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What You Should Know About Home Renovations and Additions: An Interview with Michael Weber of Weber & SDW

By Michael Weber

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Weber & SDW is a family owned and operated business started in 1973. We are certified building contractors. The company specializes in renovations and additions, however over the years we have done everything from changing out windows to building custom homes. My parents started the business with the motto "No job too small" and we still hold to that today. Our mainstay over the years has been kitchen and bathroom remodels, along with additions. Most of our customers are repeat business.

What are some of the most common renovations for homes in Florida?

It seems to be bathroom renovations. For the past several years the demand has been on the rise. Homes built in the 70s and 80s are well over due for bathroom upgrades.

What is one of the biggest mistakes that a contractor can make on a home renovation or addition?

Not informing the owner of possible unforeseen costs. Also under bidding the project just to lock in the job, thinking the cost can be made up with extra charges later.

Is there anything that homeowners can do to help prevent that mistake?

Always get at least three quotes. Make sure that each quote has a complete list of items covered so they are comparing apples to apples. This also covers them from the contractor coming back and saying, "This wasn't in my quote, it's an additional cost." The lowest bid is not always the best choice, especially if it's drastically lower than the other bids.

What is the key to building the ideal addition that a homeowner is going to be happy with?

Customer service is the key. Keeping the lines of communication open with the owner throughout the project. Letting them know if there is a delay and why. Most people you work with are receptive to changes or delays if you keep them informed. Delivering what you say you are going to deliver, this always keeps the owner happy with the final project.

Do you have any advice for hiring the right contractor to do your home renovation/addition?

Do your homework. Check out the contractor the best that you can. Ask for references of jobs similar to yours. Trust your gut. If you think the contractor could be a possible friend at the end of the project, then he/she is most likely the best choice. Never contract with someone you don't feel comfortable with. If you don't feel that trust from the very beginning the contractor is most likely not the right one for your project. Make sure the contractor informs you about the Florida Construction Lean laws. It should be included on the proposal and reviewed prior to making any decisions as to which company to go with.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

They can go to our website, email us at info@webersdw.com or give us a call at 407-365-1799.

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