By, CEO Rachel Conroy

The Importance of Having a complete set of Approved Plans Before getting Estimates


Having a complete set of plans for a construction project is essential for several reasons:

Cost Estimation and Budgeting: Comprehensive plans enable accurate cost estimation and budgeting. Contractors can analyze the plans to determine the quantities and types of materials needed, labor requirements, and equipment necessary for the project. This helps in developing an accurate budget and reduces the likelihood of cost overruns or unexpected expenses.

Design Clarity: A complete set of plans provides a detailed representation of the project design. It includes architectural drawings, structural plans, electrical layouts, plumbing designs, and other pertinent details. These plans ensure that everyone involved in the project understands the intended design and can work accordingly.

Coordination and Collaboration: A complete set of plans facilitates coordination and collaboration among various stakeholders, including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. It serves as a reference point for all parties involved, enabling effective communication and minimizing misunderstandings or conflicts during the construction process.

Regulatory Compliance: Construction projects are subject to building codes, regulations, and permit requirements. A complete set of plans ensures compliance with these regulations by incorporating the necessary elements such as safety measures, accessibility considerations, and structural requirements. It allows regulatory authorities to review and approve the project, reducing the risk of legal issues or delays.

Construction Efficiency: With a complete set of plans, the construction process becomes more efficient. The plans provide a roadmap for the construction team, outlining the sequence of tasks and the required materials and equipment. Contractors can follow the plans to optimize workflows, allocate resources effectively, and minimize delays or rework.

Quality Control: A complete set of plans serves as a reference for quality control during construction. Contractors can compare their work to the plans to ensure that it aligns with the intended design and specifications. This helps maintain the desired level of quality and minimizes the risk of errors or subpar workmanship.

Documentation and Record-Keeping: A complete set of plans serves as official documentation of the approved project design and specifications. It provides a record of the construction history, which can be valuable for future reference, property appraisals, insurance purposes, or potential modifications. It also helps maintain consistency and clarity throughout the project lifecycle.

In summary, having a complete set of plans for a construction project ensures design clarity, facilitates coordination and collaboration, ensures regulatory compliance, enables accurate cost estimation and budgeting, enhances construction efficiency, supports quality control, and provides valuable documentation and record-keeping. These benefits contribute to the successful execution of the project, minimizing risks and improving overall outcomes.

Prepare for unforeseen issues. As a Licensed contractor, we have seen far too many issues with plans for multiple reasons. It is always good to prepare for delays in the projects due to any additional requirements or deviation from the plans.

Changes in Design Requirements: During the planning phase, design requirements may change due to evolving project goals, client requests, or unforeseen constraints. These changes can affect the engineering plans and necessitate revisions to accommodate new specifications.

Inadequate Site Investigation: Inadequate or incomplete site investigation can lead to unforeseen issues during the planning phase. Insufficient information about soil conditions, environmental factors, or existing infrastructure can result in design conflicts or the need for costly modifications later in the project.

Regulatory Changes or Requirements: Changes in regulatory codes, permits, or requirements can impact engineering plans. If new regulations come into effect or existing regulations are updated, the plans may need to be revised to comply with the latest standards. This can cause delays and additional work for the engineering team.

Unanticipated Site Constraints: Sometimes, unforeseen site constraints can emerge during the planning phase. Examples include underground utilities, geological conditions, or unexpected archaeological findings. These constraints can affect the proposed engineering plans and require adjustments to mitigate risks or accommodate the site limitations.

Technology Limitations: Advances in technology or new discoveries can render existing engineering plans obsolete or inadequate. For instance, advancements in materials, construction methods, or equipment may necessitate changes to the plans to incorporate more efficient or sustainable alternatives.

Budgetary Constraints: Unforeseen budgetary constraints can pose challenges during the planning phase. If the project budget is reduced or reallocated, the engineering plans may need to be modified to align with the new financial constraints while still meeting the project objectives.

