Leland Moore
General Contractor
303-424-2244

FINDING the Right Contractor

Most homeowners will do some sort of remodel project on their home and will end up using a contractor at some point in time. The finding the right contractor is worth all the time and effort you can put into it, because the wrong contractor can turn your project into a very expensive nightmare. 

bullet Remember - the agony and embarrassment of a poor job will last a lot longer than the thrill of a great price.

Before you hire a contractor you don’t know, make sure to ask them for a list of references. This will help you sort out a lot of the bad apples. Good contractors will have a list of satisfied customers. Find out if they were happy with the work done.

bullet Did the contractor do the things that were promised?
bullet Was it done in a timely manner?
bullet Did the products and craftsmanship meet or exceed their expectations?
bullet Were they polite and respectful?
bullet Did they clean up after themselves?

 Remember you are considering inviting these people into your home. Daily work sight clean up should be expected.  And perhaps the most important question is

bullet  DID THE CONTACTOR FULFILL THE “CONTRACT” AT THE CONTRACTED PRICE.

All too often we hear the words “the last contractor we used was supposed to take care of that but did not”.

A good contractor will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate for the project you are considering.

bullet BEWARE OF ”CONTRACTORS” THAT CAN PRODUCE AN INSTANTANEOUS ESTIMATE AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT FOR A JOB OF ANY CONSIDERABLE SIZE. 

A good contractor will meet with you to discuss your project and view the property. They will then do any necessary research, draw up a design plan for the project and prepare a detailed estimate for you based on that plan.

HIRE A LICENSED AND INSURED CONTRACTOR. A favorite ploy of the unlicensed is to claim that permits won’t be required for your project. Some jobs do not require permits but that’s no excuse for them not to be licensed. If they are incapable of passing the basic testing and requirements to become licensed, what do you suppose their other shortcomings are. Also it never hurts to check with the city and/or county and see if there are any impending actions against the licensed contractor.

When interviewing a contractor you should trust your instincts. Be suspicious of evasive answers to questions or a lot of excuses. I often hear from prospective clients that the other contractors they have been talking to have advised them not to use a certain type of product. That could be good advice or it could be that product is not available to them. This is a red flag. Good contractors will have access to all products on the market that the customer is interested in exploring for their project. If the contractor tries to steer you away from a particular product, such as Granite or Quartz counter tops, it may because he/she does not have access to that product.

There's a differences between sales people and a general contractor. You will find that most General Contractors are well versed on all phases of construction and remodel. They achieve this level of expertise through years of hands on experience. Sales people are well versed at gaining your trust and a little less versed on any construction details. You will typically find them to have an unusual amount of product knowledge specific to the products and brands they have to offer which they will be able to substantiate through brochures and flyers provided by the product manufacturers. Sales people in the construction industry are typically taught to sell on product recognition. As you might imagine this is a great thing for product manufacturers but not necessarily for the product end users like yourself. Most sales people generally do not have the background and knowledge to work all phases of construction. Remodel projects are complex. Many times during a project you will uncover a hidden defect within your home that needs to be addressed before the project can be completed. A General Contractor will have the expertise to address problems as they arise – a sales person will not. Who do you want in charge of your next home remodeling project?

We hope this information will assist you when

selecting a contractor for your Home Remodeling Project.

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Department of Energy
Assistant Secretary
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

R-Value Recommendations for Existing Buildings

Heating System: Natural Gas Furnace
Cooling System: Electric Air Conditioning
First 3 digits of ZIP code: 802
Location: Denver, CO

Insulation Location R-Value* Notes
Attic

38

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Wood frame wall cavity

13

Blow insulation into any uninsulated exterior wall cavity.
Floor

30

Over unheated, uninsulated space.
Crawl space wall

25

Crawl space walls are only insulated if the crawl space is unvented and the floor above the crawl space is uninsulated.
Basement wall interior

11

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Insulative sheathing on empty wall

5

Recommendation assumes that the exterior siding was removed for other purpose, i.e., does not include any consideration of the cost of removing and replacing the exterior siding.
Add insulative sheathing to R11 wall

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Permits

 

The Risks of Doing a Home Addition or Renovation Project without Pulling Permits 

 For the experienced do-it-yourselfer, the days of just picking up your hammer and starting a home addition, deck or home remodeling project are coming to an end. It is critical that you first make your municipality aware of your building or remodeling intentions.

 Municipalities are increasingly cracking down on the weekend DIY or unlicensed contractors doing construction without permits. You as a homeowner need to protect yourself against possible future lawsuits, and to maximize your property tax revenue. If you do not contact them, be assured someone else in your neighborhood will, so before you have legal problems and fines to contend with, it is best to contact them first.

 Also note that besides legal issues and fines associated with not pulling permits, municipalities also can require the destruction of the home addition, deck or remodel.

 There are federal, state and local building codes that municipalities require in residential construction, remodel etc. These codes are in place not only to protect the occupants of the home, but others living near or around the home from fire, collapsed framing construction, electrical shock and many other dangers that can occur when a home or home addition is not constructed properly.

 These codes also serve to protect the investment in your home. Most of today's home buyers request a home inspection as part of the purchase and sales agreement. If a home inspection determines your home addition or renovation project does not meet home construction codes, then chances are the buyers will renege on their offer and rightfully so.

 To ultimately sell your home you will probably need to bring your home addition or home renovation project up to legal building codes. As a result, you will wind up ultimately spending more money in the end on the project by not pulling the permits during the pre-construction phase.

 The other advantage in pulling the appropriate permits on a new addition, deck or home renovation project is that you enable your project to be regularly checked during the construction by the local building inspector. As a result, you can feel more comfortable knowing that the project not only meets the national and local building codes, but is also safe and your financial investment is protected.

 The costs of building permits are quite minor, relative to the total cost of a home addition, deck or home renovation project, and consequently there should be no excuse not to pull them. Yes the permit process may force you to use licensed contractors that you had previously no intention in hiring, but again this cost is peanuts compared to a cease and desist, or deconstruct order from the town city or county.

 Not pulling permits on a home addition project is loaded with danger and liabilities, and the liabilities can last the life of the home addition. Consequently, if you are planning to build an addition, deck or do a home renovation, always go to your local municipal building department first and determine what permits you will need. For the DIY, in some cases you may be able to pull the permits yourself, and in other cases a licensed contractor will need to pull them for you.

 

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Leland Moore
General Contractor
303-424-2244

Licensed & Insured

Finishing your projects on time and within budget. We would love the opportunity to make you our next satisfied customer.

WE HAVE THE BEST TO OFFER FOR ALL AREAS OF YOUR HOME
QUARTZ & GRANITE COUNTER TOPS- KITCHENS- BATHROOMS- ROOM ADDITIONS-DECKS-PATIO COVERS-SUNROOMS-BASEMENT FINISH-HARDWOOD FLOORING-CERAMIC TILE-ROOFING-WINDOWS-SIDING & MUCH MORE

   We would love the opportunity to make you the next satisfied customer.

  Call Leland Moore To Get That Project Started Today

303-424-2244

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