter is a craftsman with extensive skill and experience level, able to manage job sites with multiple employees and trade contractors. We are looking for skilled craftsmen with experience on how to effectively complete projects on time and under budget. We want people who move quickly and effectively to get the job done correctly the first time.

Previous Job Experience Required

A Superintendent/Lead Carpenter must have a minimum of seven years in all phases of residential construction and supervisory experience. The ideal candidate will have owned and operated their own construction business in the past.

Knowledge Required to Successfully Execute the Job

The candidate will possess extensive knowledge of residential construction, residential remodeling, construction practices, construction procedures, construction techniques, tools, equipment, materials, specifications, quality control, safety and applicable building codes. The candidate must also possess experience in drywall installation, drywall finishing, tile installation, cabinet installation, plumbing, electrical, metal framing and wood framing.

The candidate will also be proficient in:

  • Blueprint reading;
  • Layout;
  • Framing;
  • Project completion;
  • Change order experience;
  • Project scheduling;
  • The ability to communicate details to employees and others.

Preference will be given to anyone also conveying skill in:

  • Mathematics;
  • Problem solving;
  • Organizational skills.

This is a hands-on position, in which the Superintendent/Lead Carpenter will be require to build the project with their hands as well as ensure that trades and materials are scheduled and that the project comes in on time and on budget. If your skills match our requirements, please express your interest for the position by submitting your work history.

Rossi Construction is dedicated to quality as a result we are looking for team players who are hardworking, dedicated, loyal people who take pride in their work. We want people who consider themselves artisans in their trades.

Rossi Construction is a full service construction company specializing in Design-Build. Our projects take us from New Construction both residential and commercial to kitchen & bath remodels as well as other home improvement needs.

We offer qualified employees an excellent benefits package. Rossi Construction is a drug free work place.

To submit your application, please visit our online application page.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is now hiring Lead Carpenters

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a fast growing construction company doing business around the Tampa Bay area. We are currently looking for small construction business owners who are tired of working for themselves and dealing with the headaches that go along with being a business owner. We are looking for owners who enjoy the hands on part of their business, people who like to work with their hands and run a job site. We are looking for people with extensive experience in bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

We are currently looking for working Superintendents/Lead Carpenters. A Superintendent/ Lead Carpenter is a craftsman with extensive skill and experience level, able to manage job sites with multiple employees and trade contractors. We are looking for skilled craftsmen with experience on how to effectively complete projects on time and under budget. We want people who move quickly and effectively to get the job done correctly the first time.

Previous Job Experience Required

A Superintendent/Lead Carpenter must have a minimum of seven years in all phases of residential construction and supervisory experience. The ideal candidate will have owned and operated their own construction business in the past.

Knowledge Required to Successfully Execute the Job

The candidate will possess extensive knowledge of residential construction, residential remodeling, construction practices, construction procedures, construction techniques, tools, equipment, materials, specifications, quality control, safety and applicable building codes. The candidate must also possess experience in drywall installation, drywall finishing, tile installation, cabinet installation, plumbing, electrical, metal framing and wood framing.

The candidate will also be proficient in:

  • Blueprint reading;
  • Layout;
  • Framing;
  • Project completion;
  • Change order experience;
  • Project scheduling;
  • The ability to communicate details to employees and others.

Preference will be given to anyone also conveying skill in:

  • Mathematics;
  • Problem solving;
  • Organizational skills.

This is a hands-on position, in which the Superintendent/Lead Carpenter will be require to build the project with their hands as well as ensure that trades and materials are scheduled and that the project comes in on time and on budget. If your skills match our requirements, please express your interest for the position by submitting your work history.

Rossi Construction is dedicated to quality as a result we are looking for team players who are hardworking, dedicated, loyal people who take pride in their work. We want people who consider themselves artisans in their trades.

Rossi Construction is a full service construction company specializing in Design-Build. Our projects take us from New Construction both residential and commercial to kitchen & bath remodels as well as other home improvement needs.

We offer qualified employees an excellent benefits package. Rossi Construction is a drug free work place.

To submit your application, please visit our online application page.

Rossi Construction, Inc. Selected for Best of Brandon Award

Best of Brandon

Best of BrandonTampa residential remodeling specialty company, Rossi Construction, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it had been selected for the 2014 Best of Brandon Award in the Custom Home Builders category by the Brandon Award Program.

Each year, the program finds companies that they believe succeeded in achieving marketing success in the local community and their specific business category.  All nominees are local companies that build the positive image tied to small business through positive service to their regular customers and local community.  These companies help make the local area a better place to live, work and play.

