Inspection request?

April 2, 2024

Hey there, friends,

So, you’ve just seen that “Inspection Request” email pop up and probably thought, “Here we go again!” We totally understand – navigating through insurance and restoration processes can be quite the maze. But we are here to give you to the tools you need to move forward and there is no need to fret – chances are, we’re not exactly itching to rebuild your old cabinets anyway.

First off, it’s really tough what you’re going through, and we are genuinely sorry about it. Dealing with damaged cabinetry and the ensuing chaos is no small feat. But rest assured, we’re right here with you.

Since kicking off in 2005, we’ve fostered solid relationships with various restoration companies. Each has its unique approach, but generally, we’re here to assess whether your cabinetry can be salvaged through a rebuild or if starting fresh is the better path. Sure, there’s one company that’s a tad more rigid, allowing only rebuilds, but no worries – we navigate these waters like pros, ensuring you have all the info you need for this journey.

Is a rebuild of your cabinetry doable? Absolutely. Jon, our master craftsman with over 28 years in the game, can practically do miracles. But is it always the most cost-effective route? Not necessarily.

“Quality and Dependability” isn’t just our catchphrase; it’s our ethos. We’ve dedicated ourselves to sourcing the best partners, materials, and vendors to transform your space into a home filled with cherished memories. We aim for excellence on the first try, avoiding any do-overs.

In our cabinetry inspection, we examine every nook and cranny – considering age, functionality, cost, and the extent of damage. Often, we find that replacement (sometimes with a bit of an upgrade) can be more economical than a rebuild.

Truthfully, reconstructing cabinetry demands both time and specialized skills, making it a considerable investment. However, when the cost of this investment overshadows other alternatives, don’t worry. We offer some excellent mid-range choices that ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Our role is to arm you, the restoration company, and your adjuster with the best advice grounded in our expertise. We crunch the numbers, debate the merits of repair versus replacement, and ultimately, the decision rests with you. Whether you opt for a rebuild, seek alternatives, or explore replacement options within your insurance allowance, the power is in your hands. We remind our clients that despite the less-than-ideal circumstances and the often-frustrating insurance delays, this project can still be a win. If your insurance covers the full scope, great! If not, we encourage exploring a budget allocation with them, and we can guide you through options within that budget or discuss slight overages that come out of pocket. Every homeowner’s situation, the extent of damage, and insurance coverage are unique, but rest assured, options abound.

Please know, we’re here to deliver the best solution for you. Our commitment to honesty in our reports to you and the insurance companies is unwavering because, at the end of the day, our goal is for you to adore the space you live in. We’re excited about the possibility of being part of that transformation.

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How long do you plan on staying in the home?

This question is crucial to deciding the quality and cost of goods for the project- more on this in a bit!

What type of Kitchen layout do you plan on using?

Sticking with the same layout is always the most economical option. However, if you want to change the layout- be aware of extra costs: electrical, plumbing, flooring, framing, drywall, paint, etc. Layout changes typically require a permit and possibly architectural drawings.

what is your budget?

Essential question! Even if you don't want to max out your budget, be prepared to discuss your allowance with the contractor. A reliable contractor will be able to work with your budget and your preferences to create the kitchen you really want. Realistic expectations and budgets are easier to work with up front- otherwise, cutting corners may end up costing you more in the long run, leaving you with an unfinished project.


01 considerations

02 choosing your builder

03 planning and design

are they qualified?

A qualified builder will guarantee a professionally finished product that will meet your budgeted expectations and time-frames.
BEWARE of hiring a builder without a contractor's license. Without it, you have little to no recourse if problems arise.

are they able?

The purpose of remodeling or building a home is to increase the value in the home itself as well as create a space for those who will live there to enjoy.
BEWARE of hiring someone who doesn't have the ability to make that happen or someone who doesn't care to make it happen.


01 considerations

02 choosing your builder

03 planning and design

Address resale issues.

If you're looking to resell or make a return on the remodel, design something with massive appeal- not something selective to just your taste.
To get ideas, think about scoping out remodels or houses for sale around your neighborhood- stay in competition with those upgrades to ensure maximum ROI.

Have you determined the scope?

How big of project can you afford; what is your time-frame for the construction period? This is when having a budget is helpful for a contractor. You may have certain desires for you space and the time-frame you wish to make it happen- but a limited budget. A qualified contractor will be able to take your ideas and the reality of building supplies, and create a crafty alternative that you'd love!

Have you thought outside the box?

Once the layout is agreed on... we get to the fun part! What kind of cabinets do you want? Builder grade cabinetry should be the lowest quality that you would put into any project. Upgrades vary and include all materials and quality of craftsmanship. You and your contractor will work together, and can discuss common upgrades.


01 considerations

02 choosing your builder

03 planning and design


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