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    What is the difference between a design/build and a construction firm?

    The difference between a traditional construction firm and a design + build firm is, simply put; the people building your project also design it.

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    What is Design/Build?

    Design/Build is a method of project delivery in which the homeowner/client contracts directly with a single entity that is responsible for both the design and construction services for a client’s project. Design/Build is the alternative to design – bid – build.

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    What are the benefits of using the Glickman Design Build process?

    Single Point of Contact Your New Construction or Home Remodeling project is in the hands and is the responsibility of a single entity. This allows the client to focus on timely decision-making, as well as consider present and future needs.

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    Why should I choose Glickman Design Build for my project?

    • Trust: We have been providing design/build services for over 33 years and have build a strong reputation based on our integrity and commitment to client satisfaction.
    • Experience: There’s over 75 years of remodeling and building experience between Russ Glickman and Wayne Jackson
    • Communication: We communicate well; we ask good questions; we understand your expectations so we can meet your needs.
    • Teamwork: We include you as an integral part of our team, every step of the way
    • We Care: We are committed to creating a positive experience for you. We go above and beyond to make sure that this happens for you.
    • Proven track record & unmatched credentials

    Is your firm licensed and bonded? Yes, Glickman Design Build is licensed and bonded in Washington, DC, Maryland, and VA & also has the highest level of licensing in Virginia (Class A), MD and DC based on our financial strength.

    How much will my project cost?

    The final cost of your project will depend upon several factors including the size and number of spaces to be addressed, materials to be used, the types of appliances and fixtures you choose, and more. We do our very best to provide you with the most accurate project cost possible to assist you in your planning.

    Do you offer financing?

    Glickman Design Build has longstanding relationships with trustworthy organizations that provide financing and can assist you with obtaining financing from these sources.

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    What is your process?

    We walk you through our signature 3-phase process that you can understand the full scope of your project and show you how we will support you each step of the way.

    What kind of quality assurances or guarantees can you provide me with?

    We stand behind our work 100%. To prove our commitment to delivering the highest quality service, we offer all of our clients a 5-year structural warranty.

    My last contractor left me in the lurch, how can I know that you won’t also?

    We’ve been designing, remodeling, and custom building homes in the Washington, DC metro area for 33+ years. In all honesty, without the solid reputation we’ve built over that time, our company would not have survived for so long.

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    How can I check a contractor’s background for complaints? How far back you can search for complaints?

    In Maryland, anyone may check a contractor’s complaint history by calling the Home Improvement Commission, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, at the following telephone numbers: 1-888-218-5925 (toll free) or 410-230-6309 (Baltimore area), or by sending an email to mhic@dllr.state.md.us. You do a license search at this website

    I have heard horror stories about “change orders”. How do I protect myself from unfair extra costs after I signed a contract?

    We advise you against choosing from among the lowest-priced contractors. In the beginning it may sound like the best bang for your buck, but in the end, typically ends up costing much more than you anticipated.

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    Why do design/build estimates tend to be higher than preliminary estimates from firms that specialize only in construction?

    Design/build firms have a responsibility to you for the total price of the completed project whereas contractors do not.

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    Where can I see live examples of the work you’ve done?

    Please visit our portfolio to see examples of a range of projects we have completed. If you would like to visit a site, please contact us to discuss it in more detail.