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Start your remodeling project on the right foot by selecting a licensed and insured, professional remodeling general contractor.

The complete process of planning, design and installation requires a tremendous amount of expertise. Not only do planning and space requirements have to be met, but construction issues must also be addressed. Ultimately, the windows and doors must be aesthetically pleasing and, most importantly, be functional, safe and satisfy the needs of the homeowner.

Selecting a professional contractor proper planning is important.

Some useful tips to consider: Employ a contractor with an established showroom in your area. Plan to visit their business and set aside ample time to convey your thoughts and ideas to the desginer who will assist you from start to finish.

Hire a contractor that is actively involved in a nationally recognized association.

Contact your state or local licensing agencies to insure the contractor meets all licensing and insurance requirements.

If soliciting bids, be sure the bids are for the same scope and quality of work. Ask for references. A reputable firm will be proud to have you visit their previous projects or speak to their clients.

Proper planning is important. Think your project through from start to finish. Design and function are of prime importance and a professional remodeling contractor will see to it that your needs are met.


I want to remodel my Windows and Doors, where do I start?

So, you've decided to create your dream windows and doors. Great idea. Yes, there is a process you should follow to assure your project becomes a good investment. Careful planning and attention to design, cabinets, equipment and fixtures are needed to create a windows and doors that is not only a good investment in a family's life style, but a good investment in a family's real estate property. With so many decisions to make and so much to think about, you need a professional to design, organize and plan this project, someone who understands all the complexities involved. That's where Allied Windows and Doors comes in.

FIRST and foremost you need a realistic budget. This is the starting point for any project. It's not. "what will the windows and doors cost," but "what are we going to invest in our new windows and doors."

The second step is to find a professional remodeling company that specializes in windows and doors to help in remodeling your home.  Find a firm that is licensed and insured and a member of professional organizations.  By being a member of professional organizations, we follow a strict Code of Ethics and are committed to giving you a project that is done properly, according to the local building codes, and at a fair price with quality products.   You want your project to get off to a good start and hiring a licensed professional is definitely the way to go.  Only use a contractor that insists on obtaining proper building permits.  If someone tells you a permit is not necessary, a RED FLAG should pop, and you should run the other way. 

Allied Windows and Doors is an active member of many local and national remodeling organizations as well as the local Better Business Bureau. FIRST and foremost you need a realistic budget. This is the starting point for any project. It's not. "what will the windows and doors cost," but "what are we going to invest in our new windows and doors."

The second step is to find a professional remodeling company that specializes in windows and doors to help in remodeling your home.  Find a firm that is licensed and insured and a member of professional organizations.  By being a member of professional organizations, we follow a strict Code of Ethics and are committed to giving you a project that is done properly, according to the local building codes, and at a fair price with quality products.   You want your project to get off to a good start and hiring a licensed professional is definitely the way to go.  Only use a contractor that insists on obtaining proper building permits.  If someone tells you a permit is not necessary, a RED FLAG should pop, and you should run the other way. 

Allied Windows and Doors is an active member of many local and national remodeling organizations as well as the local Better Business Bureau. 


How to Choose a professional Remodeler

If you own a home, no matter what it's age, sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. The reasons for remodeling are as varied as the projects themselves. Generally people choose remodeling to add comfort, convenience, space, and ultimately to enhance their investment in what may be their most valuable asset. Your home is too important to entrust to anyone but a professional remodeler who can.

  • Save you money by doing your job right the first time.
  • Understand that your comfort during the project and its successful completion depend on effective communication and follow-through.
  • Maintain a safe job site to prevent damage to your home or injury to household members and pets.
  • Provide the best possible materials with in your budget.
  • Ensure your job meets or exceeds applicable building codes and regulations.
  • Guarantee the quality of the work with a warranty.

