Finding a Home Remodeling Contractor
Home remodeling is usually fun and exciting, but it can be stressful as well. You’re practically putting your home in the hands of strangers. You don’t only want the job done quickly and on budget, but also meticulously and Correctly. The last thing you want is seeing things breaking apart or not working in a few months.
Therefore, it’s crucial to choose the right contractor for your home remodeling project, and these are the considerations you need to make before hiring one:
First things first, you have to look for prospects. Ask people around you – family, friends, coworkers, etc. – if they have worked with a remodeling contractor worth recommending to you. You can look for local prospects online too, and remember to read reviews on trusted third-party consumer websites.
With at least two or three good prospects, you’re ready to call them each and set an appointment. If they refuse to have a personal meeting with you, that’s a glaring warning sign. Reputable home remodeling contractors know how important this step is, especially for their potential clients, and only the cowboys will not want any of it.
During this meeting, ask them about their experience. Five years in the industry is a good benchmark. The point is to pick a contractor that has proven itself to be stable. Definitely, you have to ask them if they have insurance, both liability and workers’ compensation. Dealing with an uninsured contractor is a risk you don’t want to take.
Before you decide that a contractor is right for you, have a chat with some of their previous clients. If they hesitate even a bit, that’s another unmistakable red flag. Good contractors will even be eager to have you hear about their good work. Speaking to references gives you a picture of what lies ahead when you choose a certain contractor.
Bid or Estimate
Because they know they have some tough competition going, good contractors will always put in a competitive estimate. Make sure it includes the total cost of the project and the individual costs of labor and materials.
Lastly, don’t let the work begin until you have received a written contract. This document should be complete with all the details, such as the name of the company, their physical address and contact details, the start and end dates of the project, an itemized presentation of the costs and a waiver of lien, among others. If you don’t know a thing about home remodeling contracts, you can always ask a more knowledgeable friend or relative for help.