Greg Smith Company Guide:
Home Remodeling & Contractor Priorities
Before you start serious planning for a home remodeling project — and before you start talking to remodeling contractors — it’s useful to define your remodeling priorities. We hope you find this guide helpful in getting the most from your home remodeling project. Also see our tips on How to Select a Remodeling Contractor.
Unless otherwise instructed in a question, establish your priorities assuming you can afford to do the project and use the remodeler(s) you are considering. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Instead, these questions will help you clarify what matters most to you and to see your priorities in ways you may not otherwise consider.
Part 1 - Home Remodeling Project Priorities
Print Part 1 and fill in your answers to these questions about your project.
1. What is it about my home now that reduces its value (emotional, functional, financial) to me?
2. What is it about my home that I want to change? (For example: make more space, improve appearance, increase functionality, modernize it, fix it up for resale, etc.)
3. What must I absolutely have in my remodeling project?
4. What more would I like to have done to my home if I can afford it?
5. What would be nice to have — but that I could do without if it added too much cost?
Part 2 - Home Remodeling Contractor Priorities
For the following statements about home remodeling contractors, rate each by entering a number from 1 to 5. Highlight a number to change it and use the TAB key or mouse to go to the next question.
“1”means the statement or attribute is not important to you or that you strongly disagree.
“5”means it is very important to you or that you strongly agree.
You will get a Home Remodeling Contractor Priorities Score at the end (an average of all your answers) that will help you understand what to expect based on your priorities.
Using your overall Remodeling Contractor Priorities Score, find yourself on the table below.
If your score is:
1 to 2
3 to 4
4 to 5
Here is a summary of what you might experience if you select a remodeler* based on your Remodeling Contractor Priorities Score:
Quality of Materials
Quality of Design
Smoothness of Project Management
Chemistry with Remodeler
Estimated Cost of Project
Predictability that Final Cost = Estimate
Risk of Problems Occurring
Probably Lower Standards
Probably Adequate Standards
Most Likely High Standards
Satisfaction with Completed Project
*These descriptions of what you MIGHT experience represent three DIFFERENT levels of a “PROTOTYPICAL” remodeler you might choose if you selected one based on the remodeling contractor selection priorities you entered. Regardless of the prices charged, no two remodelers are the same or will give you the same project and remodeling experience. Our assessment tool should only be used to provide you with a GENERAL SENSE OF WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE if you picked a “prototypical” remodeling contractor based on the AVERAGE of your individual scores. The average score may not be as important to you as the answers to specific questions. Use your judgment.
PLEASE NOTE: This assessment tool uses certain assumptions, some of which are subjective, some of which represent what is believed to be “common wisdom” or other generally accepted information and some of which is anecdotal. It is not based on scientifically rigorous data or methodology. While we think it is a helpful tool, its level of accuracy is unknown.
We provide design build remodeler, remodeling contractor and custom home builder services to homeowners in:
Virginia: Alexandria - Annandale - Arlington County - North Arlington and South Arlington - Ashburn - Bailey's Crossroads - Burke - Centreville - Chantilly - Clifton - Dulles - Dunn Loring - Fairfax County - Fairfax City - Fairfax Station - Falls Church - Fort Myer - Great Falls - Herndon - Kingstowne - McLean - North Springfield - Oakton - South Riding - Springfield - Sterling - Reston - Vienna - W. Springfield.
Maryland:Montgomery County - Bethesda - Cabin John - Chevy Chase - Darnestown - Gaithersburg - Germantown - Glen Echo - Kensington - North Bethesda - North Potomac - Potomac - Rockville - Takoma Park - University Park - Westlake - Wheaton.
Washington DC:Northwest - Capitol Hill - Georgetown - Cleveland Park - Foxhall - Cathedral Heights.
Delaware: Sussex County.
The types of projects the Greg Smith Company develops, as a design build remodeling contractor and custom home builder, include: kitchen remodeling and additions, bathroom remodeling, home and room additions, finished basement remodeling, finished attic remodeling and conversions, exterior remodeling, whole house/home renovations and remodeling, exterior renovations and remodeling, custom home building and more.