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Summer Remodel Frequently Asked Questions


Are you a San Diego homeowner with questions about remodeling? 

We get it. We know how it feels to shop for the perfect company for your project and to hope that they can meet each need and answer every question to your satisfaction.

We're glad you're here. You’re in the perfect place to find answers! 

In this article, we answer a few of the most pressing questions on the minds of home owners including: 

  • Does the price change based on supply and demand?
  • Does the price change based on the weather?...wait, what?
  • What should I look out for so I don't have a bad experience?
  • What should I prepare for so I can have the BEST experience?

Read on!

Does The Price Change Based on Supply & Demand?

Negative. Demand is stable and therefore pricing is stable.

Elastic Vs. Inelastic Demand - In residential remodeling, there are so many factors that influence when a family decides to move forward, that the demand remains steady all year. So, with a few exceptions, there is a pretty steady flow of work regardless of the time of year.

Think it will be slow during tax season? Many families are ready to jump in!

Think it will be slow during the holidays? Aging parents need a granny flat right away, so we work around Santa!

Think it will be slow during back-to-school season? Empty nesters can't wait to see how their project turns out!

In the rental market, as a contrast, there tends to be elastic demand. Families try to move during the summer so kids are not in school, which means fewer folks are moving during the winter months.

This leads to increased inventory and that will drive rents down seasonally. As a result, you can save a heap of money on your lease if you time it just right and move when its inconvenient for everyone else, around the Christmas/New Year holidays for example.

The elastic demand in the rental market impacts prices. But in remodeling, you're getting the right price no matter what!

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Does The Price Change Based on The Weather?

This is not a silly question! We are not asking "Can I have 15% OFF if it's partly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers?"

So what are people asking, and where does this question come from?

We are a city of transplants--people who move here from all over the world. In areas where the ground freezes for several months a year, there is a feeling of "Make hay while the sun shines". In sunny San Diego we "make hay" all year but in the north, contractors prefer to build new buildings and additions during the summer months when the ground is not frozen.

So if you have an interior kitchen or bathroom remodel, those contractors may offer a discount so they can get the project under contract, get it into their calendar, and keep their guys busy all winter. 

Answer: Nope, no discount based on weather. In San Diego it's sunny almost all year long. We can dig trenches, excavate, backfill, build forms, and pour concrete all 12 months with relatively few issues. 

What Should I Look Out For So I Don't Have A Bad Experience? 

Look out for the other guys' timeline!!

Starting a renovation can be a scary thing. You think:

  • Is this a bait-and-switch quote that will change later?
  • What if something goes wrong? Will the company be able to finish the project?
  • Can I really trust my contractor when I’m not at home?

We know how you feel!

Our founder, Kevin Tootoonchi, found his friends and family members sharing the exact same concerns before he decided to start Teknik.

"The three biggest problems I saw in the industry were bait-and-switch quotes, subcontractors my friends didn't feel comfortable leaving in their home alone, and projects that went way over their completion date," says Kevin.

The problem is other contractors give you a quick quote without being sure they can staff it, and don't spend enough time analyzing your home.  This leads to surprises, changes, delays, and projects that go over budget.  Here's their timeline:

They also complain that the "other guys":

  • send a crew who wears dirty clothes
  • use 100% subcontractors (so there's a new face in your home daily)
  • when unexpected changes to the job occur, they have to change their quoted price

These are some of the problems with San Diego remodelers we've fought hard to improve.

What Can I Prepare For So I Can Have The BEST Experience?

Please, prepare for The Perfect Remodel Plan!

Here are three reasons to choose Teknik and our Perfect Remodel Plan for your renovation project.

  1. Our clients come back to us over... and over.... and over.  Please see their praises here.
  2. Only Teknik has "The Perfect Remodel Plan" and "The Three T Promise"
  3. Clean-Cut Crew... not the Motley Crew - We don't lean heavily on subs.  Our Clean-Cut Crew are employees only.  They are happy, friendly, well paid, and clean up their work every day

The Perfect Remodel Plan

Whereas other contractors spend little time planning your project and a LOT of time putting out fires and making changes once the project begins, we heavily front-load our time commitment to our projects to ensure accurate quoting and no surprises.

Our project timeline looks like this:

Can I Use The "Cost Plus" Method To Save Money?

A word of doesn't usually end up saving time or money...check it out.

Cost Plus - You provide the scope to your contractor and they begin work and bill you for their exact costs at regular intervals with a percentage markup on those costs. They use a markup that was agreed upon beforehand. 

The risk is that you have no accountability for efficiency, because as long as the project is not continually receive progress invoices that more labor and material costs billed to you with a mark up...proceed at your own risk!

Fixed Bid - You solidify all the details of the scope and the cost together and up front before you sign the contract.

Then, you know what work will be complete and for what price. What a relief! 

Fixed bid or fixed fee contracts protect the contractor from unreasonable scope-creep since the scope is already defined.

It also protects you, the home owner, from being used as a cash cow by a contractor who decides to take their time and keep billing you for incorrect or inefficient work. 

Teknik only provides fixed bid estimates.

Take It From Our Happy Customers

"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Why Choose Teknik for Your 2020 Remodel?

Allow us to help you join the ranks of San Diego home owners who have avoided the most common industry blunders!

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget se of
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still a little worried? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee!

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design

We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote

You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

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Step 3: Complete On-Time

We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

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