FAQ for General Contracting Services

  1. What range of services do you offer?
    We specialize in building new custom homes, handling both residential and commercial projects with a high degree of customization to meet our clients’ unique needs.
  2. How long have you been in the business?
    We have over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, providing reliable and quality service to our clients.
  3. Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
    Yes, our company holds all necessary licensing, insurance, and bonding to ensure that your project is completed safely and to the highest industry standards.
  4. Can you handle both residential and commercial projects?
    Yes, we are equipped to manage both residential and commercial construction projects, offering a wide range of services to meet various needs.
  5. How do you charge for your services? Do you provide detailed estimates?
    Yes, we provide detailed estimates to ensure transparency and help you understand all aspects of the project costs.
  6. What is your process for starting a new project?
    Our process begins with a meeting with the client to figure out exactly what they want, ensuring that we fully understand their vision and requirements.
  7. How do I get a quote for my project?
    Get in contact with us, and we’ll set up an appointment to meet with you to discuss your project in detail and provide a comprehensive quote.
  8. Do you offer design services, or do I need to have plans ready?
    We can recommend other designers that can work with you and within your budget to ensure your vision is accurately captured and executed.
  9. How are changes to the original plan handled?
    Changes to the original plan are managed through transparent communication with the client, assessing the impact on the timeline and budget to make necessary adjustments.
  10. What does your project timeline typically look like?
    The project timeline depends on the type of project. We work closely with our clients to establish realistic timelines that reflect the scope of work.
  11. How do you ensure projects stay on schedule?
    We utilize effective project management techniques and projections to keep the project on track, addressing any potential delays promptly.
  12. What quality control measures do you have in place?
    Our quality control measures are comprehensive, ensuring that every aspect of the project meets our high standards for quality and durability.
  13. How do you select subcontractors or specialists for a project?
    We select subcontractors based on their licensing, insurance, quality of work, reliability, and recommendations, ensuring they meet our standards.
  14. What kind of warranty or guarantee do you offer on your work?
    We offer a robust warranty on our work, covering key aspects of construction to ensure your peace of mind. Specific terms can be discussed during the consultation.

