North Shore Home Remodeling FAQ

Do you have any professional certifications?

I’m a certified Home Improvement Contractor (HIC #181753), hold a Construction Supervisor License, (CSL #108512) am a Certified Lead-Safe builder, and also hold a Certified Remodeler Designation.

As a Home Improvement Contractor, licensed in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, I’m experienced in:

  • Carpentry

  • Demolition

  • Flooring

  • Insulation

  • Masonry

  • Plastering

  • Roofing

  • And many other construction specialties

As a Certified Remodeler, I studied:

  • Green, eco-friendly building and remodeling techniques

  • Building codes and requirements

  • Construction, planning, and how to complete remodeling projects successfully

By becoming a certified Lead-Safe builder, I’ve studied and am experienced in how to work safely in homes built before 1978 that potentially contain lead-based paint.

Do you belong to any trade groups?

Yes! Staying on top of new tools, technologies, and industry trends is very important to me.

I have been a member of the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) since 2008, and am also currently a member of the NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association).

Will I get to stay in my house during the remodeling project?

In most cases, yes, you will be able to continue living in your home throughout the remodeling project. However, during certain phases of work, access to some areas may be limited. This is a tough question to answer, as every home remodeling project is unique!

When you’re finished with a remodeling project, is clean-up and debris removal included?

Yes, we remove all construction related debris and leave the new space vacuum clean.

How many projects does your company balance at one time?

We typically only work on 2 active projects at any one time. This allows us to give all of our clients the attention they deserve.  

How much of your work do you subcontract out?

We subcontract trade specialties which either require their own license (such as electric and plumbing) or which require a high skill level to achieve the best result (such as blueboard and plaster and hardwood floor refinishing.)  

All of our trade partners are licensed and insured (both liability and workman’s compensation coverage.)  We hold all the current certificates of insurance for our trade partners.  

Do you ever hire day laborers?

No, we don’t hire day labor.  

My uncle/father/brother-in-law is an electrician, can he be part of the remodel?

In most cases unfortunately no. In our experience, projects run much more smoothly when we bring in our entire team from start to finis. The addition of even skilled unknown people crucial parts of a remodel changes the equation and often creates uncertainty and substantial delays.

Is your work guaranteed? Do your materials include a transferable manufacturer’s warranty?

Yes, by law in Massachusetts, all of our work is guaranteed for 1 year from completion.  This includes all materials, unless supplied by the owner.  

Are you insured?

Yes. Godfrey Design-Build is fully insured, carrying a $1,000,000 insurance policy to protect your home and property.

Can you provide references?

Check out my testimonials page to see a few of my favorite projects and what my clients had to say about my work. Then give me a call at (978) 867-0400. I’d be happy to answer your questions and put you in touch with homeowners I’ve worked with in the North Shore area.

Are you available to answer questions during the project?

Yes. Ohotpen communication is a key aspect of my design-build process. Throughout your project, I’ll provide updates on the status, including any issues that arise. I’m also available to answer any questions you might have.

I’m interested in getting started. What’s my next step?

I’d encourage you to contact me online or call (978) 867-0400. I’d love to meet with you, talk about your goals for your project, discuss your budget, and visit your home.