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Choosing the Right Home Remodeling Contractor in Los Angeles
A well-planned home remodeling project can revitalize the aesthetics of your home, make rooms more functional, and add value to your most precious asset. In short, remodeling can help you create your dream home.
Unlike a simple renovation to update interior design features like flooring, fixtures, and wall color or texture, remodeling is usually more extensive. It might involve removing load-bearing walls, raising ceilings, changing the configuration of a space, or expanding the square footage of the home with room additions.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, for example, you might decide to change the layout of the space to make food preparation easier or even reconfigure the entire floor plan to make the kitchen flow seamlessly into a living area.
Whatever you envision for your home, hiring a reputable remodeling company is everything.
Half of homeowners say they have had a negative experience with their contractor or home remodeling project.
Our free service removes the anxiety of finding a great contractor. We personally match you with general contractors who have gone through our rigorous 10-point vetting process, and we offer guidance and support throughout your project—from start to finish.
Don’t take chances on just any contractor. Let us help you find the best match for your project.
Home Remodeling Tips for Homeowners
There’s no shortage of home remodeling contractors in Southern California. Yet, it’s hard to find a good one that performs quality work, and too many SoCal residents end up unsatisfied with their contractor. Our mission at GreatBuildz is to help you avoid the same fate.
These tips can help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Determine your budget. Cost overruns are a huge problem with home remodeling projects. Set aside some time to research how much homeowners in your area paid for similar remodeling projects. This will help you establish a realistic budget.
Figure out what features you want. Make a list of your project must-haves, whether you’re updating your kitchen and bathroom or considering whole-house remodeling. Give the list to any remodeling company you’re considering. This way, every estimate will be based on the same factors.
Get three estimates. Reach out to at least three general contractors for estimates. This will help you identify overpriced contractors but also companies that underprice their services because they cut corners.
Never pay more than a small deposit. If your contractor pressures you into paying a large deposit, this is a red flag. In California, contractors can’t legally ask for more than a $1,000 deposit. If a contractor asks for more, they are violating the law.
Don’t be afraid to walk away. If you’re seeing worrying signs from a prospective contractor, it’s ok to walk away. Signs of trouble include aggressive sales tactics, taking too long to return calls or texts, and reluctance to answer questions.
Always check that a contractor has a clean license and active insurance. Ask them for a copy of their General Liability and Workers Comp insurance certificate. Also, make sure to call or email a contractor’s refences to ensure their previous clients were happy with their work.
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Home Remodeling Contractors in Los Angeles, CA
Scouring contractor websites and sifting through dozens or even hundreds of online reviews is exhausting. Worse, it won’t necessarily help you find the best contractor.
Online reviews and testimonials can give you some insight into customer experience, but bogus reviews are a widespread problem. Don’t choose a contractor simply because they have a sleek website—or slick marketing tactics.
GreatBuildz will help you find a vetted contractor with a portfolio of satisfied clients. With us in your corner, you can rest easy knowing you’ve hired a true professional.
Why Use GreatBuildz for Your Los Angeles Home Remodeling Project?
GreatBuildz is not an algorithm or an app. We’re a team of real life humans committed to helping you bring your home improvement project to life. We don’t just give you a list of phone numbers and then disappear. We provide personalized support throughout your home renovation.
Every contractor GreatBuildz works with is licensed and insured and has passed a 10-point vetting process. We check each contractor’s background, references, work experience, and more, and we require that contractors commit to our code of conduct.
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Call us at 818-317-3567 to start the process of finding a trustworthy full-service home remodeling contractor in Los Angeles, Ventura, or Orange County. We’ve built our reputation on providing exceptional customer service and connecting homeowners with top-rated professionals.
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Home Remodeling FAQs
How long should it take to get an estimate from a contractor?
Depending on the complexity of the project and the busyness of the contractor, you should expect a bid in 2-14 days. A simple project without architectural plans should take 2-5 days. A complex project with plans and multiple trades will likely take 7-14 days.
How many estimates should I get?
You should always get at least three contractor bids, so that you can compare the prices and the scope that’s included in each estimate. Before you’re truly able to compare bids, you’ll need to make sure they all include the exact same scope – for both labor and materials.
What should a contractors estimate include?
A contractor’s estimate should be inclusive of every item that’s involved in completing the project you’re hiring them to do. This includes labor, rough materials, overhead, clean-up, etc. With regard to finish materials, a contractors bid should clearly state whether they or the client are purchasing each material item and the approx. cost allowance.
Can you negotiate price with contractors?
Yes, to a certain extent, you can negotiate with a contractor on their bid. If a contractor has no further ability to reduce their price, you can tell them your total budget and ask them for ideas to reduce the project costs/scope to meet your budget.
How do I redesign my house?
The first step in starting a home redesign is planning and budgeting to determine the extent of the remodel. You need to understand the cost of each various project in order to plan for the projects you can afford.
Is renovating an old house worth it?
An older house could be significantly more expensive to renovate if the home’s systems have never been upgraded. Additionally, you are more likely to find ‘unfortunate’ surprises when opening the walls of an older home, and this will lead to increased remodel costs. That being said, it is typically more economical to upgrade your home instead of buying a new one!
Is it cheaper to gut a house or rebuild?
If the house is built on a solid, modern foundation and the framing of the home is in good shape, it’s likely that gutting the home will be cheaper than rebuilding from scratch. By gutting the home, you’ll be saving the foundation, framing, subfloor, and roof trusses.
What does a gutted house mean?
To gut a house generally means to demolish everything in the house until you’re left with just the foundation, the wall framing, sub-floor framing, and roof/attic structure. Gutting a house implies replacing all the systems: electrical, plumbing, gas, HVAC, etc.
What is the first thing to do when remodeling a house?
The very first thing to do when renovating a house is to start with planning the remodel and drawing out preliminary design plans. For a full list of steps involved in remodeling a house from start to finish, check out this blog: https://www.greatbuildz.com/blog/whole-house-remodel-tips-los-angeles/
What does it cost to renovate a house?
The average cost to remodel or renovate a house in Los Angeles or Southern California will range from $100/sf to $300/sf. See the following blog for breakdown of costs depending on the scope of your project: https://www.greatbuildz.com/blog/2020-los-angeles-remodel-cost-guide/
What is considered a major remodel?
A major remodel on a home encompasses rebuilding or renovating more than just one room or one house system. So, this may include plumbing, electrical, drywall, paint, etc. Alternatively, a major remodel might include renovating multiple rooms like bathrooms and a kitchen.
What is a minor renovation?
A minor renovation is a small home project that doesn’t affect multiple rooms or require rebuilding major home systems. A single bathroom remodel might be considered a minor renovation. Replacing your flooring and painting the walls would also be a minor renovation.
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