How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor
Hiring a renovation contractor can be rather daunting. After all, sometimes it may feel like there are as many positive prospects out there as there are negative. The question is, how do you go about everything in order to find the perfect one for your project?
If you’re prepping for a big renovation, the following are some tips that can help:
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Do your research.
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This would be true for both the project itself and the contractor you’re hiring. Of course, you’ll want to have a clear picture of what you want the outcome to be, and an realistic budget of what you’re able to spend.
In terms of the contractor, you want to keep to on professionals who can show their experience with your kind of project, preferably through testimonials and actual work samples. Definitely, you’ll want a contractor who is accredited and insured.
Interview a number of contractors.
By the time you find two or three contractors who appear capable of doing the work, schedule an interview. Ask questions, including whether or not they’ve ever worked on a job of this scale, if they are sure they can pull the necessary permits for the project, and how long they predict everything will take.
As they reply, listen closely and try to pick up cues for professionalism. Given that they will be coming frequently into your home, you want to go for someone you’re comfortable with and who looks capable of producing quality work.
When reviewing estimates, make sure all details are provided, especially the cost of each material to be used and a price for the total predicted number of labor hours. Note that the cheapest contractor may not always be your best option. Do your homework regarding how much your project will probably cost. Be sure to take into account such factors as experience and available work samples. Sometimes, a bigger upfront cost is worth it in the long run if that means a trouble-free transaction.
Have everything in writing.
Finally, after you’ve settled on the contractor whom you feel is the right fit for your job, be sure to get their quote a legally binding contract. This contract should cover items like schedule of payments and the process through which changes to the original project terms may be implemented. Of course, it must also be signed by both parties.
Though no one wants to think of a bad outcome, having a signed contract will give you legal recourse in case you need for whatever reason during the course of the project. Keep in mind that true professionals know that putting terms in writing does not only protect you but also themselves. Hence, you shouldn’t think twice requiring such a document. It’s just part of your job as a responsible consumer.