The Brandon Award Program collected and analyzed a number of sources of information in order to find winners in each business category.  The 2014 Brandon Award Program focuses specifically on the idea of quality, not quantity in the way a business accomplishes its goals.  Winners are actually determined based upon internally gathered info by the Brandon Award Program and certain third parties.

About the Award Program:

The Brandon Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brandon area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brandon Award Program was put in place to recognize the top local businesses in our community.  The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About Rossi Construction, Inc.:

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in the Tampa Bay area.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design in Tampa FL since 1979.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

Use These Tips to Hire the Best General Contractor in Tampa

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contractFinding the right Tampa general contractor can be a difficult decision—you’re placing a lot of trust in the person you ultimately decide to go with, and you want to make sure that you’ve chosen someone that is both reliable and good fit. Thankfully, making this choice doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark—there are some tips and strategies that make picking a winner much easier. If you’re currently in the process of selecting a general contractor or will be using one in the future, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.  Continue reading “Use These Tips to Hire the Best General Contractor in Tampa”

Renovating a Small Bathroom

Think of any old home and all you can picture is a 5’ x 8’ bathroom!  That tends to be a little cramped!  New homes these days have a guest bathroom or an oversized closet this size.  It is important to keep your bathroom beautiful without going overboard on the budget!  So, how can you manage this seemingly impossible task of meshing style and affordability!?

Not to worry, it will not take a ton of cash or lots of space to create a bathroom that radiates peace and tranquility.  All you need are some ideas, a creative general contractor from Rossi Construction, Inc. and planning.  With great colors, the right lighting and scaling down hardware, you will be able to create the illusion of a spacious bathroom.

Hit the ground with a smart plan and you are on your way to a wow-worthy bathroom remodeling project!  Here are some tips to employ before you start the remodeling.

Tips for remodeling a small bathroom:

Bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand.  A one-of-a-kind sink, a granite countertop and the like can add to the costs quicker than you can say “over budget.”  Here are pointers that should be part of your plan when you start bathroom renovation project.

Do not be afraid to have a budget!

This sounds like common sense, right?  Still, people do not usually consider the financial implications until the very end of the bathroom redesign project and they are unable to handle the debt.  Figure out what you want to spend your money on and make a compromise with the things you can afford at the start of your project.  Have someone from Rossi Construction, Inc. sit with you while the calculations are completed, so the two of you can agree on all that needs to be completed.

Leave the plumbing where it started!

The sink, shower and toilet are always best left in their original position.  It may look easy to make the move, but it will involve a lot of work to modify and move the plumbing to new sites.  A plumbing move may even involve work on the walls and additional rooms within your home.  This can be too much work and you will need to spend much of your budget to get the move completed.  Spend the money on other, more important fixtures and fittings.

Add bigger, better lights!

Try adding sconces on either side of a vanity mirror.  Do not forget to add a dimmer, they come in handy when it is time to relax in the bath.

Ventilate the bathroom!

A vented exhaust fan is a must for smaller bathrooms.  Way too much moisture can age fixtures and fittings, which can put all of your renovation efforts to waste.

Try these small bathroom remodeling ideas to make sure that the end result is pleasing to look at and affordable as well.  Contact the Rossi Construction, Inc. specialists at 813.436.0177 to set an appointment for a free bathroom remodeling consultation.

Designing a Fun and Creative Kitchen!

Kitchen designers have seen it all, from too much stainless-steel to poor quality cabinetry.  Here are a few dos and don’ts of kitchen design and remodeling.

Do:  Have an element that is fun or creative.

Don’t:  Decide that it is a good idea to be boring.

The best kitchens have a spirit that is warm, inviting and personal.  Every project is a chance to do something new and creative.  It is not just a matter of interesting cabinets and countertop choices, the entire room should give off its own music.  Adhering to this principle, you could update an old kitchen to maintain the existing architecture of the room, while adding some tongue-in-cheek features that illustrate your sense of humor.

Do:  Use cabinetry to hide some of your appliances.

Don’t:  Go nuts with stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel can be a beautiful accent.  However, as with any good design, there needs to be a rhythm with the placement.  Splashes of stainless-steel all over the kitchen make the room feel choppy and small.  You may want to consider something like white cabinetry instead, as it will create a more room-like and livable feel for the kitchen.  Also use care when adding giant stainless-steel refrigerators, because they can quickly overpower a redesign if it is not balanced.

Do:  Allow yourself some space to breathe.

Don’t:  Go nuts with storage and fill an entire wall with cabinets.

There is really no need to completely fill a kitchen with cabinets.  A great layout is a balancing act between storage, function and appearance.

Our kitchen designers have seen it all, and can help you avoid making mistakes that will make your kitchen look a bit silly.  Call Rossi Construction, Inc. today at 813.436.0177 to get a free consultation set, and we will make your kitchen come together!