Common Sense Remodeling FAQ’s

Honest Common Sense Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Remodeling

It’s critical when choosing a company to make your remodeling dreams come true that you are asking the right questions. So we’ve compiled some of the most common questions homeowners typically ask us about remodeling to help you out, and to explain why Common Sense Remodeling makes, well; common sense!


Question of the Week:

Will I need to move out of my house during the remodeling?

Choosing the Right Company:

What should I be looking for when hiring a remodeling company?
What questions should I ask a past client given as a referral?
Why is having a “budget direction” so important when planning a renovation?
What is the advantage of hiring a company that provides all of the products and services necessary for my complete project?
Will it be more expensive to hire a company that handles everything than if I put these people together and manage them myself?
How will I know I am getting the best company for my investment?
How will I know that I can trust the company I hire to complete my project on time and within the projected price?
Should I get more than one estimate before making a decision?
Why shouldn’t I hire the contractor who has the cheapest proposed project price? If he can do it for this price, why can’t everyone?
How do I determine which company provides the best value when comparing remodeling companies?

About Advance Design:

Does Advance Design provide a free estimate?
Does Advance Design “bid” projects?
Does Advance Design use subcontractors?
Does Advance Design have architects on staff?
Can I provide my own products?
Can I do some of my own work or hire my own subcontractors?
Advance Design looks really nice, are you expensive?
Does Advance Design accept credit card payments or have financing?

About My Project:

Do I need an architect?
Do I need to get a permit for my project?
Should I budget for costs beyond the proposed amount?
Will I need to move out of my house during the remodeling?
How long will my project take to complete?
Do you take any special measures to handle dust during my project?
Can you tell me about the workers who will be in my home during construction?
What type of client makes the best remodeling client?


  • ★★★★★ "Advance design studio did a terrific job for us. We really appreciated how easy it was to work with them on a complex project of the complete remodeling of two bathrooms. They very capably handled all the details from design to project management to construction. It is a great group of people to work..." Review from Mike H. in Barrington Hills, IL - Jan 05, 2018
  • ★★★★★ "Phenomenal ! They're the only ones we will be having work on our home in the future ! We were so pleased." Review from Catie H. in McHenry, IL - Dec 18, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Partnering with Advanced Design Studio for our Kitchen Remodel was a wonderful experience. The entire process was professional, yet warm. Scott Christensen guided us through the design and selection process with helpful advice, utilizing his design and practical experience to create a kitchen that..." Review from Heidi J. in, IL - Dec 11, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Here’s how good the Advance Design Team is...With Scott and the team from Advance Design, my wife won’t consider anyone else. I know that sounds crazy, but they are just that good!!" Review from Roger G. in West Dundee, IL - Dec 02, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Overall it was a very positive experience. Home design can be scary with so many average companies out there. Advance went above my expectations. We plan to use them again in the future." Review from Carolyn M. in Barrington, IL - Nov 13, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Outstanding customer service!" Review from Larry G. in Palatine, IL - Aug 28, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "This was our second remodel with Advance Design Studio. We are very happy with their work. We would highly recommend them to anyone in the area." Review from Barb W. in Hampshire, IL - Jul 24, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Advance Design Studio put a second story addition on our home. We were able to live in our home during the renovation. We were AMAZED at how smoothly the project went. The crew is prompt, efficient, professional and as nice as can be. We have recommended Advance Design Studio,Ltd to many people...." Review from Debbie B. in Algonquin, IL - Jul 17, 2017
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