Stakeholder Requirements or Expectations: Changes in stakeholder requirements or expectations can impact the engineering plans. These changes may arise due to feedback from project owners, community stakeholders, or end-users. Adjustments to the plans may be needed to address these concerns and ensure stakeholder satisfaction.

Collaboration and Coordination Issues: Poor collaboration and coordination among different engineering disciplines can result in unforeseen planning issues. Lack of communication or conflicting priorities between architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers, and other team members can lead to design conflicts or oversights in the planning phase.

When unforeseen planning issues occur, it is crucial for the engineering team to assess the situation, identify the root causes, and develop appropriate solutions. Collaboration, flexibility, and adaptability are key to addressing these challenges while maintaining the overall project objectives and timelines.

By, CEO Rachel Conroy

Process of installing granite countertops


     We want to talk about granite countertops. Choosing what type of product to use on your countertops may be a difficult task. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices for homeowners when selecting a kitchen countertop. The natural beauty and impressive durability of granite make it an excellent option for high-traffic areas, such as kitchen countertops.

     The granite countertop fabrication and installation process requires expertise, skill, and attention to detail. This post will take a closer look at the granite countertop fabrication and installation process.

     The fabrication process begins with measurements. First, the Fabricator visits the home to measure the countertop area precisely. These measurements are then used to create a template, which will be used to cut the granite slab to the exact size and shape of the countertop. This will help determine how many granite slabs you will need for your project.

     The next step is the selection of the granite slab. Fabricators typically have a small selection of granite slabs available. Most fabrication contractors will send you to a local supplier that has a large selection of stones to choose from. Each slab may have different variations in pattern and color; it is wise to not only pick out the exact granite slabs you want and make sure the supplier tags those slabs for delivery. Once the Granite slab has been selected, schedule the transport to the fabrication facility.

     Once the granite slab arrives at the fabrication facility, it is important that you inspect them for any imperfections or blemishes. If any defects are found, this should be addressed before the fabrication process begins. Once the fabrication begins, the slabs cannot be returned.

     The granite slab is placed on a large cutting table, and the template is used to mark the cuts. The first cut is made using a diamond-tipped saw, which cuts the slab to the approximate size and shape of the countertop. This cut is rough and still needs many polishing and shaping steps to turn the granite slab into a stunning countertop.

     The edges of the slab are then polished using a series of power tools. Your Fabricator will add the chosen edge detail to your slab. A router shapes and polishes the edges, creating a smooth, clean, and elegant finish. Additionally, the Fabricator ensures that the countertop's edges are uniform and consistent in thickness to maintain a professional look.

      The final step of the granite countertop fabrication process is the installation. The installation team arrives at the home with the finished countertop, and they carefully place it onto the cabinetry. The team will use an adhesive to secure the countertop to the cabinets and will also use a silicone sealant to fill any gaps between the countertop and the walls.

      Finally, the countertop is inspected for any possible issues, such as scratches or chips, ensuring the homeowners are completely satisfied with their new countertop. Finally, the installation team cleans the workspace and leaves the area in the same state as before the countertops' installation.

By, CEO Rachel Conroy

Tips for remodeling your home.

Home remodeling can be an exciting but overwhelming experience. While the prospect of creating your dream home is undoubtedly alluring, the process of remodeling can be a daunting task that requires careful consideration and planning. In this blog post, we'll explore some key things you should know about remodeling your home, to help you make informed decisions and ensure that your project runs smoothly.

  1. Define your goals and budget

The first step in any remodeling project is to clearly define your goals and establish a realistic budget. Consider what you hope to achieve with your renovation and how much you are willing to spend to achieve it. Setting a budget and sticking to it is crucial to ensure that you don't overspend and end up with a half-finished project.

  1. Research and choose the right contractors

Choosing the right contractors for your project is critical to its success. Take time to research and identify reputable contractors in your area. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients and ask for references from the contractor. Be sure to get several bids and compare prices to ensure that you get the best value for your money.

