November 11, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

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We may not know the answer to life the universe and everything (actually that’s 42) but here are some of the most common home remodeling questions we get asked. If you have a question and don’t find the answer here please give us a call, we’re here to help.

Are You Licensed and Insured?

Yes we are. We are state certified residential contractors (License # CRC1331326). We carry workers comp insurance, a $1,000,000 General Liability Policy and match Commercial Auto policy.

How long have you been in the remodeling business

I was an architecture student in college (University of Florida) when I started my own painting company to help cover the costs of tuition etc… After college I continued running the painting company and slowly expanded into home repairs. I then attended various trade schools to learn new skills and ultimately found that I most enjoyed kitchen and bath remodeling.

In 2006 I got my contractors license and started specializing in Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling. In 2016 I opened our kitchen and bath showroom, hired a designer and because a design/build company.

How do we get started working with McManus Kitchen and Bath?

It usually starts with a phone conversation about the project. We like to get a sense of the scope of the project, the budget and start / finish window. We can usually give you a rough idea of costs over the phone so that we can make sure your budget expectations are realistic.

Next we schedule an appointment for a detailed estimate and design. An typical estimate requires a 60 minute home visit where we’ll take measurements and discuss your project further. After the home visit we’ll schedule a time for you to come in the showroom where we will create your Good Better Best budget together.

After you approve your budget we will schedule your first design meeting.

How long does a typical project take?

Kitchen remodels typically take 5 to 8 weeks. Bathroom remodels from 3 to 6 weeks. But that’s just the actual on site work.

If you count from the very first phone call to the completion of the project it can take 2 to 5 months. The process is usually broken down into three parts, planning, ordering and construction.  

  1. The planning period includes initial meetings to discuss scope of work and budget, making selections, and drawing up initial plans. That can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. 
  2. After the planning phase comes the ordering phase in which all of the selection that were made during planning are ordered. This can anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks as companies often need to make custom pieces and ship from all over the country.
  3. Once all of the materials have arrived the on-site construction begins and that process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending the on the size of the job.

How much does a typical bathroom remodeling project cost?

A typical hall bathroom remodel will cost anywhere from $20,000 – $30,000. A master bathroom remodel can cost $35,000 to $50,000. A powder room can cost $3,000 to $7000. Read about bathroom remodeling costs in more detail here: https://mcmanuskitchenandbath.com/bathroom-remodeling-costs-in-tallahassee-fl/

How much does a typical kitchen remodeling project cost?

A small kitchen remodel can cost $25,000 to $35,000. A mid-sized kitchen can cost $35,000 to $55,000. A large kitchen can cost $75,000 or more. You can read about kitchen remodeling costs in more detail here: https://mcmanuskitchenandbath.com/kitchen-remodeling-costs/

Can I do some of the work myself to save money?

Yes. But we prefer you take on things that are less likely to cause delays. Doing some of the demo or painting yourself can be a good way of saving money on renovations and can save two to three thousand dollars. 

Can I paint my cabinets instead of refacing?

In short the answer is yes. While refinishing or painting your cabinets is an option that refreshes the look of your kitchen or bathroom there are some risks that come with it. For more information on the difference between refinishing and refacing check out our blog-

Where will you store all of your materials? Will the jobsite be very dirty?

We provide a trailer on site for storage of our materials it also has a lock box to keep the key to your house secure. Any products that will be installed within the next few days are stored in the trailer to ensure easy access without taking up too much space.

We use the BuildClean dust control system as well as Zipwall barriers to keep the jobsite clean and liveable. Our goal is to make staying in your home during a remodel as easy of a process as possible. We keep to professional cleaning standards and try to reduce dust to an absolute minimum. For more information check out this blog- https://mcmanuskitchenandbath.com/livable-remodeling-controlling-job-site-dust-in-tallahassee/

Do I need to move out while my home is being remodeled?

Depending on the scope of work for the remodel you most likely will be able to remain in your home. We are focused on ‘livable remodeling’, keeping the jobsite clean, communicating daily about the schedule and minimizing any disruption to your lifestyle. 

 

Do I need to board my pets while my home is being remodeled?

Not necessarily, pets can stay on the premises as long as there is a plan in place to keep them safe and secure. We are often in and out of your home during the remodeling process so we cannot guarantee the closing of doors to keep pets inside. A plan for the safety of your pet can be made during the first planning meeting with us.

 

How early in the morning and late in the day does the crew work?

We understand that the remodeling process can be a long and stressful process. In an attempt to lessen some of those stresses we will arrive at the job site at 8am and leave by 5pm Monday through Friday. No work will be done on the weekends without prior consent from you and the job site will be left secure and clean when we are not there.

 

What happens to the old cabinets, countertops, fixtures, and appliances?

What happens to the products that were once in your home is often up to you. Depending on the difficulties involved in removing them old fixtures can be recycled, donated to charity organizations, reused within your home as a cost saving measure, or if they did not come out in one piece they are simply removed from the site and disposed of.  

 

When is the best time to remodel?

The remodeling process is highly personal and making sure that you are ready both physically and financially is incredibly important. The least busy time of the year to remodel is around the holidays as most people are planning to have family visit and do not want their homes to be under construction. The summer is typically the most popular time to remodel since that is when schedules free up and there aren’t other pressing financial costs.

 

Why should I choose you?

A better question is why should we chose each other? During our initial phone call and home visit we want to make sure we are the right contractor for you. If for some reason we are not we are happy to recommend you to one of our trade partner. 

We are Tallahassee’s only certified remodeling contractor with a full service kitchen and bath showroom. If you’re looking for a contractor who can manage your project from initial design and selections all the way to project completion then we could be the right choice for you. If you are looking for the cheapest options and are not concerned with jobsite cleanliness, great communication and service then you may be happier with a different contractor. 

 

 

 

 

 

What Advice would you give to someone looking to hire a contractor?

Choose a contractor that specializes in the work you need done. If you asked us to build you a new home we would most likely refer you to another contractor. We are licensed for new home construction and capable, but it is not our specialty and there are other builders in the area who could serve you better.

Similarly many builders are not experienced in the art of remodeling, especially kitchen and bath remodeling, which is complex. Each contractor will have a specialty of some kind and you want to match their talents with you needs.

Visit your local builders association website and search their director for contractors. Visit the website of the contractors that specialize in the work you need done and check their license info with the state (you should only hire licensed contractors)

Create a scope of work for the project. This can be a simple list of things you want done or it can be more detailed if you have information about the type of cabinets you want or your tile choice for example. Share the same scope of work with each contractor that bids on the project. If the scope changes, email the changes to each contractor so they can properly update their bid.

Also have budget in mind and share it with the contractor.

 

 

 

 

 

Describe a project you are fond of, how long did it take?

Our favorite projects are the ones where we can improve the layout and function of a kitchen or bath so that makes the lives of the homeowner easier. We recently renovated a master bath that was quite small and run down. The customer didn’t even use the shower any more because it was small and dirty (no matter how hard they cleaned it some of the mildew would not go away).

By moving a wall a few feet we were able not only to make the bath larger but added an entrance to make the bath accessible from both the bedroom and the family room (important because the only other bath in the house was far from the family room). So the bath went from an embarrassment to something they are proud of and get compliments on all the time. The project took 5 weeks, the homeowner did much of the demo himself and did the final painting to reduce the total costs. You can see this project in our Project Gallery:https://mcmanuskitchenandbath.com/portfolio/smart-master-bath-remodel/