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?


  • ★★★★★ "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
  • ★★★★★ "Advanced Design was great to work with! I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a home improvement project. They took the time at the beginning to understand our needs, budget, etc. and also helped us throughout the project with any change orders to stay in line with the upfront requirements...." Review from Mike C. in Lake Barrington, IL - Jun 30, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Advance Design Studio, Ltd. provided us with excellent service, and we definitely will be working more with them in the future." Review from Kim F. in Bull Valley, IL - Jun 15, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "They surpassed my expectations as a contractor." Review from Dauma . in St. Charles, IL - May 25, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "They did a wonderful job, were thorough, knowledgeable, helpful, respectful of our home, and we would use them again. We would totally recommend them." Review from Ange G. in Hoffman Estates, IL - May 17, 2017
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