Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you rely on the same subcontractors from job to job?
  • How long will my project take?
  • Do I need to move out?
  • When does the product selection sheet need to be filled out?
  • How do I know I’m getting a fair price?
  • Do I need an architect? What if I don’t have one?
  • How do I know remodeling my home is a good investment?
  • Are you licensed and insured?

Do you rely on the same subcontractors from job to job?

Yes, we do. Hambleton’s subcontracts out all trade-related work: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing, and other trades. This allows us to provide you with the most competitive pricing and quality work from licensed professionals who are experts in their fields. Over the years, we have developed good relationships with all of the subcontractors that we have used for multiple projects. You can be confident that our subcontractors’ work will reflect the high quality that we expect from them.

How long will my project take?

Depending on its nature and scope, a project may take anywhere from 4 to 22 weeks to complete. A bathroom remodel averages four weeks, a complete kitchen remodel usually takes five to seven weeks, and a two-story addition will typically be finished in 22 weeks. If your job is expected to take more than six weeks, you will receive a project timeline. Keep in mind that weather and change orders can affect project timelines.

Do I need to move out?

In nearly all cases we are able to work while our clients remain living in their homes. We have only done one project that required the client to move out. We do our best to minimize the disruption to your daily activities and to ensure your comfort during construction. For example, we can set up a temporary kitchen while your kitchen is remodeled. Maintaining a tidy appearance for your home is important to us; that’s why we clean up the jobsite at the end of each day.

When does the product selection sheet need to be filled out?

Hambleton Construction has a product selection sheet that keeps track of your window and door selections, plumbing fixtures, roof and siding choices, and appliance and cabinet selections. Most major items, as well as items that have long lead times, must be selected before the job begins. This way, we can ensure they will be available when needed, preventing unnecessary delays to your project. Less pertinent products and those with shorter lead times, such as door and bath hardware, wallpaper and paint colors, lighting fixtures, and countertop materials and finishes, can be selected after construction has begun.

How do I know I’m getting a fair price?

The cost of remodeling can vary widely based on many different factors. Price differences in materials, the condition of the existing house, ease of jobsite access, and matching new work to the old house all affect the final cost. You can be sure that our price will cover the entire cost of your project. If we see an existing condition that must be addressed in order for the new work to be done, we will let you know and include it in our price. We refuse to cut corners on your project and we will be upfront about the steps and costs entailed in achieving the quality results you expect. You will receive a comprehensive and honest price based on what your project requires.

Do I need an architect? What if I don’t have one?

Every remodeling project needs some sort of plan in order for us to bid the job correctly. For a small project, this can simply be a list of things that need to be done. For a deck or simple basement finishing project, we can draft up our own framing plans for the county to approve. For a kitchen remodel, all that is required is the kitchen cabinet layout. If your project is an addition or whole house remodel, you will need professional drawings by an architect. Engaging an architect on larger remodeling projects ensures that:

  • You see what you are going to get before it is built. A professional architect can show you computer renderings of your project so you can approve the design.
  • Everyone is on the same page. Professional drawings clarify the necessary work and job specifications, allowing an accurate project bid.
  • The finished product looks great, is practical to use, and will be a sound investment. The extra money spent on a good architect is always worth the cost.

If you don’t already have an architect, we can suggest a local architect that we use regularly and recommend highly. Please let us know if you need his services and we will give you his information.

How do I know remodeling my home is a good investment?

Different home projects have different return on investment values, as rated by realtors. (Click on our info page for these results.) Of course, there is also the intangible value that only you can determine: If you love the result of your home renovation and enjoy it for a long period of time, who can put a price on that? We can’t predict what will happen in the housing market, but quality craftsmanship and superior products have always stood the test of time. However, we can tell you that if your project is constructed or designed poorly, it will not prove to be a good investment.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, Hambleton Construction carries general liability and workers compensation insurance. Once you start a project with us, we can have our insurance company provide you with a certificate of insurance. We can also provide you with a copy of our state contractor’s license. Our Virginia state license number is 2705 101107.