Additional General Questions

  1. How are payment terms structured?
    Payments are typically structured in phases, with a deposit required at the start, progress payments at defined milestones, and the final payment upon project completion. Specific terms will be outlined in our contract.
  2. What happens if the project goes over budget?
    We strive to provide accurate estimates and manage projects efficiently to avoid going over budget. If unforeseen costs arise, we discuss options with our clients to make informed decisions together.
  3. How do you address dissatisfaction or problems with the completed project?
    Client satisfaction is our top priority. If there are any issues or dissatisfaction, we encourage clients to contact us immediately to discuss how we can rectify the situation.
  4. How do you handle obtaining permits and inspections?
    We manage all aspects of permits and inspections, ensuring that the project complies with local regulations and building codes from start to finish.
  5. Do you have experience with sustainable or green building practices?
    Yes, we are committed to sustainable building practices and can incorporate green building techniques and materials into projects according to client preferences and project requirements.
  6. What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your worksite?
    Worksite safety is paramount. We adhere to strict safety protocols, including regular safety briefings, proper equipment, and compliance with all OSHA guidelines to protect both our workers and your property.
  7. How are unforeseen issues or delays handled?
    We communicate any unforeseen issues or delays to our clients as soon as possible, along with proposed solutions, to minimize impact on the project timeline and budget.
  8. Do you provide references or examples of previous work?
    Yes, we are happy to provide references and examples of our previous work to demonstrate our capability and quality.
  9. Can you work within my budget to achieve my vision?
    We work closely with our clients to align their vision with their budget, offering solutions and alternatives to meet their goals without compromising quality.
  10. What documentation will I receive once the project is completed?
    Upon completion, clients receive all relevant documentation, including warranties, maintenance guides, and any necessary certification.
  11. How do we communicate during the project?
    Communication is key to a successful project. We establish a clear communication plan with our clients, including regular updates and points of contact, to ensure smooth and transparent communication throughout the project.
  12. How do I prepare for the initial consultation?
    Bring any ideas, plans, or inspirations you have for your project. A list of needs, wants, and a budget will also help guide our discussion.
  13. What geographic areas do you serve?
    [Generic answer] We serve clients in [specific regions, cities, or areas], but we’re willing to consider projects outside these areas on a case-by-case basis.
  14. How can I track the progress of my project?
    We provide regular updates through emails, calls, or a project management app, ensuring you’re informed of the progress every step of the way.
  15. Do you assist with the design and selection of materials?
    While we primarily focus on construction, we work closely with design partners and can guide you through the material selection process to align with your project goals.
  16. What’s the difference between a quote and an estimate?
    An estimate provides a rough idea of the cost, based on initial information. A quote is more detailed and precise, typically provided after a thorough assessment.
  17. How do subcontractor payments work? Are they included in your estimate?
    Subcontractor costs are included in our overall project estimate, and we handle all subcontractor payments to simplify the process for you.
  18. What measures do you take to minimize disruption and mess during construction?
    We prioritize site cleanliness and organization, using barriers and daily clean-ups to minimize disruption and ensure safety.
  19. Can you manage a project that involves historic preservation or renovation?
    Yes, we have experience with historic renovations, understanding the unique challenges and regulations involved in preserving historic integrity while updating for modern use.
  20. How do you handle scope creep or project changes once construction has begun?
    We work closely with clients to review any requested changes, discuss their impact on scope, timeline, and budget, and adjust the project plan as agreed upon.
  21. What energy-efficient or sustainable construction options do you offer?
    We offer various energy-efficient solutions and sustainable materials to enhance your project’s environmental friendliness and long-term savings.
  22. How are construction delays communicated and resolved?
    We communicate delays promptly, explaining the cause and adjusting the timeline. We explore all options to mitigate delays and keep the project moving forward.
  23. What is your policy on construction waste removal?
    We responsibly manage construction waste, employing recycling and proper disposal methods to minimize environmental impact.
  24. Can you provide assistance with zoning laws and community regulations?
    Yes, we navigate zoning laws and community regulations, ensuring your project complies with all local requirements.
  25. How do you ensure privacy and security during construction?
    We implement measures to secure the worksite and protect your privacy, with protocols for access and safeguarding personal information.
  26. Do you have experience with smart home technology integration?
    We stay abreast of smart home technologies and can integrate various systems and features to enhance your home’s functionality and efficiency.
  27. How do you determine the project completion date?
    The completion date is estimated based on the project scope, workforce availability, and material delivery times, considering any potential for unforeseen delays.
  28. What happens if there is damage to my property during construction?
    We take responsibility for any damage caused during construction, ensuring repairs or replacements are handled promptly and efficiently.
  29. How flexible are you with project modifications after construction begins?
    We strive to accommodate modifications, understanding that needs can evolve. We discuss the implications of changes to ensure client satisfaction while maintaining project integrity.
  30. How often will I have meetings or check-ins with the project manager?
    Meeting frequency is based on project complexity and client preference, ranging from weekly updates to critical milestone meetings.
  31. Are there any types of projects you don’t handle?
    We specialize in custom home builds and significant renovations but may refer highly specialized or small-scale jobs to trusted partners.
  32. What’s your approach to ensuring a project matches the client’s vision?
    We maintain open lines of communication, using visuals like renders and material samples, to ensure alignment with the client’s vision throughout the project.
  33. How do you prioritize tasks on a complex project?
    We prioritize tasks based on the project timeline, critical path, and dependencies, ensuring efficient progression and resource allocation.
  34. What is your policy regarding onsite safety for workers and clients?
    We adhere to strict safety standards, providing training, equipment, and continuous oversight to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved.
  35. How can clients be best prepared for project milestones or decisions?
    We provide clients with a project roadmap, highlighting key milestones and decision points, and offer guidance to make informed choices.
  36. What sets your contracting business apart from competitors?
    Our dedication to quality, transparent communication, and personalized service ensures that every project reflects our commitment to exceeding client expectations.

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AKOPI BUILDERSAkopi Builders is a Los-Angeles-based general contractor focused on modern design, interiors and landscapes. From our inception, we have delivered exceptional works. As a full-service contractor.

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10524 Arnwood Rd.
Lake View Terrace CA USA

T. 818-214-7500E. hovik@akopibuilders.com