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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Akers Home Improvements different than other contractors?
Will I need an engineer to approve my plans?
How can I verify a contractor’s license?
Do I need a designer?
Will I need permits?
How much time should I allow for my project?
What kind of return on my investment can I expect to receive?


How is Akers Home Improvements different than other contractors?

Some contractors are simply managing the project and their sub-contractors are doing all the actual work. Akers Home Improvements is different; Craig is at the job site on a daily basis, working side-by-side with his team of sub-contractors. Craig is very hands-on from the first meeting to the completion of the project. You could say “construction and getting his hands dirty” are in Craig’s blood.

Craig’s business is firmly planted in the following beliefs:

  • He wants the experience to be great for his clients and while often his clients are friends before, he is definitely still friends with them after the project. If you view the Testimonials section on this website, you will hear from real clients on how they felt about both Craig and their projects.
  • It is important to Craig that your remodel to look like it was part of the original structure, nothing worse than a change that does not match the integrity of the home.
  • Timeliness and cost are near and dear to Craig’s heart. Spending more time prior to the commencement of the remodel, preparing and planning the less time you will be “under construction”. This helps to prevent delays, frustration and money. There was an excellent article about this very topic in the San Francisco Chronicle. Please click here for the complete article.
  • Craig believes that an educated client is happier and less likely to waste their own time and money. He takes time to show you the why and how of what he is doing so you can see the quality and workmanship that is going into your home.
  • It does pay to base your decision upon the contractor and his services and not the price of his bid. We have all heard the horror stories about the lowest bid costing you more in money, time and frustration than even the highest bid. Three things Craig definitely does not want you to experience with your project.

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Will I need an engineer to approve my plans?

Kitchen and bath remodels and other remodel projects that don’t incorporate structural changes normally don’t need to be stamped by a licensed engineer. If an engineer’s approval is required, Craig has contacts that can get these approvals completed for your project.


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How can I verify a contractor’s license?

The website for the California Contractor’s State License Board (www.cslb.ca.gov) has a link that allows you to verify a license is valid. Contractors should have their license numbers on their business cards, websites, letterhead, etc.

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Do I need a designer?

First, we’d like to clarify; there are two different types of designers – a construction designer and an interior designer

Craig is a construction designer – this means that he will work with you to draw and design your remodel. This will save you both time and money. In a recent edition of the Sacramento Bee there was an article about designers and remodels. Please click here for the complete article.

Craig has done numerous remodels, additions, etc. There are pictures on this website of many of those projects, we encourage you to view those and you may just find a great new idea for your project along the way.

If you are already working with an interior designer, Craig is happy to work with that person and incorporate their ideas and designs into his plan. If you are not and feel that you need someone to help with colors, furniture, etc. in your remodel, Craig can provide you with some names of interior designers he has worked with on other projects.

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Will I need permits?

Typically structural change projects will require permits. Cosmetic upgrades do not. In your initial consultation, Craig will determine which of the two categories your projects fall under.


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How much time should I allow for my project?

Obviously the size and complexity of your project will drive the length of time it takes to complete. Some thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Planning is the most important part of any construction project, and it almost always takes longer than the project itself. If you plan properly before construction actually takes place, you can save both time and money. Once construction begins, change orders can add up quickly, delay the project and ultimately put your budget at risk.
  • You also need to give yourself enough time to make the most informed and specific decisions possible. This will help keep your project within budget as well.

During your initial consultation, Craig can provide some general timelines for the type of project you will be undertaking. For more information on this topic, please refer to the attached article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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What kind of return on my investment can I expect to receive?

Recouping your investment will vary by project type. There was an excellent article on this very topic in the Sacramento Bee, please click here to see the table from that article.


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