Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a contractor?

A quality contractor is a good value and will accomplish a job most efficiently. Here are 7 ways a good contractor can give you a superior product and even save you money:

  1. Experienced craftsman do it right the first time.
  2. A contractor will do things in the right order so you don’t have to undo and redo things that were out of order.
  3. A contractor knows the right materials to use for a particular application.
  4. An experienced contractor can predict and be prepared for problems and issues that can arise in remodeling.
  5. Relationships with suppliers give contractors purchasing power.
  6. A contractor knows the building inspector and code requirements.
  7. Contractors have the best access to the subcontractor that is right for a particular job.

How do I choose a contractor?

It is better to get 3 references than 3 bids. In other words, it is essential that you find a contractor you can trust. Here are a few tips:

Is Steve Wiest a licensed contractor?

Yes! Our license number is 608339. Check us out at the Contractors State License Board website.

Can I do this project myself?

Some homeowners have the skills and the tools to tackle a remodeling project, but we often get calls from people who started the work but have run out of time or energy or found themselves beyond their skill level. They would have saved time and money by calling us first. We can set up a contract in which the homeowner does parts of the work and we do other parts. The simple key here is to be clear as to who is doing what and when.

When is a permit required?

Typical projects that require permits are:

Permits are not required for: See your local building official’s web site or call their office for information that applies to your city or county. Most planning departments ask you to call the inspector if you have a question. You can talk with them anonymously and they will be glad to help you avoid a code violation. Kingsburg has the best list of guidelines on their website.

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