Red Tide

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana 

 

Many of you are justifiably concerned with the current red tide outbreak. While it is not unusual to have these events this time of the year the intensity of this bloom is unusual. We want you to know that we are fighting for reasonable regulations that protect our air and water quality. All to often politicians are  making the mistake of cutting taxes that untimately negativly effect the environment.  Laws touted as saving us money are ultimately costing us  jobs, resources and quality of life. If you’re a Florida resident it’s incumbent on you to inform yourself and vote for individuals that will protect their constituents. If we don’t change fundamentally we are destined to repeat an ecological disaster we cannot afford.

Choose Your Contractor Carefully

Choose Your Contractor Carefully
    Business is strong for contractors in 2018 and that’s a sign that homeowners should be especially careful when picking someone to work for them. All to often you’ll hear what you want to hear rather than what you need to know. Here are a couple of suggestions you might want to follow.
1. Make sure you pick someone that is licensed and insured. If someone is injured on the job and the contractor is not licensed or insured you could be responsible.
2. Always get referrals from people the contractor is currently working for or has just finished a job for. It’s easy to get a referral posted..true or false.
3. I’ve seen many apparently “excellent” contractors suddenly disappear or have their work ethic change for numerous reasons. You don’t want them to be working for you when that happens.
4. Talk to local building officials about your choice and check the records for red tagged permits.
5. Read the contract carefully. Use extreme diligence here. There are a lot of unknowns in building, especially when remodeling.
6. Consider a qualified consultant, especially if you won’t be around during the project.
7. Questions? Rusty Chinnis 941-650-0318

The Evolution of The Key

KwiksetWith Kwikset’s new digital technology you can use your smartphone as an eKey.

About eKeys

What is an eKey?An eKey is an encrypted electronic key. The eKey moves your physical key into the digital world and significantly improves your home access experience. With the Kevo app, you can enjoy the security and convenience of complete key management:

  • Send an eKey to anyone, anywhere, anytime
  • Temporarily disable or permanently delete any user from the Kevo system
  • eKeys never expire and can be reassigned from one person to the next
  • Check out the new technology at http://www.kwikset.com/kevo

After The Project

After The Project

Rusty Chinnis Contractor Inc. - Kitchen PortfolioIf you’ve made the right decisions, hired the right Contractor and made a conscious effort to understand your plans and specifications you should have been rewarded with a project that met or exceeded your expectations.  After the project is complete homeowners have an implied warranty of one year as mandated by Florida Construction Law. After that, it’s a matter of having established a relationship based on trust with your builder. A builder with a good, long standing reputation will be responsive to his clients after the implied warranty, and will be an advocate well into the future. This is especially important for home owners that spend a significant amount of time up north (snow birds) during the summer and other times of the year. Having a professional that knows your home, who is trusted and looks out for your interests, is the real test of a business relationship.  When  something goes wrong or you need service it’s disconcerting to not get a return call or to find that the number that once reached your contractor’s office is no longer in service.  The initial costs of a project are important, but the relationship can be far more important.

Understanding Contracts

Understanding Contracts

Understanding Contracts

 

Why are contracts so important? The contract is the legal document  between a contractor and a client that spells out the terms of the agreement for a construction project. Contracts detail the responsibilities of the

contractor and what they will be providing the client.

Are there different kinds of contracts? Contracts may be a cost plus or

a fixed sum. A cost plus contract will vary according to any changes made

during the progress of the project but the administration costs and profit

margin will be agreed upon in advance. In either case contracts should be

tied to the specifications and the plans.

How do change orders relate to contracts? Change orders affect the

scope of work and the costs. How change orders are handled should be

agreed upon before the work is initiated. In general, work above and

beyond the contract amount is not done before a change order is signed. In

the field small changes may need to be initiated immediately to expedite

the completion of the project.

What else do you need to know? The contract should also spell out

the date by which the contract price must be accepted and details such as

responsibilities for insurance. A well thought out and executed contract is

essential.

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