Finding a Home Remodeling Contractor
Home remodeling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. You’re basically entrusting your home to people you don’t personally know. You want the renovations to be done fast and within budget, and at the same time, thoroughly and properly. The last thing you want is seeing things breaking apart or not working in a few months.
Hence, it is very important to choose the right home remodeling contractor, and the following are points you have to consider before making that decision:
First of all, you have to search for prospects. Ask your relative, friends, neighbors or colleagues for referrals. You can also search online for local prospects, and don’t forget to read reviews as well (keep to trusted consumer websites).
Once you have found at least two or three good prospects, call them each and arrange for a personal interview. If they refuse to have a personal meeting with you, that’s a glaring warning sign. Reputable contractors are aware of the importance of this step, and only scammers will want to skip it.
During this interview, make sure to ask them about their experience. Five years in the business is a good benchmark. The point is to pick a contractor that has proven itself to be stable. Surely, you have to ask them if they have liability as well as workers’ compensation insurance. Never take the risk of hiring an uninsured contractor.
Before choosing a particular contractor, first talk to some of their past clients. If they hesitate even a bit, that’s another unmistakable red flag. Good contractors will even be enthusiastic about having you receive feedback about them. When you talk to references, you get a good idea of what to expect when you hire a specific contractor.
Bid or Estimate
Good contractors know that they’re competing with other local service providers, so they’re going to try and put in a competitive estimate. Be sure to get a total figure as as the cost of the entire project and a breakdown of the individual costs for materials and labor.
Finally, get a written contract before proceeding with the project. The document should have all the crucial details, such as the company name and physical address, when the project officially starts and is estimated to end, itemized costs of labor and materials, and a waiver of lien, among many others. If you’re not very knowledgeable with home remodeling contracts, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a friend or relative who might be.