  1. Plan for the unexpected

No matter how well you plan your remodeling project, unexpected issues can still arise. Be prepared for these contingencies by setting aside a contingency fund of at least 10% of your total budget. This will help cover unexpected expenses such as mold or water damage, which may not be apparent until the renovation is underway.

  1. Consider the long-term implications

While it's important to create a space that meets your immediate needs, it's also essential to consider the long-term implications of your remodeling project. Think about how your renovation will impact the value of your home, and whether it will make sense in the long run. For example, a luxurious swimming pool may be attractive now, but it may not be practical or desirable in the future.

  1. Be patient

Finally, it's important to be patient throughout the remodeling process. Remodeling can be a time-consuming and stressful experience, so try to stay focused on the end goal and be prepared for delays or setbacks. Remember that the end result will be worth the effort, and that you'll have a beautiful, functional home that you can enjoy for years to come.

In conclusion, remodeling your home is an exciting project that requires careful consideration and planning. By defining your goals and budget, choosing the right contractors, planning for the unexpected, considering the long-term implications, and being patient, you can ensure that your renovation runs smoothly and meets your expectations. With the right mindset and approach, your dream home is within reach.


By: CEO Rachel Conroy


Have water damage? Don't make a plumber your first call.

You have Water Damage, you panic, call the Plumber? Maybe then call a Water Damage Restoration Company for the mitigation? Now you have to not only find a Contractor but you are now lost in the red tape of the complex claims process. Instead you should call a licensed and experienced company such as ours. We can handle your claim from start to finish. 

     If you call a plumber first know that they can not restore your home. I can not tell you how many homes we enter with holes in the wall or even in the concrete for reroutes/repipes left open. They will get your water back on and that is it. Also know that 99.9% of Insurance companies do not cover plumbing reroutes or pipe repairs. If you are lucky, they may cover the drywall patch, which is rare, but the Plumber will not patch the holes. You will need to hire a contractor for that and it is typically an out-of-pocket expense

    If you have water damage, you need a restoration mitigation company. TCC General Contracting Inc is a Water Damage Restoration Company IICRC certified firm and an S520 Micro Mold Remediation Contractor. We also are certified In Rapid RH concrete drying and are an EPA Lead safe Firm. We can handle your claim and eliminate the need for multiple contractors.

    Contractors' license laws are complex. For example, a plumber may hold a plumbing license only. So they can only perform that trade legally. It is a misconception that a Licensed B General Contractor cannot handle your reroute of plumbing. They can also do your drywall and paint. As long as they are performing more than two trades. (framing doesn't count as one of the trades.) Check out Fast Facts on for these facts and more.

    * TCC General Contracting Does not perform Lead and Asbestos abatement. These require specialty licenses, but we can guide and inform you of the process that needs to take place.

    Unless you are a trained project manager who wants to handle all the multiple contractors, Let TCC be your first call. With our skilled team of tradesmen, We can handle Plumbing reroutes and repipes, including drywall repairs AND MORE. So please don't get stuck in the game of call my friend or here's a card, or you will be stuck in an even longer claims process.


We are skilled in using Xactimate, the insurance industry's # 1 used underwriting program, and Matterport 360 photos. Our company will walk you through the next phase, the repairs process, which can be even more confusing and stressful. By contacting us first, you eliminate all the go-betweens and deal with one company.


  • We are a Licensed General Contractor.
  • Certified Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation Contractor.
  • From the planning phase to production, our project management is top-notch.
  • Skilled in Xactimate and Insurance claims for property loss.
  • Our ability to assist you with your dream kitchen, bathroom, office, backyard paradise, and more is unparalleled.
  • We pride ourselves on producing the best for our clients and giving them peace of mind that their investment is safe with us.
  • From our cabinet and custom countertop fabrication shop to our team of skilled tradesmen, we ensure you get only the best quality work from our licensed and certified experts.


