Remodeling FAQs

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All three.

Hourly Rate: If the job is small and relatively straight forward – we’ll use our judgment during your initial call to assess how long the work will take and schedule a visit from a craftsman based on that assessment. However, due to the variables experienced when dealing with home repairs and the difficulty in assessing the work on the phone, the task may take longer (or shorter) than estimated. Some time, when you open a wall or take down a light fixture you may find something unexpected that was not part of the original assessment. The charge will also include any materials that are required plus carriage (charged at the hourly rate) for any materials that need to be collected.
Quotation: In many cases an exact quote can be given, depending on the type and size of the project. This can be done when we are dealing with all the known factors, for example, if you need shingles torn off and replaced, that is straight forward, however if after you get the old shingles off you have rotted boards, that would be an extra. If the task is straight forward we’ll be able to provide a fixed price – a quote – for doing the work.
Estimate: In older buildings and depending on the scope of the project, this is the most common method. With our extensive experience, most times, we know what to expect and can take the anticipated into consideration. However, if a house is purchased from a bank or tax sale and you are not able to test the water pressure, furnace and electrical system, it is impossible to know if these items need work or replacement.

That depends on the scope of the project and permits required, normally we can get started within a 2 week period.

It depends on the project, we do have craftsman the specialize in one or two areas and we have others that can do many handyman type of projects. If we are doing a complete remodel in an older home that needs heating, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall and paint, there would be several different people on the job. If it is just a painting job, we may have 2-4 painters. If it something very small that needs a handyman only, there would only be one person.

Call us and let us know what you want done. We will set up a time that is convenient for you to look at the project and discuss what you want done. You will be given an estimate or quote and a scheduled time to start.

United Properties specializes in Kent County and western Ottawa Counties.

In this unlikely event, we’ll re-visit your property to examine the work. If it hasn’t been completed to the high standard we expect, we’ll put it right free of charge.

In the very unlikely event that this should happen, United Properties will repair the damage at no cost to you. You would also be covered under our insurance if something major would happen.

It varies according to the type of the work required. Different levels of experience needed are charged at different rates. This can usually be calculated when we understand the needs. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

Anything from installing a mail box to lifting a house and repairing a foundation.

United Properties manages the complete project if you would decide to use us.