Construction FAQs in East Lansing, MI

Frequently Asked Questions About Construction

What can I do to help to ensure the project moves along in a timely manner?

  • For your safety, please do not move any tools or equipment without speaking with your project manager first.
  • If at all possible, please plan on leaving the premises during noisy times when equipment and tools are in use; we do our best to keep this to communicate this and keep it to a minimum.
  • We suggest moving, packing in boxes, or otherwise protect items such as electronics, art, plants, pet enclosures, and other hard to clean items as dust will settle even where construction is not taking place.
  • If possible, heat/cool the house without your furnace or air conditioner. By completely blocking the warm-air and cold-air returns in the construction area, you will avoid pulling dust from that section of the house. Be sure to consult an HVAC company before blocking ducts to avoid any damage to your furnace.
  • Making timely decisions on reconstruction materials (paint colors, carpet, tile, cabinets, etc.) will aid greatly in managing the timeline of your project.
  • Once your project is agreed upon, it is important to be committed to the plan or be prepared for delays and updated pricing.
  • It is important that you speak with your insurance company to discuss whether or not your policy allows for coverage or reimbursement for added energy use.
  • Please be patient; we will do our best to keep you apprised of the timeline and progress, there are a lot of moving parts and the timeline may change. We do our best to anticipate everything on your project and to stay within your budget and your time frame, but again we ask for patience during the process.
  • Communication between all parties is key. Speaking directly with the source to relay concerns as clearly and quickly as possible will help us better serve you.

What can I expect during construction?

  • Equipment will be strategically placed and may take up space in possibly a heavily trafficked area of your home or business. We do our best to minimize the effects on your daily life.
  • There is potential for incessant noise during the duration of your project. Loud equipment may be running in your home, as well as hammering drilling, sanding, etc.
  • Dust is a guaranteed byproduct of restoration. Even with proper covering, ZipWalls, and air scrubbing, it is common for a fine layer of dust to migrate throughout your home.
  • If replacing materials is involved, you will need to make selections. We are available to offer suggestions should you need any help with material or design decisions.
  • Once your project has begun, special requests will alter the scope of the project and potentially cause substantial delays and likely include additional expenses.
  • Weather, unforeseen work that needs to be discussed with the insurance provider, logistics, and material backorder can alter the schedule.
  • Due to multiple fans, dehumidifiers, and specialty equipment running on the property, there is potential for an increase in energy usage.
  • Depending on the severity of the project, it is normal to expect a range of emotions. All of these emotions are completely normal, and we are here to guide you through the process and get you back into your newly renovated home or business as quickly as possible.
  • Restoration work in your home can be exhausting, especially since it is never planned.
  • Expect the unexpected! There will be irregular framing, odd plumbing, quirky electrical, code upgrade requirements ordered by the inspector, and more unexpected surprises while we work on getting your property back to pre-loss condition.