Some important info a customer should know.
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What are your most common types of jobs? 
Darek and Sons Remodeling specializes in interior, residential home improvement. Majority of our business is bathroom remodeling and building additional bathrooms. That includes demolition of existing bath, repairing or replacing plumbing, properly insulating and water proofing, new electrical (20 Amp circuit), walls, tiling, fixture installation, painting, replacing a glass block with a nice window etc. Finishing and remodeling basements is also very popular project with us. If you looking for entertaining area, a bar, extra bathroom, playroom for kids and office we can definitively design something to meet your expectations. We take great pride in our kitchen projects that are probably the most expensive and challenging tasks. We offer huge selection of many cabinet, appliance, tile and fixture manufacturers. A customer has total freedom to choose any style and price range they wish. We also offer room additions, second story additions and wall demolition to enlarge existing rooms.
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
One of the most important issues in home remodeling projects is the budget. Most homeowners have rough idea about project costs, now it's time to find money to cover it. You must find out much you are willing to spend. The best thing is your own savings, you can get home equity loan or get some financing from the contractor. The point is, you have to have the money issue figured out before you start the project. Another important issue is the style and finishes of your project. Before we can talk about money, you need to have at least basic idea of what you like. I suggest going through some catalogs, store displays, friend's houses and of course on line. You can also hire an interior decorator but it might run into real money here. 
What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
It's almost impossible to list all the right questions. However, the most important ones:1. Do we get written, detailed proposal with a fixed price, what is included, what is provided by contractor and what is not? 2. If there is an allowance for certain product, do we choose supplier or do we have to go with provided samples? 3. Payment schedule. Never pay everything up front, the temptation might be to great. However, most jobs require initial down payment to cover materials and some payroll. Just be fair to each other. 4. Start date and completion date. Don't let your contractor take 3 week vacation in the middle of your project but don't get upset if he takes a few more days to ensure quality final product. 4. Discuss the materials to be used and demand them later on. 
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
Very important issue: Who is going to perform the work in your home? When you talk to your potential contractor, you have to find out whether he has a crew or the job is being subcontracted, partially or entirely. Who is going to supervise the project, is it the person you pay or a third party added to the mix. On some large projects, it's impossible to avoid the "subs". However, the less people involved the better. I'm talking about communication (how do I get to the right guy with a question?), responsibilities (who cleans the place in the evening and turns off lights etc.), payments! ( who pays whom or why not etc.), scheduling ( who works first, or how come they didn't show up) and excess to property as well. 
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Before you decide on hiring a contractor for your home remodeling project, you should definitely check his references and reviews. Make sure his previous projects are related to yours. My point is: a great plumber might not be the best roofer etc. Because of the stagnation in the construction field these days, some contractors might take on the jobs they have limited knowledge about. This situation might not be beneficial for homeowners. Handymen and remodelers should stick to what they do best or at least inform customers about their experience in any given field. Contact Us

Towns we serve in Illinois: 

Arlington Heights Barrington Barrington Hills Bartlett Brookfield Buffalo Grove Des Plaines Elk Grove Village Elmwood Park Evanston Franklin Park Glencoe Glenview Golf Harwood Heights Hoffman Estates Indian Head Park Inverness Kenilworth La Grange La Grange Park Morton Grove Mount Prospect Niles Norridge North Riverside Northbrook Northfield Oak Park Palatine Park Ridge Prospect Heights River Forest River Grove Riverdale Riverside Rolling Meadows Rosemont Schaumburg Schiller Park Skokie South Barrington Streamwood Westchester Western Springs Wheeling Wilmette WinnetkabDeer Park Deerfield Forest Lake Fox Lake Fox Lake Hills Gages Lake Grayslake Green Oaks Gurnee Hainesville Hawthorn Woods Highland Park Highwood Indian Creek Kildeer Knollwood Lake Barrington Lake Bluff Lake Forest Lake Villa Lake Zurich Libertyville Lincolnshire Lindenhurst Long Grove Long Lake Mundelein North Barrington Riverwoods Vernon Hills Bloomingdale Burr Ridge Carol Stream Clarendon Hills Darien Downers Grove Elmhurst Glen Ellyn Hinsdale Itasca Lisle Lombard Naperville Oak Brook Oakbrook Terrace Roselle Villa Park Warrenville Wayne West Chicago Westmont Wheaton Willowbrook Winfield Wood Dale Woodridge