Home Remodeling Process

Here’s How We Remove

The Stress From Remodeling.

If there’s one thing we really focus on at Gehman, it’s providing a smooth and pleasant remodel for our clients. Below you’ll find out exactly how we do that in a convenient bullet-point format.
Note: We realize there is A LOT of information on this page. But we like to set your expectations up front. This is part of the reason we’re known for creating easy, pleasant remodeling experiences for homeowners.
By reading this page, you will feel more comfortable going into the process because you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect.
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Our Home Remodeling Process

Step 1: Phone Call To Setup An Appointment

Call us to discuss your project in general terms Get a sense of how we run our business We ask questions and listen to what you want to determine whether your project fits with our company

If both parties feel we’d be a good match, we’ll schedule an in-person consultation to meet at your home.  There will be a consultation fee for the first appointment (fee depends on the scope of the project). 

Step 2: Consultation & Opinion Of Probable Cost Budget Range

We’ll discuss your target budget and compare it to what you’re trying to achieve based on the annual Cost vs. Value™ report by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors
After the first appointment, we’ll create an Opinion of Probable Cost document with a budget range to present to you at our Showroom. Our Showroom will give you a sense of the quality work we do and we’ll be able to show you pictures of other projects we’ve completed that are similar to the work you want us to do for you
If you wish to continue working with us, the next step in our Design/Build process is a Project Development Agreement

Step 3: Project Development Agreement

If you’re comfortable with who we are, our interactions with you, pictures of our work that you’ve seen, talked with some of our references and believe you can work with the “guesstimated” budget ranges shown in the Opinion of Probable Cost document, the next step in our Design/Build process is a “Project Development Agreement”

Entering into a Project Development Agreement (PDA) confirms that you want to explore your project further with us, and agree to pay a retainer fee to develop design drawings, explore your local building and zoning codes, material selections, structural engineering, detailed specifications, to get to a point where we can give you lump sum fixed investment amount to remodel your house with the project(s) you would like. The retainer amount is based on 8% – 10% of the higher end of our Opinion of Probable Cost (OPC) budget range.

Should you choose to enter into a construction contract with us within one (1) year, the retainer fee will be applied to the final payment of the construction contract.

Step 4: Developing Your Project & Selecting Your Products

  • Your Remodeling Consultant will take the lead in forming a project development team
  • We will inspect building codes and restrictions that may relate to your project
  • Based on your budget, we’ll start designing your remodel with our Design/Build Process
  • Using state-of-the-art 3D modeling technology, we go over various design options with you
  • We finalize your design based on your style, needs, and budget
  • You and a Gehman consultant will select the best materials for your remodel and budget
  • We then appraise the price range of the project based on the design and products selected
  • If necessary, we’ll revise the design and product selections if they do not match up to your target budget
  • After the design and products are finalized, you decide if you want to move forward with construction
  • Schedule a start date for construction of your project

Step 5: Our “No Detail Is Too Small” Pre-Production Planning

To ensure your project is done in a timely manner, we create a thorough production plan before we begin work. This plan includes the following:

1. Obtain any necessary permits
2. Order materials in advance to help prevent unnecessary delays during construction
3. Test for lead paint on houses built before 1978
4. Assign a Project Manager to be hands / tools on each workday start to finish in overseeing your project
5. Coordinate skilled manpower and material deliveries for your project

Step 6: The Construction Process

We conduct a Pre-Construction meeting on site with your Project Manager with you to review your project. This includes the following steps: Introduce you to your personal Project Manager (he will be hands / tools on site every workday start to finish to oversee your project)
  • Introduce you to your personal Project Manager (he will be hands / tools on site every workday start to finish to oversee your project)
  • Your Project Manager will review the details of your project with you
  • Your Project Manager will supply you with his cell phone and email address to make himself readily available to you
  • You’ll go over any special requirements you, your family, or your pets may have during the construction process
  • We adhere to our plan as much as possible and complete your project according to the outlined schedule
  • Professional, in-house craftsmen will build your project with immaculate quality
  • During construction, your Project Manager will be in constant communication with you and keep you updated on your project’s status

Step 7: Post-Project Steps & Warranties

Instead of offering a short 1-year warranty, we provide you with a 5-year labor warranty and 10-year structure warranty

We will register the materials used on your project with the manufacturer and keep record of serial numbers etc

Should any problem occur under the scope of these warranties, you are protected. We will fix the problem at no charge to you

Want To Get Started? Here’s The First Step To Take…

If you’re interested in doing business with us, contact us today for that Phone Consultation listed in Step 1. This phone consultation is as easy as it sounds. You get to know us and how we run our business to see if we’d make a good fit for your project; we ask you questions about your project to determine how we can help you. We never use sales pressure, and there is no commitment on your part. We would be honored to hear from you!

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Our designing planning, and attention to detail is what sets us apart at Gehman Design Remodeling; we create positive experiences for homeowners.

Contact our team today. You can reach us at (215) 513-0300 or by using our online contact form.

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