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Jon Haczyk – Contractor Extraordinaire


Jon Haczyk
General Contractor
ALC Construction
Address: 23 Violet Trail Lafayette, NJ 07848

Office phone: 973-620-9617

Mobile phone: 973-634-4201

Website:  alcllcnj.com

Email address: anthonylopezconstruction@gmail.com

The work that ALC does is high quality craftsmanship that last for a generation.

This morning, Jon gave us a great talk on 10 things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project.

Remodeling a home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Here are 10 questions you should always ask your contractor before starting a home remodeling project.  Having these questions answered will result in better communication and fewer surprises.

1. What is our schedule?

A schedule is more than just a start and end date. Having a schedule that outlines tasks and timing will give you a big-picture view of sequencing and deadlines for things such as tile and countertops.

With small projects such as kitchens and baths, schedule is everything. The cabinet lead time determines the start date and sub-contractors need to be scheduled in quick succession. We don’t start without a schedule that tells you what days and times workers will be on site.

2. Who will be here every day?

Depending on the size and structure of the company you hire, the answer could vary widely. ALC has just 2 people, myself or Anthony who will be there each day to monitor progress, supervise sub-contractors and make important decisions.

3. How will you protect my property?

This is a conversation best had before demolition, not after you come home and find dust all over the house. There are a number of dust-containment measures that we take, and we review it ahead of time which will provide you will a clear idea of how the construction area will be cordoned off from the rest of your home and how you’ll be able to move through your house.

There’s also the issue of stuff — all the books, furniture, drapes and paintings on the wall. It’s always better to remove them from the construction zone before work begins.  If you leave them as-is, it will cost to have them moved and moved again to keep them out of the way, and you risk damage in the process. It’s better to move it all at once and know it’s safe.

4. How will you communicate with me?Jon_Haczyk_v

With every mode of electronic communication at your fingertips, you may have some ideas about how you would like to receive information about your project. Make sure you select your preferred method and stick to it throughout the project.

5. What part of my project concerns you?

There’s always something unknown about a project, or an area that is most likely to trigger an immediate change order. Many times, we already know what that is. Talking about it upfront and running some worst-case-scenario numbers or doing some early, selective demolition to get more information could be the best way to get a handle on what may be ahead.

6. What will happen if there is a change order?

Change orders can be easily handled in your construction contract. A common way to document change orders is in writing, where the change in scope of work and the price are noted and signed by the client and contractor. Some contracts also note the change in schedule, if applicable. We are always up front about any and all change orders so there are no surprises.

7. How will you let me know I need to make a decision?

There are many ways to organize a list of decisions — from spreadsheets, to lists, to notes on a calendar. But all of these methods focus on the same outcome: giving you clear direction about what and when you need to make a decision on something. Especially on a job with allowance items, we provide a complete list with deadlines on when they need to be selected by in order to stay on schedule.

8. How do I reach you after hours?

Knowing how to reach your contractor on an emergency basis is just as important as your contractor being able to reach you. We always make sure our clients have our office line, cell phone and email address.

9. When do I need to be available to meet?

Some projects require frequent on site meetings where other projects do not.  We try to give as much advanced notice to our customers about when and where we will need to meet to go over any important issues or decisions.

10. What kind of documentation will I receive when the project is done?

At the conclusion of many of our projects, we have a file with all pertinent documentation.  Whether its product warranty information, or final payment confirmation, or product information, it’s usually all there.

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