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How Much Does Remodeling Cost (In Southeast Michigan)? Part 2

I tallied up every job we completed in the year 2014, and arranged them by subject to show you a guideline of how much you can expect to spend when you decide to undertake a remodeling project. You can see the low end, the high end, and the averages for each category. For an exact quote on your project, contact us at (586) 777-6633 !







Note: Some of our customers replace a few windows at a time, and some do the whole house at once.





Note: a Minor Kitchen or Minor Bath project is one in which the layout is not rearranged – plumbing is not moved – complete tear-out does not take place. These projects include things like cabinet replacing or refacing, new countertops, new flooring, tub to shower conversion, etc.

Why We Don’t Email Quotes or Leave Them in the Mailbox

About once a month we receive a call from someone asking us:

“Can you please stop by my home, give me a roof quote, and then leave it in the mailbox?”

The short answer is no.

The long answer is, yes, we’d love to work with you to develop an accurate quote for replacing your roof. But just looking at your current roof is not going to give us all the information we need to develop that quote. There are many different types of roofs! What about insulation, gutters, etc? We need to meet with the homeowner one-on-one to have these important discussions and show them all of their options.

For kitchens and bathroom quotes, we often times will gather sample boards around our showroom, and develop an on-screen presentation to show the client, all things that cannot be relayed adequately through email. Our preference is for the client to visit our showroom for the second meeting, where the proposal will be discussed.

Still, many clients request that we “just email the quote”. All you will be getting that way is some technical verbage, some drawings, and a price. You will either love it or hate it, and if it is not perfect, you might dismiss us as a company.

If you were here in the showroom, however, we could take everything you didn’t love, and make revisions right there! Price too high? We can show you alternate materials to help save money. Everything is right here. We understand when clients cannot make it to our showroom for different reasons, and we will gladly come back to you, bringing as many samples as we can, but emailing quotes just does not make sense 99% of the time. It is just too impersonal. We put so much time and effort into developing these quotes, we do not like to simply press “send” and shoot off a PDF to you, we want to show off all the details!

Of course there are always exceptions. Some of our customers live out of state, and others have unique needs that we gladly fulfill. I just wanted to express the reasons you should let us go over the quote with you, if you are able to. You will definitely find it beneficial, and our time and advice are always free!

Plan for the Unexpected Before Beginning Your Remodeling Project

If the unexpected did not happen, there would be no insurance industry.  Remodeling is like anything else – something unexpected will alwayshappen, often incurring extra cost.  Examples of the unexpected are:

Perhaps the inspector will require an upgrade that was not in the original contract.  If the insulation rating in the walls goes up in July, and you got your permit in May, a field inspector may require you to make this change to meet current code.  Surprise!

Perhaps the previous homeowners did a remodel and left abandoned pipes or heat ducts in the walls or ceiling.  There is no way the contractor, architect or inspector would know this until the wall is opened.  Surprise!

Perhaps the eletrical circuits are hooked together poorly, requiring you to put the kitchen on its own circuit or reorganize the panel.  Or if you have added electrical circuits your panel may be full and need to be upgraded. Surprise!

Perhaps after you start a project, the contractor suddenly notices a hairline crack in an upstairs wall, and discovers that the homeowner had cut a main support beam downstairs to make room for a heating duct.  The Contractor will have to add a beam support and jack up the sag.  Surprise!

There is no way to avoid the unexpected.  But knowing that it will occur will reduce your stress and save you from unreasonable expectations.  Surprises should not be surprising!

At Kopke Remodeling & Design, we use our many years of experience working with different types of homes, to predict as many potential surprises as possible before they happen, and plan for them in advance.  We very rarely “upcharge” the customer for “unforeseen issues” after the contract is signed, which is one reason why our estimates may be higher than some of our competitors who are no strangers to this “tactic”.

Choose a Remodeling Company with an Interior Designer

As a consumer, many ideas may come to mind prior to picking a company for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. If you want to make sure to incorporate some or all of those ideas into your plan, it is important that you are dealing with a remodeling company that has an Interior Designer on staff. There are countless complicated issues that can arise during kitchen and bath projects which require design, planning for hidden obstacles, color, form and function. Many of these things cannot be properly addressed with just any old contractor.

An Interior Designer is able to eliminate much confusion and bring clarity to a project. Explaining your ideas to your Designer, he/she is able to see your needs and this will enable the designer to bring forth a more functional design plan to address these needs. He/She is also able to incorporate the latest design trends along with his/her unique vision. This in turn will bring a one-of-a-kind, yet timeless design to your newly remodeled space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.