Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire Lykos?
The Lykos Group, Inc. has remodeled over 800 homes and condominiums in the past 25+ years. In our decades-long commitment to become the best remodeler in the region, our team has developed an extensive repertoire of proprietary skills, including our Custom Renovation Analysis and our Design/Build Process. When you meet our team, you’ll experience a group of craftsman, planners and thinkers who are passionate about transforming your home into your special place.
What is the difference between fixed price and cost plus contracts?
The Lykos Group, Inc. uses fixed price contracts to give homeowners a set price for all construction costs, materials and labor. Rather than the homeowner paying for unexpected costs, we are responsible for the difference—there will be no surprises when you receive the final invoice. A cost plus contract includes the construction cost plus any additional fee. This can incur additional high additional costs to the homeowner if the contractor incorrectly estimates the price. When you choose fixed price, there are no surprises.
What are your payment terms?
The Lykos Group, Inc. constructs appropriate payment terms for your needs. Invoices are usually sent after the completion of each construction phase.
How long have you been in business?
The Lykos Group, Inc. has been providing custom renovation services in Collier and South Lee counties since 1991. Our principals Tom Lykos and David Raffa have more than 60 years of combined experience.
What services do you offer?
The Lykos Group, Inc.’s team of construction professionals specializes in the custom renovation of single-family homes, condominiums and commercial buildings and offers a full scope of services:
- Whole-Home Luxury Residential Remodeling
- New Custom Homes
- Condominium and Tower Residences
- Condominium Common Area Remodeling
- Commercial Remodeling, including medical and dental offices
- Insurance Loss Repairs
- Construction Defects Remediation
Does every remodeling job need a permit?
The answer is almost always “yes!” Building codes vary by city, county and state and the requirements vary, but a permit is usually required when structural work is being performed or when changing the living area of a home. A professional who works in your city or town every day will know to obtain local requirements. As a general guideline, the only remodeling jobs that do not require a permit are wall coverings, floor coverings and minor repairs.
What is the difference between remodeling and new construction?
When you choose The Lykos Group Inc., you are choosing a remodeler who will respect your space, create an excellent final product and increase the value of your home. A professional remodeler devotes their entire operation to the business of remodeling homes. This focused experience gives the remodeler a thorough understanding of the unique circumstances associated with remodeling.
- A remodeler understands how to work with existing structures to seamlessly blend new and existing finishes.
- A remodeler understands how to complete a renovation as though the home were originally built the way it appears, not altered.
- A remodeler understands your concerns and fears about remodeling.
- A remodeler knows how to work around a homeowner occupying the home during the process.
- A remodeler’s vendors and subcontractors respect the property and act as if they were guests, careful to protect your home while performing the work.
If you choose a builder who also happens to do renovations, you and the builder will be re-learning the renovation process as the project unfolds. A focused remodeler already knows the appropriate permitting, what complications to expect and how to resolve them, how to work with existing structures and much more.
How will my project be supervised?
Unlike many other custom builders, when you work with Lykos Group, Inc., your project will be supervised every single day. The on-site supervisors also oversee and inspect the licensed contractors on a daily basis. This direct oversight assures licensed contractors do not work beyond the scope their professional certification.
Will employees or subcontractors be working on the job?
The Lykos Group Inc.’s supervisors are company employees and are therefore responsible for managing any work assigned to subcontractors. The Lykos Group Inc.’s subcontractors and vendors undergo a careful selection process to assess their knowledge of and experience with remodeling and renovation.
Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance?
The Lykos Group, Inc. is fully insured and a licensed general contractor in the state of Florida. No matter whom you select to complete your remodeling project, you should verify insurance and information by calling the insurance agency and verifying that your contractor holds required licenses by applicable local and state agencies. You can verify a company or individual’s license through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by visiting MyFloridaLicense.com.
May I have a list of references?
The Lykos Group, Inc., will be happy to supply you with references of customers who have completed renovation projects similar to your own. In the meantime, please feel free to visit our testimonial page.
May I have a list of business referrals or suppliers?
The Lykos Group, Inc., will be happy to supply you with contacts from The Lykos Group, Inc. suppliers and businesses with whom we have partnered with to complete renovation projects similar to the one you are considering.
What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business?
More than half of our new business is referred from The Lykos Group, Inc.’s past clients. Many of our clients have returned multiple times for new projects.
Are you a member of a national trade association?
The Lykos Group, Inc. is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Lykos Group, Inc. also maintains memberships and its principals and team members actively participate by serving on committees and holding board of directors’ positions at the following regional and state associations:
- Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA)
- Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA)
Have you or your employees been certified in remodeling or had any special training or education?
- Florida Certified General Contractor
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Designations
- Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
- Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
- Certified Green Professional (CGP)