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By: CEO Rachel Conroy

Winter and Water Damage

Winter is coming! Colder weather means that pipes might freeze and burst causing a flood in your home! And we at TCC want to make sure you know what to expect in the event of water damage at your home or property. (As a side note to try and avoid water damage keep your heater on if you leave for vacation to keep your pipes from freezing. )


*Call a company that is licensed to handle water restoration

The most important step is to call a construction company that is IICRC water damage restoration certified. You would be surprised to know that most carpet cleaning companies are NOT licensed contractors yet perform water damage restoration work!

Legally you must hold a license even to remove a piece of baseboard or drywall. Most homeowners, even insurance adjusters, do not know this.We at TCC are licensed in Mold Remediation S520, hold an IICRC Water Damage Restoration certification, are EPA certified, and are a licensed General Contracting Company. We use Xactimate and have an excellent reputation in the industry with Property Owners and Insurance Adjusters. Make TCC your first call in the event of Water Damage. We don't just tear your home apart and walk away. At TCC, we will adequately dry your structure, write an accurate repair estimate and submit it to your insurance company and come to an agreement with your adjuster to bring your home back to pre-loss condition.


Important insurance claim information 

Below is some general information that may help you in the event of an Insurance claim. Please read your Insurance Policy carefully and ask your agent about your coverage in detail.


*Depending on your insurance policy coverage, a plumbing re-pipe or the holes in the drywall made by the re-pipe are not covered by your insurance company. This could mean you will be out of pocket more than your deductible. You could potentially have to pay the plumber for the repairs and then a contractor to repair the holes made by a re-pipe.


*Some insurance policies exclude mold /fungi entirely or have a max dollar amount cap on the

remediation and repair of any area affected by mold. It is essential to note it only takes a short period of time for mold to grow. If your policy doesn't cover this peril, you’re looking at a significant out-of-pocket expense.


-If you are a renter, PLEASE obtain renters insurance; most insurance companies will not cover damage to your belongings in the event of a loss. Nor will they pay for your belongings to be moved. This can pose a costly problem for you as a renter.


- When you call your insurance company to report a loss, remember you have a legal right to use a contractor of your choice. Please don't assume the insurance company’s preferred vendors have your best interest in mind; almost all preferred vendors are paid directly by the insurance company, and instead of following the IICRC Standard Guideline, they tend to follow the Insurance adjuster’s advice, which isn’t always in the best interest of the insured. Always make sure the contractor coming out is knowledgeable and educated and trained in water damage restoration.


-Non- Recoverable means the insurance is NOT covering this cost, and it will be an expense you, the insured, need to pay.


-Most top insurance companies use a program called Xactimate to write the repairs estimate for your home. However, it is essential to keep in mind adjusters are not licensed contractors; some lack the knowledge needed to write an accurate estimate. This program is very detailed and line itemized, and easy for someone who doesn’t understand the industry to miss important and costly information in the estimate.


*It is vital to understand your policy coverage. Don’t hesitate to call your agent and ensure you have all the proper coverages you need.*


Understanding your estimate

Understanding your estimates is essential. Depending on the size of your loss, you could have multiple separate estimates for the following:


-Pack out & Pack Inn (the moving of personal belongings)


-EMS or Water mitigation (the tear-out and drying of the structure)


-Mold Remediation (mold fungi remediation, removal of mold, and encapsulation of affected area)


-Asbestos & Lead abatement (the removal and reduction of asbestos and lead in Structures that test positive in Pre-1980 structures)


-Repairs- The act of repairing the home to pre-loss condition. 

*It is essential to understand. Insurance companies do not pay to upgrade your home. The insurance companies pay for like kind and quality.

*Your policy may have recoverable and non-recoverable depreciation. Recoverable means once the repairs are complete, they will issue that portion of the money to you to pay your contractor in full.


We at TCC wish you all A Happy Holiday Season free from any water damage issues. We hope this information was helpful to you.