Before you meet with a remodeler , develop an idea of what you want to do. Write a list of your needs and wants. Look at magazines and collect pictures of what you like. (the more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the more likely you can convey a clear image of your project to a professional remodeler.) Now it's time to begin your search:

  • Seek referrals from others who have had remodeling work done, as independent trade contractors, building materials suppliers, architects, home inspectors and local tenders.
  • And local building inspectors to see if they have received any complaints.

When interviewing prospective remodelers, here are some questions you may want to ask. Does the remodeler.

  • Maintain in a permanent mailing address, phone number and paging or answering system?
  • Carry insurance that protects you from claims arising from property damage or jobsite injuries?
  • Have an established presence in the community? Longevity suggests financial stability.
  • Have a trustworthy reputation among customers and the business community? Ask for a list of building suppliers and call them to see if the remodeler has an account or pays for materials on delivery. (Most suppliers are willing to extend credit to financially sound companies.)
  • Actively participate in a trade organization such as the Remodelers T Council of the national Association of Home Builders? If so, how long have they been a member, and have they earned a designation?
  • Specialize in particular types of projects?
  • Arrange for the building permit?
  • Offer a warranty? If so, what kind and for how long?
  • Agree to begin and complete your job with in your timetable?
  • Respond promptly to your questions?
  • Listen to your needs and wants? Ask the remodeler for examples of how the company has solved similar space problems for other customers.

Interview previous and present customers. And before you sign a contract.

•  Ask the remodeler to share names and phone numbers of some customers with you and the time to see the remodeler's work.

•  Ask the homeowners if the would hire the company again. Did the company maintain a responsibly neat jobsite? Did they keep delays to a minimum? Did they find the remodeler easy to talk to? Did the remodeler keep the informed as the job progressed?


How to Live With Your Remodeling Project

With remodeling, your home becomes the work site. You live side by side with the project from start to finish. You have to adjust your daily routines to make way for the construction that will transform your dreams into reality. Successful remodeling projects depend upon mutual trust and consistent communication between you and your remodeler.

Before you begin, make sure you know how you will communicate with the remodeler. Be sure you know to contact the remodeler for daily decisions as well as after hour's emergencies.

Plan ahead to keep your project on schedule. A bathroom project may take just a few weeks while a two-story addition may take 6 months or more. Ask the remodeler to provide you with a schedule for each phase of the project. Realize that changes you make after work has begun may affect schedule and budget.

In your pre-construction meeting, be sure to ask about the following:

Jobsite Signature

Will you allow the remodeler to place a sign on your property?
Jobsite Access
Have you agreed upon a pathway for workers, equipment, and vehicles?
Off Limits Areas
Will areas of the house be off limits to workers?
Security
Does the house have an alarm system?
Safety
What precautions will be taken to ensure safety during the project?
Salvaging Materials
Will some items be saved from demolition?
Debris
Where will the Dumpster be located?
Utility Interruptions
 
Clean-UP
Who is responsible for daily and final clean-up?

You will also want to discuss guidelines for workers, such as:

•  Work Hours
•  Parking
•  Phone Usage


WHY USE AN NARI MEMBER?

NARI is an organization of professionals who focus specifically on kitchen and bathrooms. When you deal with an NARI member, you benefit from specialized expertise, years of experience, a commitment to quality, and a high degree of professionalism. They maintain showrooms with products and complete designs on display so you can get a feel for the type and quality of work they can do.

A windows and doors professional can offer sound advice and suggest solutions to any problems that may rise or better yet prevent problems from occurring. They also understand the ways families and individuals relate to their surroundings, and therefore may be able to troubleshoot and meet needs in ways that may not occur to those who don't specialize in windows and doors.

Allied is able to coordinate every aspect of the design and installation. We are experienced licensed, residential general contractors as well (license #85-CGC1225-CX) and most important, we're experts at working with you, the client. We listen to your needs and translate them into the kind of room you want.

 

 

Allied Window & Doors
616 West Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954.564.1611
1.800.925.7660
Fax: 954.564.1664
Info@AlliedKitchenandBath.com

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